Group Behind Distribution of Fake NYT Paper Identifies as Jewish Voice for Peace

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A fake version of the New York Times was distributed in Manhattan on February 2, 2016.
A fake version of the New York Times was distributed in Manhattan on February 2, 2016.Credit: Screenshot

JTA - Jewish Voice for Peace took credit on Wednesday for distributing thousands of fake versions of the New York Times in Manhattan and on social media.

The organization, which supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, said in a statement released Wednesday that it distributed 10,000 copies of the parody, which included such articles as “Congress to Debate U.S. Aid to Israel” and “In the Footsteps of Mandela and King: A Non-Violent Movement Gains Ground Ten Years On,” as well as an editorial, “Our New Editorial Policy: Rethinking Israel-Palestine.”

Members of Jewish Voice for Peace New York and Jews Say No!, a New York City-based pro-Palestinian organization, created the paper to "point out how biased current reporting is on Israel and Palestine and to show what a paper that was fair and accurate could look like," Just Say No! member Alan Levine, one of its writers, said in a statement.

The fake paper mimics the Times' trademark fonts and formatting, and describes itself as "Rethinking Our 2015 Coverage on Israel-Palestine — A Supplement." Among the items featured online was a link to "corrections" that stated: "It has come to our attention that the vast majority of articles about violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories have failed to include the names of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces." It also included articles and fake ads, such as one for "TimeUp" watches with the motto "The Moment is Now: End U.S. Military Aid to Israel."

The faux paper’s domain and Twitter account were suspended, but the online version can still be viewed here.

A New York Times spokesman reportedly said the newspaper objected to its brand being used to push a specific political stance.