Press Release

ADL Reacts to Offensive New York Times Cartoon

Anti-Semitic Cartoon in New York Times

Anti-Semitic Cartoon in New York Times

New York, New York, April 28, 2019 ... ADL (The Anti-Defamation League) today reacted to an offensive anti-Semitic cartoon published in the international edition of The New York Times. The offensive image, a satirical political cartoon, showed President Donald Trump wearing a Jewish yarmulke, walking a dog representing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a leash with a Jewish Star of David.

"The offensive image published in the New York Times international edition was anti-Semitic propaganda of the most vile sort," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. "This type of content normalizes anti-Semitism by reinforcing tropes of Jewish control, and does so at a time when anti-Semitism is surging. And to come on the same day a man attacked a synagogue because he believed such myths -- this was not simply a management misstep but a moral failing of major proportions. The New York Times owes the Jewish community more than an apology. We need accountability and action."

ADL has been in close contact with the leadership of the New York Times to discuss this issue and our recommendations. We've offered to help as they're resolving it.

ADL has recommended the Times take the following steps immediately:

  • Commit to reviewing policies and practices to prevent publication of such slander.
  • Provide staff training on anti-Semitism
  • Publish a detailed breakdown of anti-Semitic myths for readers' benefit.
  • Educate readers on the persistent poison of anti-Jewish hate.