The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. on Monday blasted the New York Times as a “cesspool of hostility towards Israel” — as the newspaper said it has suspended publishing syndicated cartoons after they published an anti-Semitic drawing provided by a wire service.
Ambassador Ron Dermer made the strong rebuke at a Holocaust memorial event at the U.S. Capitol Monday morning.
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“We have also seen one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers become a cesspool of hostility towards Israel that goes well beyond any legitimate criticism of a fellow, imperfect democracy,” Dermer said in his remarks. “The same New York Times that a century ago mostly hid from their readers the Holocaust of the Jewish people has today made its pages a safe-space for those who hate the Jewish state,” he added.
“Through biased coverage, slanderous columns and anti-Semitic cartoons, its editors shamefully choose week after week to cast the Jewish state as a force for evil,” Dermer said.
The cartoon that touched off a storm of criticism toward the paper depicts Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a star of David collar, leading President Trump, who is wearing black sunglasses and a black yamurkle.
The cartoon was provided to the paper by a wire service and ran in the editorial page of its international edition last Thursday. On Monday, a Times spokesperson told The Post that the paper has “suspended the future publication of syndicated cartoons.”
The Times did not immediately respond to the ambassador’s comments.
From The New York Post