The New York Times cut ties with a Palestinian freelancer based in the Gaza Strip. The move came after a media watchdog very publicly exposed his anti-Semitism and statements on social media, including calls for anti-Jewish violence and to ‘burn them like Hitler did’. .
On Thursday, media watchdog Honest Reporting published social media posts attributed to Fady Hanona, who as a freelancer had at least six articles published by the Time during the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, the Israel time reports.
The parts in the Time detailed the fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, and a ceasefire reached after three days. It was unclear whether Hanona had contributed writing or other duties, according to the Israel time cover.
Hanona’s since-deleted social media posts reportedly included support for terrorist groups and their members and support for the killing of Jews.
Now his working relationship with the newspaper has come to an end, almost three years to the day after a Breitbart News investigation revealed a New York Times political writer who had a years-long history of anti-Semitic and racist comments on his Twitter page.
REVEALED: New York Times political editor Tom Wright-Piersanti has a history of anti-Semitic and racist comments on his Twitter page for years. https://t.co/PFUh84w1tj
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 22, 2019
Previously, the paper’s international edition featured a cartoon with “anti-Semitic tropes” that depicted a blind President Donald Trump led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a dog with a Star of David collar around his neck.
As Breitbart News reported, on this occasion the cartoon appeared on April 25 and coincided with the end of Passover and Shabbat, two days when many observant Jews were offline.
The cartoon (see below) was quickly criticized by several social media users. No apologies were received.
Today, the paper once again proved to provide a sounding board for anti-Semitism, but in the latest instance it moved quickly to end the controversy.
“The New York Times had only worked with this freelance journalist for the past few weeks. We don’t do that anymore,” a spokesperson told the New York Post On Monday.
Hanona has now deleted her social media accounts and could not be reached by the Job.
In screenshots of alleged social media activity, Hanona encouraged anti-Jewish violence, saying he supported “the culture of fighting and killing Israelis.”
“I do not accept a Jew, Israeli or Zionist, or anyone else who speaks Hebrew. I am for killing them wherever they are: children, old people and soldiers,” Hanona wrote, according to the watchdog.
The freelancer also reportedly wrote, “Jews are sons of dogs…I am in favor of killing and burning them like Hitler did. I will be so happy.”
Hanona also appears to have worked with the BBC, Vice and the UK Guardian newspaper, according to New York Post report.
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