Beyond the pale…
The New York Times published an antisemitic cartoon in its Thursday, April 25 international edition. Even Bret Stephens, one of the Times’s best-known Jewish writers, described the cartoon in a column several days later as antisemitic. The cartoon touched off a firestorm of criticism.
The response to the cartoon was a hundreds-strong protest held Monday night in front of the NYT building. The protest was organized in 24 hours. One of the organizers and the event master of ceremonies, Manhattan businessman Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, said to this reporter shortly before the protest: “this cartoon uncorked pent-up anger against the New York Times, I’m hearing from people who say they’ll be here [at the protest] whom I haven’t heard from in years.”
BLIND, BLOATED TRUMP BEING LED BY NETANYAHU-DOG
The cartoon depicted a bloated and blind U.S. President Donald J. Trump wearing a kippah (Jewish headcovering), being pulled along by a dog with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dog’s collar has a Jewish Star dangling from it. Portraying Jews as dogs or other animals is a classic dehumanizing, antisemitic theme.
The New York Times plays a peculiar and outsized role in American Jewish life. The Ochs-Sulzberger family are the founders and still controlling shareholders of the paper. That family, of Jewish origin, took great pains to leave behind their religion of birth through conversion and also through use of their paper.
Protesters rally outside of NYT against anti-Semitic cartoon
Watch: Alan Dershowitz, Dov Hikind rip New York Times at protest organized following publication of anti-Semitic cartoon.
Protesters gathered outside of the offices of The New York Times in Manhattan Monday evening, condemning the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon last week.
Chanting “shame on you” and waving American and Israeli flags, demanding the paper take action against employees responsible for the publication of a caricature portraying Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind President Donald Trump who is depicted wearing a kippah.
Jurist and former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz spoke at the rally, alongside former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a former New York State government official and Principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management.
Dershowitz said the anti-Semitic cartoon was reminiscent “of a very dark time in Jewish history,” and hit the paper for its coverage of Israel and Jewish-related stories.