Jewish Group ‘Appalled’ by Huffington Post Article, SWC Says it Paints Jews as Warmongers

December 20, 2013 3:04 am 18 comments

A screenshot of the headline and accompanying picture and article that was deemed offensive by Jewish groups.

Popular internet newspaper, The Huffington Post, is under fire yet again for a headline and accompanying image that offended major Jewish groups.

Both the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) criticized the article, headlined “Saboteur Sen. Launching War Push,” which featured a picture of New Jersey’s Senator Robert Menendez addressing pro-Israel lobby the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

In the article, the publication attacked Senate leaders who backed a bill which calls for new sanctions against Iran in response to the country’s nuclear program. The bill threatens “to push the United States toward war with Iran,” the paper claimed.

Confident that the choice was a deliberate “editorial decision,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center sharply criticized the presentation as reminiscent of anti-Jewish tropes.

“It goes back to the age old canard,” he told The Algemeiner, “that certain people have never seen a war that they can’t find a way to blame on the Jews.”

“Conscious or subconscious it just screams out ‘there they go again,’ meaning Jews, ‘they are bringing the country to war,’” he added.

The AJC said it was “dismayed” and “appalled” by the article, and spoke out in defense of Senator Menendez.

The Huffington Post has launched a shameful, unjust assault on Senator Menendez,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

“Why this incendiary attack on a respected and experienced legislator, who has every right to express his viewpoints, without being depicted in such toxic terms?” Harris continued. “Senator Menendez believes, as do many of his Senate colleagues and a majority of the American people, that the best way to reach a diplomatic solution with Iran is through a hard-nosed, clear-eyed approach to a dangerous and wily adversary. So do we.”

The Huffington Post has often been accused of anti-Israel bias and tolerating anti-Jewish sentiment. Two anonymous blogs, HPMonitor and Huff-Watch have extensively recorded the allegations.

The site “has become a home to a sub sect of commentators expressing anti-Israel hate speech and anti-Semitism,” says the mission statement of HPMonitor. Huff-Watch goes a step further, writing: “…for at least the past two years, Israel and Jews have been HuffPost’s secondary ‘targets.’

Earlier this year Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff told Israel’s channel 2 that the publication was planning to open an Israeli branch of the site.

18 Comments

  • well truth hurts. Israel lives on US financial, political and military support not other way around.
    But Israel think has the right to insult and disrespect US government and danger its national interest because it has large number of stooges in the pocket in congress or in media.

  • The Huffington Post has become Der Sturmer!!! How sad.

  • Robert Margolis

    The article about the Huffington Post’s anti- Israel bias is rght on. They are the primary source of news for AOL readers and I am disgusted with there totally biased representation and slant..AOL bought Huffington, I do not know if they realized what a leftist orientation they bring to the news..a little balance is a must, yet who do you complain too? It is impossible!! Keep on trying. They are the NY Times of the Internet when it comes to biased reporting under the guise of “news”

  • Irving D, Cohen

    I am so sick of the biased, unfair and lying Huffpost articles re Israel that In am unsubscribing from its website.

  • Israel was the prime mover in the rush to war with Iraq. It is doing the same with Iran, through stooges Menendez, Schumer, and Kirk. The document: A Clean Break, was prepared for Netanyahu by neocon group which laid it all out: wars with: Iran,Iraq,lebannon, Libya,Somalia, Syria. That’s right–you don’t do Ghandi well.

  • AIPAC is nothing but a CIA/CFR financed front group used by the CIA/CFR as a tool to scapegoat Israel for US global imperialism and thievery. Israel receives NOTHING of worth from its association with AIPAC, the ongoing carving of Israel being a case in point.

    Huffington Post like most if not all of the MSM is a CIA/CFR propaganda outlet.

    This is all CIA/CFR propaganda theater. It needs to be widely exposed, de-legitimized, and boycotted.

  • It must be tiring to be hyper vigilant to any slight that may be seen as anti-semetic. Why not loosen the reins a bit? There will always be ignorant people, always and forever. Going after each and every utterance that may seem anti-semetic seems like an endless game of whack a mole.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.de/nathan-warszawski-/garzweiler-ii-kein-recht-auf-heimat_b_4472599.html

    This article of mine was published in the German edition of the Huffington Post. Reading it one knows that at least the German edition of the Huffington is not antisemitic at all.

  • What else would you expect from the Huffington Post? It’s run by ideologues who espouse the far left line on virtually every topic. Evidence and reason be damned, what counts is prevailing politically correct ‘group think’ and that as anyone who bothers to reader the tendentious rag knows full well is typically anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and pro-islamic.

  • Huffington Post is a Left leaning web site and as such waves the anti Israel banner whenever it can frequently sliding over to the Left’s new and very trendy overt anti Semitic sentiment. They can deny all they wait but they never miss any opportunity to spread the venom

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.de/nathan-warszawski-/garzweiler-ii-kein-recht-auf-heimat_b_4472599.html

    Sir,

    reading my blog in the German edition of Huffington, you’ll see that there is no antisemitism there.

    Shabbath shalom
    Nathan

  • From a Constitutional Law textbook: “Only Congress can declare war, not the President and although the President is commander in chief and may act without Congressional approval in foreign policy matters AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL even if it is mere acquiescence.”

    In this case Congress has EVERY RIGHT to NOT AGREE to a bogus deal. The Ayatollah claims these negotiations can go on for 20 years while they continue to call for the destruction of Israel and deny the Holocaust. Now if Obama’s deal had: 1 a start date, 2. addressed the secret military nuclear program in Tehran, 3. required Iran to renounce all genocidal threats towards Israel or 4. stop funding terror wordlwide, it would be worth considering. So far all the talks have done is speed up Iran’s’ military programs and their race to a nuke.

    Obama is a big boy, he knows he didn’t get Congressional support and he knew that Congress could do this. Just like he promised millions of Americans “if you like it you can keep it” he made promises to Tehran he could not keep AND THEY KNOW IT TOO. Israel is fighting for one thing; a right to exist and Iran according to all indications is an enemy of the US. This is Iran Contra II, just watch as Congress takes approval away and Obama continues to do secret deals with Iran involving weapons and other countries. If anything it is Obama who is set on war.

  • The Huffington Post constantly prints false stories against Israel, it is obvious where they lean. Look at their new posting guidelines and requirements just to keep people from posting anything critical of the Huffington Post or it’s writers.

  • Why not sue Huffington Post? Arguing with those people is a lost of time and health. Their problems with jews are atavic.

  • These people need to be reminded that Iran picks on Israel instead of the US because the US is potentially more of a threat. They also need to be reminded that the original conflict was between the US and Iran and Iran is responsible for serious crimes against the American people.

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