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Boston - Newspaper Cartoon Of Sheldon Adelson Uses Anti-Semitic Images, Jewish Leaders Say

Published on: December 4, 2017 09:00 PM
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Boston - Two Jewish leaders denounced a Boston Globe editorial cartoon that they said uses a caricature of Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson with anti-Semitic tropes.

The cartoon that appeared Friday was titled “Murder on the tax-cut express” and shows Adelson aboard a train conducted by President Donald Trump labeled as riding in the section for “priority passengers.” Adelson is shown in a dining car reading a newspaper headlined “Estate Tax Repealed,” and a waiter is serving him a large sack labeled “$14.6 billion.”

In a letter to the editor published Monday in the newspaper, Robert Trestan, regional director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, and Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said they were “deeply disturbed and offended” by the Ward Sutton cartoon.

“The portrayal — singling out, among all the donors and interests who stand to benefit, a prominent Jewish individual, Sheldon Adelson; depicting him with an exaggerated hooked nose; linking him with money; and positioning him as hidden inside the train while others conduct — evokes classic anti-Semitic imagery and reinforces existing stereotypes,” they wrote.


“At a time when hatred and bigotry of all forms are seeping into the mainstream, it is critical that the Globe and other responsible media outlets refrain from giving additional aid to those who no doubt will see this cartoon’s publication as further verification of long-established anti-Semitic views.”

The U.S. Senate early Saturday morning passed a sweeping tax bill along party lines that critics charge would benefit the wealthy and raise taxes on the middle class.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 07:54 AM Hoshomer Says:

These liberal rags are disgusting. Imagine a conservative newspaper depicting Obama in an unflattering racial image, imagine the outcry from the liberal media.


 Dec 05, 2017 at 08:18 AM Anonymous Says:

During the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, there were many newspapers in the USA, which essentially printed similar anti-semitic cartoons, which showed Menachem Begin with a hooked nose. At that time, there were few, if any protests by the so-called Jewish defense organizations. Incidentally, the ADL was the same organization, which earlier this year (2017), blamed Trump for the preponderance of hate calls to JCC's in the USA. When the culprit was apprehended and identified as an Israeli-American teenager, in Israel, the ADL never offered a retraction. Therefore, their protest now is meaningless.


 Dec 05, 2017 at 08:57 AM AmYisroel Says:

Typical of anti Semitic liberal democrats


 Dec 05, 2017 at 10:14 AM Anonymous Says:

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AmYisroel Says:

Typical of anti Semitic liberal democrats

Like to know the name of democrat


 Dec 05, 2017 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Hoshomer Says:

These liberal rags are disgusting. Imagine a conservative newspaper depicting Obama in an unflattering racial image, imagine the outcry from the liberal media.

Jews are not a race.


 Dec 05, 2017 at 06:18 PM elyeh Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Jews are not a race.

The United States government census papers, immigration documents, court documents and naturalization documents from the 19th century up to and after WWII listed "Hebrew" as race. And Christian documents throughout Europe from the 9th century onward have listed Hebrew or Jew as a racial category.


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