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Buffalo Jewish Community Angered Over Published Antisemitic Cartoon

Leadership in Buffalo’s Jewish community says it’s upset over Tuesday’s Buffalo News cartoon by Adam Zyglis. They say the cartoon is antisemitic rather than a critique of Israel.

Rabbi Mendy Labkowski of Chabad Center For Jewish Life tells WBEN the cartoon, featuring a bathroom sink with Stars of David faucets and bloody skeletons emerging from the spout, has elicited profound distress within the Buffalo Jewish Community. “The use of the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism, transforms this depiction into an antisemitic attack rather than a critique of the Jewish State of Israel,” says Labkowski.

Labkowski says this is not isolated, stating Zyglis has a history of publishing antisemitic and anti-Israel cartoons. “The Jewish Community perceives today‚Äôs cartoon as a continuation of that trend but also reminiscent of historical propaganda from the 1930s,” adds Labkowski.

Labkowski, on behalf of the Jewish Community, is advocating for the following actions:

Formal Apology: We demand The Buffalo News issue a formal apology, prominently featured in the newspaper, acknowledging the hurt caused by the cartoon.

Editorial Assessment: Conduct a comprehensive review of editorial and creative processes to prevent the publication of antisemitic cartoons like this one.

WBEN is awaiting a response from the Buffalo News.

Source: https://www.audacy.com/wben/news/local/jewish-community-angry-over-zyglis-cartoon