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Iran column puts NYT in anti-Semitic ensemble
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 08:15:19 GMT
America's revered newspaper, the New York Times, faces allegations of anti-Semitism after breaking Western stereotypes about Iranian Jews.
In a string of recent articles, venerated NYT columnist Roger Cohen roundly dismissed Western contentions that the Iranian government mistreats and abuses the Jewish minority in the country.
Iran has the second largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel.
Cohen, who paid a visit to Iran last month to report on the issue, asserted that Jews enjoy comfortable living conditions in Iran and are treated with healthy respect.
He described rhetoric leveled at Iran as "inflammatory" and declared the country to be one of the most tolerant, democratic and sophisticated states in the Middle East.
"Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran - its sophistication and culture - than all the inflammatory rhetoric," Cohen had said.
"That may be because I'm a Jew and have seldom been treated with such consistent warmth as in Iran," said the British-born journalist, who has become persona non grata in most Jewish circles.
His articles unleashed a raging torrent of criticism from senior members of the American Jewish community -- many of whom accused the mainstream newspaper, and Cohen in particular, of exercising Nazi-style propaganda to encourage anti-Semitism.
Taken aback by the angry response, Cohen said he was surprised by the intensity of the reaction. "I expected a reaction but did not expect it to blow up into a whole furore," the Guardian quoted Cohen as saying on Sunday.
The frenzy over Cohen's column comes amid further controversy -- sparked when the Times recently published a political cartoon critical of the three-week Israeli war on the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The cartoon, which also appeared in other publications, namely the Washington Post, depicts a jack-booted uniformed figure wheeling a fanged Star of David that menaces a small female figure labeled "Gaza".
The publication drew instant condemnation from Jewish groups.
"It is cartoons like this that inspired millions of people to hate in the 1930s and help set the stage for the Nazi genocide," reads a statement by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an LA-based Jewish human rights group.
The director of another Jewish "human rights group", the Anti-Defamation League, has also denounced the cartoon -- which likens Israeli soldiers to Nazis -- as "hideous and anti-Semitic".
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