- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer denounced The New York Times as a “cesspool of hostility” after the newspaper ran — and then apologized for — an anti-Semitic cartoon.

In a Monday speech, Mr. Dermer said that anti-Semitism has “reemerged as a global force” in the last two decades, infiltrating the political and intellectual classes and making universities “more and more toxic for Jewish students.”

“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,” Mr. Dermer said in his prepared remarks for the National Days of Remembrance.

The annual event organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was held at the U.S. Capitol.

“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 said. “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.”

The newspaper issued an apology for the cartoon Sunday and blamed its publication on “a single editor working without adequate oversight.”

“We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon last Thursday in the print edition of The New York Times that circulates outside of the United States, and we are committed to making sure nothing like this ever happens again,” said the statement.

The image by Portuguese political cartoonist Antonio Moreira Antunes depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog with a Star of David on its collar leading a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke.

In a Monday op-ed, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens called the decision to run the “despicable” cartoon “an astonishing act of ignorance of anti-Semitism,” but also said that “the charge that the institution is in any way anti-Semitic is a calumny.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump called the cartoon’s appearance Thursday in the NYT international edition a “low point in @nytimes history.”

“The New York Times has apologized for the terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon, but they haven’t apologized to me for this or all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis,” he tweeted.

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