Board of Rabbis Meets With New York Times Over Antisemitic Cartoon

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A group of American rabbis met with the publisher and editorial page editor of the New York Times regarding the papers publication of an antisemitic cartoon and the paper's attitude toward Israel.

The cartoon, featured in the Times' international edition, showed President Donald Trump as a kippa-wearing blind man being led by a seeing-eye dog with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dog wears a collar with a Star of David.

The image was widely condemned as antisemitic by Jewish groups, and the Times admitted as much and apologized.

According to the Times of Israel, the New York Board of Rabbis organized the meeting with Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger and editorial page editor James Bennet.

The Board's executive vice-president, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, said the two men "owned the problem" of the cartoon.

The meeting, he said, "gave everyone an opportunity to express their feelings. Everyone was very forthright, very frank about what they felt. … I felt it was a healthy, honest exchange, and that’s what’s necessary.”

Also discussed at the meeting was the paper's hostile attitude toward Israel.

“What’s the culture at The Times vis-a-vis Israel? All those issues came up. The cartoon was the beginning of the conversation, but not the majority of it," said Potasnik.

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