THE New York Times was last night AGAIN accused of antisemitism over an offensive cartoon – just days after the paper sparked global outrage for a similar drawing.
Readers reacted with fury after a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding a tablet with a Star of David was published on Saturday.
In the cartoon, Netanyahu mimics Moses with the Ten Commandments – while also holding a selfie stick to take a photograph of himself.
It was published in the weekend edition of the International New York Times – just a day before the paper was forced to issue a grovelling apology for another image of the Israeli PM.
The Times admitted spreading “anti-Semitic tropes” when it printed a cartoon depicting Netanyahu as a dog last Thursday.
In the image, Netanyahu is being held on a leash by a blind President Trump wearing a Jewish skull-cap – and a star-of-David appears on his collar.
After huge public outcry, the paper said on Sunday that it was “deeply sorry” and promised “significant changes” after what it called an “unacceptable” error of judgement.
But the latest offensive image threatens to plunge the paper into a deeper crisis after being met with outrage from leading Jewish figures and anti-hate groups last night.
Dan Senor, a former Pentagon aide and advisor to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, said on Twitter: “Wait…the @nytimes featured ANOTHER Netanyahu cartoon?
“This one AFTER the Thursday cartoon depicting Netanyahu as a dog? Am I reading this right?
“Is the Times obsessed with Israel’s prime minister?”
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And Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League wrote: “This is insensitive, inappropriate, and offensive.
“It shows once again that the @NYTimes needs to educate its staff about #antiSemitism.
“We call on them to take immediate action.”
Last night, protesters stood outside the New York Times offices calling for tougher action over perceived antisemitism at the paper.
In a statement, The New York Times said that the paper does not believe the second cartoon is antisemitic.
But it confirmed that the paper is suspending future publication of syndicated cartoons.
A spokesperson told The Sun online: “The cartoon that ran in the international print edition of The Times last Thursday was clearly anti-Semitic and indefensible and we apologise for its publication.
“While we don’t think this cartoon falls into that category, for now, we’ve decided to suspend the future publication of syndicated cartoons.”
The intense controversy continues just days after a gun rampage at a California synagogue on Saturday.
John Earnest, 19, is accused of killing a woman and injuring three including an eight-year-old girl in an assault rifle attack.
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A sick “manifesto” apparently authored by Earnest was full of violent anti-Jewish bile.
The shooter targetted the Chabad of Poway near San Diego, California, on the final day of the Passover.
Saturday’s attack came exactly six months since a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people – the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.
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