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WaPo Uses Picture of NYC Orthodox Jews for Story About Ohio Measles Outbreak

WaPo Uses Picture of NYC Orthodox Jews for Story About Ohio Measles Outbreak

“The medias [sic] obsession with Orthodox Jews is so twisted, that an article about a measles uptick in a Somalian community in Ohio, features 2 pictures of NY Orthodox Jews.”

The Washington Post has an article about a measles outbreak in Ohio. Of course, the publication tried to tie it to people hesitant about the COVID vaccine.

Any Legal Insurrection reader knows measles cases have increased ever since that wacko “scientist” claimed the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine caused autism. Leslie keeps us updated on anything related to viruses!

But the featured image.

Wait wait wait!

One of the photos in the article is also of a Jew in NYC in 2019.


The story is about a measles outbreak in Columbus, OH, while also mentioning an outbreak in Minnesota in a similar community. Hint: Not the Jewish community:

Some of the cases occurred in Columbus’s large Somali community, the second-largest Somali population in the United States after the Minneapolis area, Roberts said. Parents have said they “intentionally delayed” giving their children the measles vaccine because of their fear of autism, she said, despite considerable research disproving any relationship between vaccines and autism. Those fears echoed similar concerns of parents in Minnesota’s Somali community during a 2017 measles outbreak that infected 75 children, mostly unvaccinated preschool kids.

Minnesota is also battling a new measles outbreak — 22 cases — as vaccine hesitancy around the MMR vaccine continues to be an issue, said Doug Schultz, spokesman for the Minnesota health department.

Officials are bracing for more cases in the coming weeks as families travel and gather indoors for the holidays. At least 29 of the Ohio children have been hospitalized, some so sick they required intensive care.

Most of the sickened children — 78 percent — are Black, 6 percent are Asian, 6 percent are White, and 4 percent are Hispanic, according to Columbus officials.

But not Jews..except for a 2019 outbreak. Yes, 2019…BEFORE the COVID outbreak and vaccine.

What. The. Heck.

You would miss the mention of Orthodox Jews in the article if you skimmed it. One line:

In 2019, the United States reported the highest annual number of measles cases — 1,294 — in more than 25 years; three-fourths of those cases occurred among New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities.

Overall, the word “Jewish” appears three times in the article, under the photos’ description and the 2019 outbreak.



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It’s time to acknowledge that the WaPo is working to discredit Jewish Americans. This is real tangible antisemitism at the highest levels of the Media.

    guyjones in reply to MattMusson. | December 27, 2022 at 5:10 am

    This attitude and hatred aren’t exclusive to WaPo. It starts and ends with the Jew-hate and Israel-hate/vilification that are intrinsic to the contemporary Dhimmi-crat Party and that comprise a core part of its ethos.

Them damn New York Jews are also swamping Oklahoma emergency rooms with all the Ivermectin they use in that there halvah.

” that wacko “scientist” claimed the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine caused autism.”
IIRC, that “wacko” was being paid by a British law firm, in support of class action law suits against vaccine producers. I think the final total was about $750.000. The Journal, Lancet should have been sued into bankruptcy for publishing the fraudulent Wakefield “research” publication.

This is substantially a valid complaint. The current outbreaks are not among Orthodox Jews, and while there are pockets of vaccine resistance in some Orthodox communities they have historically not been any more significant than those in other communities. Enough to allow for outbreaks, but those happen elsewhere too.

However, a few points:

1. The outbreak in the Detroit suburbs a few years ago was in fact in the Orthodox community of Oak Park and Southfield. It started with a traveler from Israel who came to Detroit, visited several synagogues, and then started to feel unwell. He did the responsible thing: he went to a clinic, was diagnosed, and immediately informed every location where he’d been, and the word spread through the community, which greatly minimized the potential harm. But enough people had caught it that there was an outbreak for a few weeks until it was contained.

2. There has been huge resistance to the Wuhan vaccine within the Orthodox community. That has turned out to be a good thing, so everyone who refused the jab is feeling validated. Unfortunately that has to have a knock-on effect on resistance to other vaccines, including measles. Those who were on the fence about them before this will tend to think that since we were right about Wuhan they’re right to be skeptical of the measles vaccine too. There was recently a polio case in an Orthodox community in upstate NY, leading to a campaign in the community to encourage polio vaccination. This is a genuine worry.

3. Overall the vaccination rate (for normal diseases like measles) among Orthodox Jews is higher than in the general population. But Orthodox Jews are not all identical. There are pockets of skepticism and resistance, concentrated in certain communities, just as there are in other populations. And those can lead to local problems where a particular community or school is undervaccinated. And as I wrote above, this is likely to get worse.

Still, the choice of photos for this article was clearly a very poor editorial decision. Quite possibly by an editor who didn’t actually read the article, just as the people who write headlines often don’t bother reading the article first, and therefore sometimes get them egregiously wrong. In general, stock photos illustrating news articles can be very misleading.

    Eric R. in reply to Milhouse. | December 27, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Milhouse, you seem to be in denial about the level of Jew-hatred on the American left these days against Jews, especially Orthodox ones. And given that you are Orthodox, you are doing yourself no favors.

    Let’s not kid ourselves. The media is now run by COMMUNISTS. No, they don’t officially call themselves that, but for all intents and purposes, that’s what they are.

    And Communists are the source of most Jew-hatred in the West over the last 75 years.

      Milhouse in reply to Eric R.. | December 27, 2022 at 9:42 am

      Huh? Besides the fact that you are exaggerating and wildly generalizing, none of what you wrote is at all responsive to anything I wrote! There is literally nothing I wrote showing any kind of denial of anything.

      But the things I wrote are all facts, which you cannot deny. In particular, the tweet questioning whether “Detroit Suburb communities dress EXACTLY like the Orthodox Hasidic community in NYC” was off base, because in the specific Detroit suburbs discussed, many people do dress that way.

        Crawford in reply to Milhouse. | December 27, 2022 at 12:37 pm

        Detroit isn’t Columbus. Nor is it Minneapolis. Wuhan Vax isn’t the measles vax.

        Why do you insist on comparing things that aren’t the same? Why does it seem you’re doing so to excuse the leftist press using one of the oldest tropes in Jew hatred?

          Milhouse in reply to Crawford. | December 27, 2022 at 3:08 pm

          No, Detroit isn’t Columbus or Minneapolis. Nobody said it was. Detroit is in this post, in specific reference to the measles outbreak that took place there a few years ago; and contrary to what was asserted above, the outbreak was in a Jewish community that does dress like the illustrative photos.

          And no, we’re talking about vaccination against measles, not Wuhan Disease. But irrational resistance to the former inevitably feeds off the completely rational resistance to the latter.

Hey NY Daily News, what makes someone “Ultra Orthodox”?
Asking for a friend.

    Milhouse in reply to Martin. | December 27, 2022 at 12:56 am

    “Ultra orthodox” is a horribly inaccurate term, but the problem is there isn’t really any good term for it. Those who know the community know it when they see it, but there’s no easy word or short phrase that will accurately describe it for an outsider.

    Lately the preferred term has been “Haredi”, which has the advantage that if you don’t know what it means, at least you aren’t mislead into thinking you know. It doesn’t create false images in your head; instead it creates nothing. But it’s not really all that accurate either. 100 years ago it just meant “Orthodox”.

    “Black hat” is another informal term that is also inaccurate, but at least does help you know what you’re talking about, because that is what most such people prefer to wear, and is generally not worn by people who are not in that category.

    Maybe it’s better to define it in a negative way. Haredim are those seriously Orthodox Jews that don’t identify as either Zionist or “Modern Orthodox”. It’s a category that includes Hasidim, “Lithuanians”, Sefardim, old-fashioned Germans, and miscellaneous others. They tend to prefer old-fashioned clothing styles, with an emphasis on black. And that’s about as well as I can do.

    I don’t know whether Ron Coleman, Legal Insurrection’s lawyer, identifies as Haredi, but if he doesn’t he’s certainly Haredi-adjacent.

    I’d describe myself as “Haredi adjacent” or “fringe Haredi”. I don’t dress like a typical Haredi, and I don’t agree with most Haredim on a lot of important issues, but I’m still part of that sector.

      Eric R. in reply to Milhouse. | December 27, 2022 at 6:14 am

      Are you Lubavitcher?

      It is my view that the working difference between Hasidic and Orthodox is the presence of a Grand Rebbe for the group.

      And if you are saying that Haredi are not Zionist (i.e. – Satmar), then are you telling me that Lubavitcher are not Haredi, but ARE still Hasidim?

        Milhouse in reply to Eric R.. | December 27, 2022 at 9:58 am

        Chassidim are a subset of Orthodox, not different from.

        “Grand Rabbi” is a really bad term for “rebbe”, almost as bad as “ultra-orthodox”, but again there isn’t really a better term. If you don’t know what a rebbe is, it’s hard to define. But the presence of a rebbe (now or in the past) is not what defines chassidus; it’s an outcome of a chassidic outlook on life. If one has a chassidic attitude one will seek out someone to act as one’s guide and spiritual master.

        Lubavitch is not only non-Zionist, it is fiercely anti-zionist. Some Lubavitchers hide it well when dealing with outsiders who they think won’t understand, but there is no room in Lubavitch for zionism. But it’s a sophisticated anti-zionism, that has adapted to the fact that the zionist project succeeded and Israel exists. Satmar likes to pretend it’s still 1947, and that if one denies Israel’s existence hard enough it will disappear. Like the rest of the Haredi world, Lubavitch kept up with the news in 1948 and adapted its responses accordingly. In general Lubavitch has always been about trying to fix undesirable situations, rather than spending time denouncing and lamenting them. And it’s also always been about seeing the good even in negative things, because everything in this world is a mixture of good and bad.

    Milhouse in reply to Martin. | December 27, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Put it this way: If some disease is doing the rounds of haredi communities in Brooklyn, NY, I’m likely to be exposed. When we had the measles outbreak a few years ago I was worried enough to make sure my vaccination was up to date and functional. Any doctrinal differences I might have with some or most haredim are irrelevant to viruses.

    henrybowman in reply to Martin. | December 27, 2022 at 7:38 am

    It means they’re Orthodox and MAGA.
    Same thing that makes me Ultra Fascist.
    Or was that Semi Fascist?
    God, I just can’t keep up.

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | December 27, 2022 at 10:04 am

      No, it doesn’t mean that, though both tend to be true. It’s just a really bad attempt to come up with a practical label for a community that defies labeling. Actually “ultra-orthodox” is an insult to non-haredim, since it implies that they are somehow less orthodox than the haredim — something haredim like to think is true, but really isn’t.

      It’s genuinely difficult to define the thing that is being labeled here; it’s a case of “I know it when I see it”. And not always even that.


I’d like to state that I’m surprised at the brazenness of this kind of transparent propaganda stunt by the execrable WaPo, but, I’m not. Jew-hate is pervasive and vicious, among contemporary Dhimmi-crats. They are evil and vile.

JackinSilverSpring | December 27, 2022 at 7:41 am

Bezos’ Compost, Pravda on the Potomac where the truth goes to die in darkness.

The WAPO and the NYT ,like all of the legacy media have significant
“Jewish probl;ems” regarding Israel and the Orthodox Jewish community

It’s the subtle choices like this WaPo example that reveal the character of those in positions of power and influence.

A couple of years ago, during another episode of Arab Muslim terrorist violence in Israel, I recall seeing a printed copy of WaPo, with a front page article on the subject, and, naturally, the picture chosen by the editors to accompany the article was of an Arab Muslim woman and her child, crouching to avoid being hit during a gun battle. Clearly, the image was intended to play up the angle of alleged Arab Muslim victimhood, and, to draw readers’ sympathies for the same.

But, we all know that these editors would never put a photo of a Jewish Israeli mother and child, on the cover, because Israeli Jews can never be portrayed as victims of Arab Muslim supremacism, belligerence and violence.

    Milhouse in reply to guyjones. | December 27, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Sure they would. They would just claim they were Arab. Remember the front page photo in the NYT on the first day of the uprising that started in 2000. The photo showed an American Jewish student who had been beaten by an Arab mob, being rescued by an Israeli policeman, with a gas station in the background. The caption claimed it was an Arab whom the policeman was beating, and that it was taken on the Temple Mount (where there are no gas stations).