April 29, 2019
A political cartoon, which appeared in the international print edition of the New York Times last week, is drawing a lot of criticism for its glaring anti-Semitic message.
It was a drawing of President Trump wearing a skullcap and being lead by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is portrayed as being a service dog for the blind.
On Saturday, the same day that there was a shooting at a California synagogue during a Passover service, the New York Times Opinion account tweeted:
“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. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it,” the statement concluded.
This non-apology drew almost as much criticism both in the US and internationally as the origional cartoon. Political cartoonist Shay Charka drew this parody cartoon in response:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) Texas tweeted his belief that “Even if unintentional, the left has normalized anti-semitism under the guise of criticizing US-Israel foreign policy. It is radicalizing people. NYT was latest example along with their weak-at-best apology.”
Responses to Crenshaw’s tweet were mixed with a large number of progressives saying they found Crenshaw’s remarks to be more upsetting than the cartoon itself. Other came out in support of Crenshaw’s comments.
This article was posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5:07 am