ANALYSIS: How the Media is Fueling Antisemitism

The media has convinced a generation that Israel is to blame for Mideast turmoil, thereby encouraging Jew-hatred

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Antisemitism
Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90

Israel came to a standstill on Thursday morning 10 AM in commemoration of the Holocaust during World War II.

The annual memorial of six million Jews who were brutally murdered by the Nazis came after a shocking anti-Semitic event involving the world’s largest newspaper The New York Times.

The paper came under fire after the publication of an outright anti-Semitic cartoon which was first published by a relative small magazine in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Der Stürmer-like cartoon depicted a blind US President Donald Trump with a yarmulke on his head who was led by a dachshund with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu who wore a collar with the Star of David.

The message was clear: The Israeli PM was controlling the White House and Trump’s policies just as the Nazis falsely claimed Jews were controlling Germany before and during the Holocaust.

The publication of the cartoon caused outrage in Israel and the Jewish communities in the Diaspora and that in turn prompted a flurry of  excuses by the editorial staff and A.G. Sulzberger the publisher of the NYT.

While the editorial staff tried to blame the publication of the cartoon on high work pressure and a short-staffed international edition Sulzberger said in a memo the NYT  “fell far short of our standards and values in this case.”

The NYT publisher announced “disciplinary steps” would be taken against the editor who published the cartoon and promised other measures which would “ensure prejudices of any kind do not make it into our report.”

One staffer at the NYT seemed to disagree with his boss, however, and claimed that no one at the paper thought there is an issue with “institutionalized anti-Semitism” here.

Critics disagree, however, and say the NYT has a deep-rooted cultural problem when it comes to Israel and anti-Semitism.

As my colleague David Lazarus pointed out in an article on this site“the Times’predisposition to unjustly criticizing Israel goes back 120 years.”

The paper also played a dubious role during the mass murder on six million Jews when the NYT buried news about the Holocaust.

This was once again confirmed by Times columnist and former Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Bret Stephens.

“The Times has a longstanding Jewish problem, dating back to World War II, when it mostly buried news about the Holocaust, and continuing into the present day in the form of intensely adversarial coverage of Israel,” Stephens wrote.

The Jewish columnist was more honest than the editors at the paper who added insult to injury when they on Tuesday falsely claimed that they had been and would remain “stalwart supporters of Israel” after allowing the publication of an article which claimed Jesus was “a Palestinian man.”

One only has to read a report by the monitor group Camera in the US about the NYT covering of the Palestinian Israeli conflict to understand that the depth of the problem.

The paper is distorting the news about Israel and the now hundred-year-old conflict, is downplaying inconvenient facts, and repeatedly departs from journalistic standards in its coverage about Israel, according to Camera.

PM Netanyahu addressed the wider problem with the media covering of Israel and the conflict with the Palestinian Arabs during a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Thursday.

Netanyahu said there is a “systematic and dishonest vilification” of Israel by segments of the media and singled out the Times when he said the hatred of Jews is manifest in many ways.

This hatred is also expressed by “the publication of caricatures and article dripping with hate, even in newspapers considered respectable,” the Israeli leader said.

The decades-long media campaign against Israel is influencing the masses in many countries and has created a climate which inspires radicals on the right and left side of the political spectrum who do not any longer differ between Jews and Israel.

By manipulating the news about Israel a large segment of the media has convinced the masses into believing that Israel is to blame for the ongoing conflict with the Palestinian Arabs and Muslim countries and is acting as an outlaw state.

They now claim that PM Netanyahu is controlling the White House and the man who they hate even more than the Israeli leader: President Donald Trump as the NYT  cartoon made clear.

As a result, the number of anti-Semitic incidents is on the rise in many mainly Western countries.

The Anti-Defamation League in the US just published its annual report on anti-Semitic incidents in the US and found that the number of physical attacks against Jews in 2018 more than doubled compared to 2017.

The same phenomenon is visible in France, The United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and even Finland, countries who continue to protect the only country in the world which threatens to carry out a new Holocaust, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A report published by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the European Jewish Congress (EJC) about anti-Semitic attacks worldwide showed a staggering 12 percent increase in these attacks compared to 2017.

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