Haaretz Stands by Controversial 9/11 Plane Cartoon, Refuses to Apologize

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haaretz-cartoonThe left-leaning Haaretz newspaper has strongly backed a cartoonist who sparked a storm of controversy by depicting Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu as a 9/11 terrorist flying toward the World Trade Center, The Forward reports.

Editor-in-chief Aluf Benn said critics were “misreading” the comic by senior cartoonist Amos Biderman – and pointedly refused to apologize or retract the explosive work.

“Needless to say, Haaretz deeply honors and respects the memory of American and other victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington,” Benn wrote in the signed editorial. “We regret any misreading of Biderman׳s image as disrespectful to those who perished or to survivors of this horrible crime.”

The Forward reports that Benn repeated Biderman’s claim that the cartoon was exclusively concocted as a provocative way of criticizing Netanyahu, who he believes has severely damaged Israel’s friendship with the U.S.It didn’t explain why Biderman used imagery of the terror attack on New York, which has no apparent connection to the current diplomatic spat betweeen Washington and Jerusalem.Benn also said the paper had no intention of stoking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks, even though it depicts a prominent Jewish leader in the pilot’s seat of a hijacked plane.”Haaretz has never given any stage to these defamatory libels, which were in no way on the mind of the cartoonist or the newspaper’s editors,” Benn wrote.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}

9 COMMENTS

  1. That the editor of a major newspaper cannot grasp the damage he has allowed to take place is unbelievable. Something like this shows just how far off they can be on other issues.

  2. They used it as a cheap metaphor. Just as western art (painting, theater, etc.) often depict Jews. Right, Metropolitan Opera? Double reward if it upsets frummen, and not just tintillates their usual readership.

  3. Haaretz – even “better” than the NY Times in its stupidity and anti-Semitisem.

    They are so open minded there, that their brains have fallen out.

  4. .”Haaretz has never given any stage to these defamatory libels, which were in no way on the mind of the cartoonist or the newspaper’s editors,”

    If that were really tru he would apologize and retract.

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