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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Is The New York Times Anti-Semitic? Absolutely!

In a blog entry earlier this month, I examined a New York Times editorial entitled "Anti-Semitism in the Soccer Stands," condemning anti-Semitic conduct by fans and players during European football matches. After providing evidence of anti-Semitism that has found its way onto the pages of the Times in recent years, I concluded:

"I would suggest to the editorial board of the Times that anti-Semitism in the United States, particularly its 'highbrow' form in the media, can be just as sinister as the baser strains of this disease which exist in the Middle East and Europe. Moreover, American anti-Semitism is far 'closer to home' than the editorial board would care to believe."

We now have more evidence of this despicable tendency of the Times. As reported by The Algemeiner in an article entitled "New York Times Again Blasted for ‘Skewed’ Headline in Coverage of Palestinian Stabbing Attacks":

"Media watchdogs and Jewish groups on Sunday admonished the New York Times for publishing a headline about Palestinian stabbing attacks in Israel which “blur Palestinian culpability” in the incidents.

The 'skewed' headline, 'Israeli Police Officers Kill Two Palestinian Men,' appeared in Sunday’s edition of the prominent newspaper and detailed in the opening paragraph that the two 'Palestinian men were fatally shot by the Israeli police after attacking officers with knives.'

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In an email to the Algemeiner, one reader alleged that in Sunday’s issue of the Times, another article that appears in print confirms an anti-Israel bias on the part of the “paper of record.”

'Even more interesting is another title in the same edition of the New York Times on an unrelated article: ‘Man, 24, killed by Detective in struggle during arrest’,' said New York native Noam Ohana. 'So, in the New York case we are given a bit of context (there was a struggle) but when a Palestinian tries to butcher police officers/soldiers with a knife it apparently does not require any contextualization in the title.'"

According to the US State Department (my emphasis in red):

"What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?

EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:

DEMONIZE ISRAEL:
• Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
• Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions
DOUBLE STANDARD FOR ISRAEL:
Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation"

Yes, The New York Times is anti-Semitic.

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