Two Jewish activist groups have taken credit for a spoof edition of the New York Times that appeared yesterday and that created a sensation online as well as in print copies handed out on the streets of New York.
Sadly, the online version of the parody has been taken down, apparently due to pressure applied on the web host. However, a portion of it has been archived here.
The articles that appeared in the caricature were quite witty as were the fake ads, including the one shown here as well as another for “Shalom Cement” (“no walls say ‘Apartheid’ like Shalom Cement”). The charade seems to have brought smiles all around, with the lone exceptions of the New York Times and their Zionist cousins in Israel.
The Forward has a report that includes information about the website being taken down, and though the article doesn’t state so specifically, apparently the New York Times threatened the web host with legal action:
In an emailed statement, the Times said that it was able to shut down online versions of the fake paper because it was “deliberately designed to trade on our name and mislead users.”
“We are extremely protective of our brand and other intellectual property and object to these two groups – or any other groups – attempting to cloak their political views under the banner of The New York Times,” spokesperson Eileen Murphy said. “It is our firm belief that those advocating for political positions are best served by speaking openly, in their own voice.”
The two groups that have been outed (or which outed themselves) for carrying out the parody are a branch of Jewish Voice for Peace and a lesser known group called Jews Say No. You can access The Forward article here. A more elaborate report, including a rundown on the spoof’s contents as well as quotes from some of the activists involved, has been published by Salon.