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Mon 26 Feb 2024 12:40 pm - Jerusalem Time

The New York Times is investigating its Israeli correspondent who made allegations of sexual assaults in Gaza

A Hebrew media website said that the management of the American newspaper “The New York Times” is investigating an Israeli correspondent who liked a post calling for turning Gaza into a “slaughterhouse” and “executing Palestinian security prisoners,” in light of a devastating and ongoing Israeli war on the Strip, since October 7. 


The Israeli news website Ynet said on Monday, “The New York Times is investigating an Israeli journalist who wrote reports for the newspaper. After I liked a series of pro-Israel posts on social media, one of which calls for turning Gaza into a “slaughterhouse” if (Israeli) hostages held by Hamas are harmed.”


The website added, “Journalist Anat Schwartz (45 years old) expressed her admiration for a post written by Walla (Israeli) website journalist David Mizrahi Wertheim on October 7, which, according to the newspaper, constitutes a violation of its policy.”


“If all the hostages are not returned immediately, turn the Strip into a slaughterhouse,” Wertheim’s post said. If a hair falls from their heads, execute the (Palestinian) security prisoners. Break any rule on the way to victory.”


Activists on social media had previously criticized a series of reports in the New York Times, which Schwartz contributed to writing, which included allegations of sexual assaults during the attacks launched by “Hamas” on settlements adjacent to Gaza, on October 7, “in response to” the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people and their sanctities, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque,” according to the movement.


Activists at the Time questioned Schwartz’s professionalism, especially after they noticed that she liked posts on the “X” platform that were supportive of Israel and called for the killing of Palestinians.


The Ynet website quoted the New York Times as saying: “We are aware that a journalist in Israel who worked with us has liked many social media posts. This represents an unacceptable violation, and we are currently reviewing the matter.”


It noted that “The New York Times’s policy regarding the behavior of its employees on social media warns that a post, or a like, must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, support candidates, make offensive comments, or do anything else.” “It undermines the newspaper’s reputation.”


According to Ynet, “after Schwartz’s online history became public, she temporarily suspended her accounts and then deleted much of the content in question.”


The Hebrew website added that “pro-Palestinian journalists and activists contacted the New York Times and demanded that Schwartz be suspended from work.”


The New York Times did not issue an immediate comment on what was reported by the Hebrew website.


Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands of victims, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data, which led to Israel appearing before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing “genocide.”




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The New York Times is investigating its Israeli correspondent who made allegations of sexual assaults in Gaza