Controversy is surrounding an Adam Zyglis cartoon.
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – Leadership in Buffalo’s Jewish community says it’s upset over Tuesday’s Buffalo News cartoon by Adam Zyglis. They say the cartoon is anti-Semitic 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 anti-semitic attack rather than a critique of the Jewish State of Israel,” says Labkowski.
While neither Adam Zyglis nor The Buffalo News are speaking on the record about the cartoon for the moment WGRZ did get hold of a response from The News to a local letter writer:
… We understand the sensitive nature of this issue and are committed to publishing a variety of thoughtful viewpoints on this topic. Political cartoons make their point by exaggerating the issues involved … Tuesday’s cartoon is largely a criticism of President Biden … In the cartoon, President Biden is depicted as uncertain or inattentive as the death toll rises in Gaza. We understand many people will disagree with that point of view … [Adam] has commented on the loss of innocent lives in Gaza and also confronted antisemitism. In addition, our own editorials have dealt with the serious issue of rising antisemitism and our syndicated columns have largely defended Israel … We will keep your thoughts in mind as we continue to comment on this conflict.
Response to editorial cartoon is overwhelming. We want to hear more.
We recognize a responsibility to hear what our readers have to say about Adam Zyglis’ Yuesday cartoon, as well as the attack on Israel and that country’s response and will devote Sunday’s letters page to the responses. They can be emailed at email@example.com.