NYTimes Shamed into Apologizing for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The New York Times retracted an anti-Semitic cartoon that attacked President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, admitting it contained “anti-Semitic tropes” without initially apologizing for its offensive connotations.

The Times’s Opinion section of the international edition published the cartoon on Thursday. Along with the use of Jewish symbols, it depicted both men with large, hooked noses—a common stereotype found in Nazi propagandist caricatures.

Israel’s allies, including CNN host Jake Tapper and White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, were quick to condemn the cartoon.

The Times took the cartoon down and included a note that characterized it as having included elements that could be offensive to many in the Jewish community. It also deleted it from its subscription-based wire service, The New York Times News Service and Syndicate.

“A political cartoon in the international print edition of The New York Times on Thursday included anti-Semitic tropes, depicting the prime minister of Israel as a guide dog with a Star of David collar leading the president of the United States, shown wearing a skullcap. The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it,” The Times said in its statement.

But others criticized the response for stopping short of an apology. The issue has been one of particular sensitivity in the wake of inflammatory comments by members of Congress—notably Muslim Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

On Saturday, a shooting attack on a California synagogue left one worshiper dead and others injured.

Israel’s United Nations ambassador Danny Danon also slammed the Times for its anti-Semitism and said the paper should be held accountable.

The cartoon “could have been taken from the pages of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda paper, and yet these actions have gone unpunished,” Danon said in a statement. “I am not in a position of accepting or not accepting the apology, but if somebody made a mistake, I think somebody should be accountable,” adding that such images contribute to violence against Jews.

The Times released another statement on Sunday after further investigation, saying it was “deeply sorry” and vowing to make sure “nothing like this happens again.”

It pinned the decision on a single editor, but failed to name the editor or outline any subsequent consequences.

“We have investigated how this happened and learned that, because of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight, downloaded the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the Opinion Page,” the statement read.