I don’t think that anyone is already recovered from last week Thursday’s New York Times’ antisemitic cartoon in its International Edition. Its apologies came too late and too weak. Then it apologized stronger and promised a thorough investigation and substantial changes. The protests are still streaming in, today by me, Trump, Boteach and Israel. A demonstration for today is organized. And I just saw its next anti-Israel cartoon … again in its International Edition.
I must say that I find it hard to believe. I’m too shocked to find the right words. Maybe a joke? Like the picture poking fun at the NYT with a parody, like here and below. But both Arutz Sheva and the Jerusalem Post show the NYT next hate pic. How can this not be true? But how can it be?
What’s wrong with The New York Times’ second cartoon?
- It shows an unhealthy obsession with Israel’s leader.
- Netanyahu is depicted as a blind Moses, coming down the mountain with Commandments. Again, the Jews want to dictate to humanity what is right and what is wrong.
- The content of the Stone Table is the flag of Israel. While Israel is a secular state, it is constantly portrayed as symbol for the Jewish religion as antisemites see no difference between Jews and Zionists.
- But Netanyahu is blind. Don’t think for a moment that the artist has any respect for Bibi’s vision.
- This also is a dog whistle (code) for the accusation that Jews are blind to the suffering of others — no, better: to the suffering they cause others.
- Still, he’s making a selfie (quite a feat for a blind person) to show how obsessed he is with himself. This is a known antisemitic stereotype, that Jews only care about themselves.
Formulating what is wrong with an antisemitic picture can give us words when we are stunned to express what is wrong.
Yet, let us remember how well the US is doing regarding the Jews. It used to be as normal as segregated schools that Jews couldn’t be members of high society clubs. That would now be unthinkable. In a short time span, the US has shaped up significantly. Despite many hate-mongering reports about Israel and unbridled Nazi propaganda for decades (“Free Speech”), the US population is largely pro-Israel, and so is the Hill. No doubt, partly because of its respect for Christian values who so much go back to Jewish values.
This so different from the Middle East where millions of children daily are indoctrinated with hatred for Jews and a wish to kill as many Jews as possible. One shooting 19-year old is considered horrific in the US. Whole nations dreaming of killing Jews are ignored. And that needs to stop most.