The New York Times on Wednesday was sharply condemned of overt anti-Israel bias in a letter sent to its executive editor by Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan, who demanded the NYT’s reporting to be rectified and its called coverage of Israel “libelous narratives.”
Citing a 2022 study conducted by Bar-Ilan University, the ambassador said that there were 361 articles focusing on Israel, most of which brand his country as a human rights violator and disparage it.
Despite the fact that Iran in the past year murdered innocent protestors in the street, oppressed women, and accelerated its nuclear program, the number of opinion columns condemning Israel in The Times, which has won 132 Pulitzer Prizes, was almost double the number of columns condemning the Ayatollah regime.
Erdan also accused the newspaper nicknamed “The Newspaper of record” – which serves the largest urban Jewish community in the world – of omitting details and distorting reality.
He argues that when it comes to Israel, The Times deliberately refuses to uphold the cornerstones of journalism ethics – truth, accuracy, and objectivity – pointing out that when it chooses to demonize Israel, the newspaper reports its actions with nearly non-existent context, actively contributing to warping the truth.
The ambassador also accuses The New York Times of whitewashing of Palestinian terror and propagation of half-truths, hence helping to not only twists the truth but also incentivize terrorism, actively contributing to the growing hatred of Israel and endangering Jews around the globe while antisemitism is rising at a terrifying rate.
Previously this month, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, accused The Times of pushing antisemitic tropes regarding Jewish power, money, and its communal nature and feeding stereotypes in its months of coverage of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York City.
The newspaper provoked outrage within the Jewish community after publishing last September a series of investigative – and rather damning – stories about NYC’s Orthodox Jewish community’s boys’ schools, known as yeshivas, singling out schools run by the Hasidic community.
According to the New York Police Department’s data, antisemitic hate crimes across New York City more than doubled to 45 in November 2022 from the same month in 2021, when the number of hate crimes motivated by antisemitism was 20.