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Thursday, January 17, 2013

NY Times' Nick Kristof retweets message comparing pro-Israel group to apes and pigs

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof retweeted  an anti-Semitic tweet by self-hating Jew MJ Rosenberg on Tuesday afternoon. The tweet, taken from Kristof's Twitter page (yes, it's still up), is pictured above. Adam Kredo reports:
Longtime Israel critic M.J. Rosenberg, who was dumped by the liberal Media Matters for America for his use of borderline anti-Semitic language, authored the controversial tweet Wednesday afternoon. It called to mind recently unearthed statements by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that referred to Jews as “pigs.”
“OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month. Next: Chamber of Commerce,” Rosenberg wrote.
The missive was then retweeted by Kristof and a slew of others.
Rosenberg regularly engages in anti-Israel activism on Twitter and has repeatedly used the term “Israel firster,” a phrase with origins in the white supremacist movement that many consider anti-Semitic.
One official with a Jewish organization told the Free Beacon that Kristof’s repetition of such rhetoric is surprising given that it occurred on the same day that the New York Times ran an editorial in its print edition against Morsi’s anti-Semitic remarks.
“It is quite extraordinary that on the same day the Times decries Morsi’s description of Jews as pigs, one of their premier columnists invokes the same language about a Jewish organization,” the activist told the Free Beacon.
I don't think that's extraordinary at all. Kristof has a history of anti-Israel pronouncements. The line between criticizing the government of Israel is a very thin one, as Martin Luther King pointed out.
"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate anti-Semitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled -- as others have been -- into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to those heartfelt principles that you and I share. Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- make no mistake about it."
It almost goes without saying that Kristof and the Times have declined comment.

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