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Jewish Leaders Blast the Boston Globe for Cartoon They Say Uses Anti-Semitic Imagery

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This Friday, the Boston Globe ran an editorial cartoon by Ward Sutton, entitled “Murder on the Tax-Cut Express” and imagining the Republican-led tax bill as a runaway train, the conductor of which is a giddy Donald Trump. But while the cartoon depicts ordinary Americans as the train’s “freight,” riding in a dark and crowded cattle car, it reserves a panel for “priority passengers” that depicts, alone of all of the bill’s wealthy supporters, the Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson. The Las Vegas mogul is drawn with a hooked nose, enjoying a luxurious meal with his wife while a waiter serves a bag of cash emblazoned with “$14.6 billion.” In the strip, Miriam Adelson, grinning ghoulishly, tells her husband, “you’ve trained those Republicans well.”

In a letter to the editor published yesterday, Robert Trestan, the regional director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, and Jeremy Burton, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said they were “deeply disturbed and offended” by the cartoon.

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