Caricature in the New York Times
Ben-Dror Yemini

Does Jewish anti-Semitism exist?

Opinion: The controversial caricature published by the Jewish-owned New York Times, showing Trump as a blind Jew walking his Netanyahu-looking dog, proves that anti-Israel agenda can evolve into something much bigger

One of the most influential newspapers in the world, the Jewish-owned New York Times decided to present the Jews with a gift in honor of the last day of Passover - a major Jewish holiday - an antisemitic caricature. The controversial cartoon shows US President Donald Trump as a blind man with a skullcap on his head, being led by a dog that looks like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And to make sure the reader knows it is indeed the Israeli premier, the dog has a Star of David dangling from its collar.



That caricature is worth a thousand words. The rhetoric of the likes of Ku Klux Klan and far-right anti-Semites is beautifully conveyed by the caricature published in one of the world’s most liberal newspapers. That caricature erased the differences not only between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism but between the philosophies of the extreme right-wing and extreme left-wing as well.


Over the past year, the paper has consistently supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that denies Israel's right to exist and has members who openly express their anti-Semitic views. Although the paper’s content usually has human rights discourse pepperd in, it can’t not hide the ugliness of racism.


Caricature in the New York Times
Caricature in the New York Times


Australian-Iranian Imam Mohamad Tawhidi on Saturday wrote that Islamist ideology considers Jews as offsprings of monkeys, pigs and dogs. Now, claims Tawhidi, the New York Times serves to advance the global jihad agenda. The paper seems to have gotten the message, seeing as it removed the cartoon from its digital edition shortly after, admitting the caricature had anti-Semitic undertones and its publication was “an error of judgement.”


The newspaper could have been forgiven if the cartoon was their only “error of judgement.” Given the paper’s continued support for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - who on multiple occasions made anti-Israel and anti-Semitic remarks - it’s hard to take the apology of the New York Times seriously. Every newspaper makes mistakes, the problem here is that it all seems to be part of an anti-Israel agenda.


In addition, on the eve of the Passover Seder, the paper’s Jewish readers had been treated to an article which speculated that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. I don’t believe that the newspaper's editors are so ignorant that they don’t know Jesus’s origins, they are probably just trying to prove Trump’s notion that media does indeed publish “fake news”.


Omar, for her part, was enthusiastic about the article describing Jesus as a Palestinian, and didn’t hesitate to tweet her support for this theory. The New York Times for their part once again issued an apology in this instance as well, once again citing an error of judgement. Well, at least Omar and this newspaper - which is owned by Jews but insists on being anti-Jewish - have fallen deeply in love with each other.


The New York Times has excellent writers who don’t hesitate to criticize the paper’s anti-Israeli obsession. There is, however, something incredibly sad about the fact that a world-famous newspaper, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Days, publishes a caricature that reminds us of something that could have been seen in Der Stürmer (German tabloid during the Nazi regime).


This whole situation provides us with an answer to the question whether Jews can be anti-Semitic? That caricature proves that yes! There is indeed such thing as Jewish anti-Semitism.


פרסום ראשון: 04.28.19, 16:18
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