António Moreira Antunes, who is Portuguese and uses the mononym António, depicted a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke being led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Trump's service dog.
He told CNN the cartoon was not intended to be anti-Semitic but was a political statement. Stating that Jews are not above criticism, Antunes said outrage was "made through the Jewish propaganda machine, which is, anytime there's criticism it's because there's someone anti-Semitic on the other side, and that's not the case."
Right-wingers were to blame for the backlash, he said. "The Jewish right doesn't want to be criticized, and therefore, when criticized they say 'We are a persecuted people, we suffered a lot ... this is anti-Semitism.'"
The Times said the cartoon was published as a result of an "error of judgment" and admitted it was offensive.
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Dear New York Times and Thomas Feyer:
The deeply anti- semitic rooted, awful cartoons that you published in your international addition, not once but twice, are despicable. As a news
organization, you know full well that anti semitism and hate are on the rise in 2019. Your disgusting cartoons were not only not funny, but they add to the anti-semitic narrative. This has to stop.
Your apology was also weak. You apologized one time, but after a lot of pressure, had to apologize again.....and still, you published a second anti-semitic cartoon. How could you do that? On what planet was it okay for anyone, let alone a news organization, to publish this trash? In light of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the most recent shooting at the Chabad of Poway, whatever possessed you to this this would be funny or the right thing to do.
I would never subscribe to your publication after this yellow journalism. I will urge anyone I know to cancel their description.
A very upset American,
3.#cancelNYTIMES #TNM One Rabbi in California now tells his worshippers where the exits are in case they have to run. And you publish two anti-semitic cartoons? You are adding to this narrative. It must stop. .
4.@deanbaquet #cancelNYTIMES #TNM One Rabbi in California now tells his worshippers where the exits are in case they have to run and you publish two anti-semitic cartoons? You are adding to this narrative. It must stop. .
5.@deanbaquet #cancelNYTIMES #TNM With the rise of hate and anti-semitism, what possessed you to publish, not one, but two anti-semitic cartoons? There is no room in any publication for anti-semtism or anti-Christianity for that matter.