Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Press Apologizes For Offensive Op-Ed On Website, Fires Writer
Brooklyn, NY - Hours after appearing on the Jewish Press website, an article about yesterday’s Atzeres Tefilla that was deemed to be both derogatory and inflammatory has been pulled and its author, a long time employee of the site, has been fired.
The article in question, written by Yori Yanover, was titled “50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.” A caption under the article read “They flooded downtown Manhattan with the anti-draft for Haredim message: everybody else is welcome to get themselves killed.”
The management of The Jewish Press had strong words regarding Yanover and the op-ed piece in question.
“We do not, in any way, condone the reprehensible and insolent views expressed, without our permission, by the author in Israel of that article,” Jewish Press general manager and managing editor Jerry Greenwald told VIN News. “We have thus taken the strongest possible course of corrective action open to us pursuant to this incident. Since its founding, The Jewish Press has striven to be a Torah newspaper, one that recognized the centrality of the Torah and Torah study to the Jewish people.”
Greenwald noted that Yanover’s writings often raised eyebrows.
“He has always been controversial but this showed that he has no understanding of what is right,” said Greenwald.
An official apology sent out by The Jewish Press website, called Yanover’s headline “incendiary and insulting” and informed readers that the article was posted without official authorization of The Jewish Press newspaper.
“The sentiments expressed in the article and headline do not represent those of The Jewish Press, its officers, editors, and staff. The article was deleted from the website as soon as it was brought to the attention of the publishers and editors of the newspaper.”
Unlike the newspaper that bears the same name, The Jewish Press website is published out of Israel and has its own staff of contributors.
“They are supposed to follow our hashkafa to some degree in order to use the Jewish Press name and we do watch it to some degree,” explained Greenwald. “This article was beyond the pale and we contacted them immediately to tell them it was not acceptable.”
According to Naomi Mauer, associate publisher of The Jewish Press, Yanover has been with the Jewish Press site since it was revamped approximately three years ago.
“He has different opinions, in general, but they haven’t been anything like this,” said Mrs. Mauer. “Sometimes the tone might have been different than I might have used but he had a following and for the most part, the comments were almost always positive.”
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