Al Jazeera Tweets, Then Deletes, anti-Semitic Cartoon

Stereotypical image implied Jewish plot behind climate change denial

Screenshot of the cartoon that appeared in a tweet on Al Jazeera's site, showing an anti-Semitic portrayal of a Jew plotting world domination through global warming.
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Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera English posted, then deleted a Twitter post on Wednesday featuring an anti-Semitic cartoon alleging a Jewish plot to deny climate change.

The tweet, which was captured by many Twitter users before it was removed, showed a stereotypical caricature of a Jew saying: "He, he, he, My global warming, uh, I mean, climate change scam is working out perfectly for our long term Talmudic plan of world domination!"

The post went up on the broadcaster's main English-language Twitter account, apparently as part of a thread promoting content critical of climate change deniers.

A senior producer for Al Jazeera Upfront  told the Washington Free Beacon that "the offensive image associated with the tweet" came from a tweet that was sent to the outlet back in November 2016.

It is unclear how the image ended up on a tweet that was sent on Wednesday.

"We are currently investigating how such an error took place and why it was tweeted with our Climate Change video," wrote producer Dania Yousef in an email to the Washington Free Beacon.  

After the offensive image was removed it was replaced by a video of an Al Jazeera network host explaining that climate change deniers have been paid off to fight for the oil and gas industry. The text that had accompanied the original anti-Semitic image was unchanged and read: "Why you shouldn’t trust climate change deniers."

The crude caricature of a Jew shown in the image is one of the internet's most prominent anti-Semitic memes and shows a long-nosed dark-bearded man with a skullcap rubbing his hands in glee.

Al Jazeera has periodically been accused of anti-Semitism, including in an article that appeared in the American Journalism Review, which cited the Qatari broadcaster's claim that Jews had been informed in advance not to go to work on the day of the September 11 attacks.