NY Times Writer Quits Amid Backlash Over Anti-Israel Letter

Within days of the deadly attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists, a number of prominent groups and activists across the United States and the Western world dropped any pretense of supporting Israeli victims and began publicly siding with Palestine in the ongoing war.

This trend has resulted in massive protests like the one in D.C. over the weekend.

There have also been a large number of controversial public statements, including a letter signed by multiple student groups at Harvard University that sparked intense backlash for its claim that the “Israeli regime” was “entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” and that the “apartheid regime is the only one to blame.”

Similar statements have also resulted in harsh criticism of other anti-Israel activists. For example, writer Jazmine Hughes, who had been a writer for The New York Times for nearly a decade, resigned from the outlet amid opprobrium related to her endorsement of a letter accusing Israel of conducting a Palestinian “genocide.”

The open letter was released by a group calling itself Writers Against the War on Gaza and took aim not only at Israel but also the supposed “silencing of dissent and to racist and revisionist media cycles” that allegedly downplay the ostensible atrocities against Palestinian civilians.

Instead of relying on media reports, the group opted to accept the claims of terrorists at face value and parrotted Hamas by asserting: “This war did not begin on October 7th. However, in the last 19 days, the Israeli military has killed over 6,500 Palestinians, including more than 2,500 children, and wounded over 17,000.”

Hughes also signed the letter despite its direct rebuke of an editorial by the Times board that asserted Israel “is fighting to defend … a society that values human life and the rule of law.”

Jake Silverstein, an editor at the newspaper, addressed the writer’s “clear violation” of the outlet’s public protest policy in an email to employees announcing her departure last week.

“She and I discussed that her desire to stake out this kind of public position and join in public protests isn’t compatible with being a journalist at The Times, and we both came to the conclusion that she should resign,” he explained.