UPDATED 1:10 PM PT — Monday, April 29, 2019
The New York Times is drawing stark criticism for an illustration published in its April 25th international edition.
The image in question is a political cartoon, which personifies President Trump as a blind leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a service dog wearing the Star of David as a collar. Readers around the world were quick to condemn the cartoon, some going as far to compare the image to anti-Semitic propaganda in Nazi-era Germany.
In response the New York Times apologized over Twitter Sunday, stating they are “deeply sorry” and “committed to making sure nothing like this happens again.” They alleged a faulty process reportedly allowed a single editor to curate and place the image on the opinion page. The Times vowed to make significant changes to internal processes and training.
However, at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise and a California synagogue mourns one dead after a violent shooting Saturday, some critics believe the incident was not simply an error of judgment.
Leaders around the world have spoke on anti-Semitism this week as the topic transcends party politics.
The American Jewish committee slammed the New York Times’ first statement tweeted on Saturday, saying apology not accepted.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. denounced the paper, calling the controversy a flagrant display of anti-Semitism.
Israeli cartoonist Shay Charka also took aim at the international controversy, publishing a counter-illustration depicting the newspaper as a blind person being led by “The Protocols” — an anti-Semitic book from the early 1900s.
— שי צ'רקה shay charka (@ShayCharka) April 28, 2019
Time will only tell if the controversy was merely a slip of processing or a projection of larger trends stoking hate.