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Fake NY Times ‘Supplement’ Trashes Israel
02/03/16
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A Fake New York Times Supplement, Tuesday February 2, 2016.
A Fake New York Times Supplement, Tuesday February 2, 2016.

No, Hillary Clinton has not quit her race for president to advocate for Palestinian rights. Sen. Chuck Schumer is not calling for the end of U.S. aid to Israel. And The New York Times is not searching for a new publisher to end its biased, pro-Israel reporting.

A sophisticated, fake four-page supplement to The New York Times featuring those “stories” and others promoting the Palestinian cause and denigrating Israel was distributed in Manhattan on Tuesday, and The New York Times is not laughing.

The supplement includes phony anti-Israel ads, made no mention of a sponsoring group. And while one of several young women distributing the propaganda near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Tuesday morning told this reporter, when asked, that “this is a supplement of The New York Times,” the paper of record had nothing to do with it.

“We’re protective of our brand and other intellectual property and object to this group (or any group’s) attempt to cloak their political views under the banner of The New York Times,” according to a statement from Eileen Murphy, senior vice president of communications at the paper. “We believe strongly that those advocating for political positions are best served by speaking openly, in their own voice.”

On Wednesday, Jewish Voice for Peace took credit for the supplement. 

The handout featured a box above The Times logo that read, “Rethinking Our 2015 Coverage On Israel-Palestine — A Supplement.” In the upper left-hand corner was a spoof of The Times motto, reading “All The News We Didn’t Print.”

The online version of the phony paper has been taken down but can be seen here.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the mock issue “deceptive” and welcomed the Times’ statement objecting to the effort to fool the public.

“The diatribe, published anonymously, conveys false facts and themes consistent with anti-Israel advocates and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” he said.

Clearly, it was a costly and carefully orchestrated project, which is almost identical in appearance to the real thing. Copies were delivered to some Manhattan residential buildings where they were included, unintentionally, with the day’s copy of the “real” Times at the front door of tenants’ apartments. 

Shahar Azani, executive director of StandWithUs Northeast, commenting on the “supplement,” noted that “the U.S.-Israel alliance is strong and founded on shared values and strategic interests. Any attempt to subvert it is doomed to fail.” He added that “spreading lies and demonizing Israel will not bring peace to both parties,” which will only come through “direct dialogue and education. It is a shame there are those who chose to waste paper and contaminate the environment with unwarranted garbage.”

If nothing else, a read through the “supplement,” with its “Editorial” calling for an end to the distortions in The Times’ coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict, may convince some pro-Israel readers that not everyone sees the paper’s Mideast coverage as slanted against the Jewish state.

Note: This story was updated on Feb. 3 to include that Jewish Voice for Peace has taken credit for the supplement.

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02/17/2016 - 09:00
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"share value and interests?" America opposes occupations....Israel, last of the white Euro occupiers....

'America opposes occupations...' You hypocrite. No one is stopping you from returning your land to the Indians - from whom you stole it. By the way, Jews were a recognized nation 2000 years before America was discovered, a.k.a. stolen from the Indians.

I continue to be astonished by the many posters to this site who promote ignorance and lies about Israel. 1) It is legally and logically impossible to 'occupy' land that NEVER belonged to "Palestinians' and which NEVER was a 'Palestinian' country. Have you not heard of the Balfour Declaration? All of Palestine is legally and rightfully the homeland for the Jews!
Anti-semitism definition: 1) obsessive attention paid to Jewish people far above and beyond their numbers in the population, 2) great exaggeration of power and influence attributed to Jewish people, 3) great exaggeration of wealth and control of a nations institutions.

It seems consistent with the Times' regular reporting of Israel. I am surprised they are offended. Probably the stuff about Hillary bothered them.

Rabbi Marvin Heir of the Weisenthal Institute published a list of the top ten anti-semites in 2013. Two of those on the list were Jewish - Richard Falk, Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories and Max Blumenthal. Hier said Falk and Blumenthal absolutely fall into the category of Jewish anti-semites.

This fake supplement is total anti-semitic garbage and has no relationship to humor.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Max Blumenthal, and I can assure you there is nothing anti-Semitic about him. Speaking out against the policies and actions of Israel does not make one anti-Semitic by any stretch of the imagination. The supplement was meant to show the bias reporting of the New York Times, and while it was a parody and at times humorous, it was indeed truthful as well as very well done.

How do false and deceitful stories under a NYT masthead show biased NYT reporting?

I believe the name of the organization is wrong. It should be Jewish Voice for Self-Annihilation.

I think that this was an awful thing to have occurred and that they were so easily able to do it disturbing. Thank Yahweh that the NY Times spoke out about the lies contained in the supplement.

This is a Purim Schpiel if ever there was one. Any reader who would take it seriously already has mental problems.

yes -finally the truth of the crimes being committed...

I admire the New York Times' honesty in response to the satire. "We are very protective of our brand," the spokesman says -- rather than protective of honest reporting or of applying the same standards to the US and Israel as we apply to our official enemies.

Mazal Tov to the folks who created the spoof!

I can never comprehend why "Jews" would try to harm the only Jewish country in the world since the the days of our Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Considering how anti-Israel the NY Slimes has become, are you sure that this is a fake? :-)

Wondering who put that out.
I'm not in agreement, but all of that seems smart & funny. Wouldn't surprise me if some Jewish people were behind that.

Jews Say No and Jewish Voice for Peace have claimed credit for the prank.
I'm not always right, but this time I nailed it.
And I have no connection to them.

Jonathan M,
I never met a real life, world war two German Nazi, but I imagine they were a humorless crew. The only life form worse than a dour Nazi that I can think of is a Nazi who finds humor in his hate. Please spare us your opinion of what is smart & funny.

My guess as to who was behind the prank was the point of my comment.
You disliked my comment to the point where you invoked the Nazis. Satire today, genocide tomorrow.
For the record, it turns out my guess was correct.

Dude, just because you call it 'satire' doesn't make it so. The fake supplement was professional grade propaganda intended to smear and delegitimize the Jewish state. As is posted above, there are plenty of hardcore Jewish anti-semites.

The publishers of this fake NYT supplement are at war with Israel. This is not legitimate disagreement with the Jewish state. This is not a negotiating position. The people behind this propaganda want only one thing - to see Jewish blood flowing in the streets.

“We believe strongly that those advocating for political positions are best served by speaking openly, in their own voice.” - Eileen Murphy, NYT.

UNLESS, of course, that voice is Palestinian. Then it must be muzzeled!! NYT is a zionist tool.

The complaint that Palestinians are not afforded a fair share of news coverage is based in their not being able to obliterate all mention of Jews which is the only fair division of coverage in the Islamic mind. Only when humanity ceases all awareness of Jews will the Islamic nations blossom forth into modern day liberalism, ie Islamic theocracy of the 8th century.

The Koran was finally written down about a decade after Mohammad died. None of his cohort were literate so nothing he said was recorded except as hearsay. In any even as soon as the first Muslim cleric learned how to read the Koran began to be misinterpreted by the reader. (Yes, I am sure there will be denial of this but it happened in Judaism and Christianity also. It still happens because every holy book is read like an old Chinese menu - one from column A, 2 from column B and 3 from column C.)

Of course, it had to be a fake. Congress would never dare debate the question of aid to Israel.

The most frightening thing about this "supplement" is that most of us would not have been surprised if those articles appeared in the real New York Times. Indeed, they bear some similarities to ones that already have.

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