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New York Times apologized on Sunday for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoonist in his international edition on Thursday, blaming "a single editor" for allowing the use of offensive images.
The cartoon depicted US President Donald Trump wearing a kippah and being led by a guide dog with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wearing a necklace with a star of David.
O @nytimes crossed a red line today publishing a design infused with anti-Semitic tropes.
While we appreciate your retraction, it is extremely disconcerting that you have received editorial approval first. pic.twitter.com/3YOqzlWoqw
– WJC (@ WorldJewishCong) April 27, 2019
"We deeply regret the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon on Thursday in the printed edition of The New York Times which circulates outside the United States, "the paper wrote. We are committed to ensuring that nothing like this happens again.
"Such images are always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise all over the world, it is even more unacceptable. We investigated how this happened and learned that, because of a defective process, a single editor working without adequate supervision the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the Opinion page.
"The issue remains under review and we are evaluating our internal process and training. We anticipate significant changes."
An earlier response from the Times The cartoon was published on Twitter on Saturday, in which the newspaper pledged to print an Editor's Note in Monday's edition.
This response was not directly excused by the publication of the cartoon, but said it included "anti-Semitic tropes", was "offensive," and it was "an error of judgment to publish it."
– Lahav Harkov (@LhahavHarkov) April 27, 2019
Times columnist and ex Jerusalem Post Office Editor-in-chief Bret Stephens wrote an opinion piece on Sunday, beating his newspaper's decision to publish the cartoon.
"Here was an image that, at another time, could have been published in the pages of Der Sturmer"he wrote, referring to the famous Nazi propaganda publication." The Jew in the form of a dog. The small but cunning Jew leading the mute and confident American. The hated Trump being judaized with a skullcap. "
Stephens corroborated that a single "mid-level editor" had made the decision to include the cartoon "just before the newspaper was printed" and added that the problem did not show intentional anti-Semitism, but "a surprising act of ignorance of anti-Semitism ".
However, he also classified the publication of the cartoon as "almost torrential criticism of Israel and the integration of anti-Zionism" by the Times and others, and that as long as "anti-Semitic arguments or images are framed … as comments on Israel, there will be a tendency to view them as a form of political opinion, not ethnic prejudice."
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