Orthodox Jews hire huge billboards blasting the New York Times

An Orthodox Jewish group has launched a campaign against The blasting the newspaper for its investigative coverage into the city’s private yeshiva schools over the past few months. 

At least three billboards were put up in Manhattan by the Agudath Israel of America group that accuse the newspaper’s investigation of threatening their way of life and call the articles ‘misleading and one-sided portrayals’ of their community.

A billboard near Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan asks The New York Times to ‘stop attacking’ Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The billboard claims that The New York Times has featured 12 articles against Orthodox Jews in three months. Another section of the billboard reads, ‘2x Antisemitic Attacks Doubled.’

In recent months, The New York Times has published a series of investigative articles focused on the schools, known as yeshivas, and the community. The articles claim the school system deprives children of secular education, exploits public funding, contributes to poverty and mistreats students.

Times bosses have defended their reporting, with one school featured since fined $8 million for corruption.  

An Orthodox Jewish group has launched a campaign against the New York Times blasting the newspaper for its investigative coverage into the city's private yeshiva schools. Pictured is a billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan

An Orthodox Jewish group has launched a campaign against the New York Times blasting the newspaper for its investigative coverage into the city’s private yeshiva schools. Pictured is a billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan 

The Agudath Israel of America group claim the newspaper's investigation threatened their way of life and call the articles 'misleading and one-sided portrayals' of their community

The Agudath Israel of America group claim the newspaper’s investigation threatened their way of life and call the articles ‘misleading and one-sided portrayals’ of their community

The new campaign includes three billboards in Midtown Manhattan, an informational video, social media outreach, and a website called KnowUs.org. 

‘They disparage our way of life writ large — everything from the way we educate our children, handle marriage, divorce and https://www.citrakara-architect.com/ custody disputes and even the way we support our families while holding fast to our faith and traditions,’ the group stated. 

The campaign aims to highlight the growing violence against Jews in New York, stating that: ‘A major newspaper launching a campaign against a minority group is always wrong. In this climate, it is deeply concerning.’

The New York Times investigation found that local yeshivas deprive students of secular education, and that all 1,000 students failed the standardized tests in reading and math.

The stories published also reported that some students at the yeshivas had been subjected to physical abuse by unqualified teachers while the yeshivas have taken more than $1 billion in federal, state and local taxes over the past four years.

The stories published reported that some students at the yeshivas had been subjected to physical abuse by unqualified teachers while the yeshivas have taken more than $1 billion in federal, state and local taxes over the past four years

The stories published reported that some students at the yeshivas had been subjected to physical abuse by unqualified teachers while the yeshivas have taken more than $1 billion in federal, state and local taxes over the past four years

Agudath claimed that the yeshiva system actually saves public funds overall because parents pay tuition while still paying taxes, and has lower rates of abuse than public schools

Agudath claimed that the yeshiva system actually saves public funds overall because parents pay tuition while still paying taxes, and has lower rates of abuse than public schools

Rabbi Yitz Frank, Ohio director of Agudath Israel, called The Times reporting ‘unfair and in many cases biased.’ 

‘It creates a negative tone about our community among the public. That’s what we’re worried about,’ he said.

According to Agudath claimed that the yeshiva system actually saves public funds overall because parents pay tuition while still paying taxes, and has lower rates of abuse than public schools.

After the first Times story was published, the Central United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, agreed to pay fines and restitution that totaled more than $8 million for paying teachers off the books and requesting reimbursements for meals for students that it never actually provided, the

There are billboards in Midtown Manhattan near Times Square and near the NYT building

There are billboards in Midtown Manhattan near Times Square and near the NYT building

Another billboard was put up at 620 Eighth Avenue outside the New York Times building

Another billboard was put up at 620 Eighth Avenue outside the New York Times building

A closer look at the billboard outside the New York Times building that tells the New York Times 'words do break bones, please stop attacking our community'

A closer look at the billboard outside the New York Times building that tells the New York Times ‘words do break bones, please stop attacking our community’

The New York Times has published a series of investigative articles that are harshly critical of the schools. Pictured is executive editor of The New York Times Dean Baquet

The New York Times has published a series of investigative articles that are harshly critical of the schools. Pictured is executive editor of The New York Times Dean Baquet

A spokesman for the Times told the outlet that they were confident in the accuracy of its reporting.

‘Our reporters have spent months seeking to help readers understand what is happening inside some of New York’s lowest-performing schools, speaking to hundreds of parents, students, and educators to explain the inner workings of Hasidic Jewish religious schools, which receive substantial amounts of public money,’ the spokesman said in an email.

Rabbi David Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, claimed that Orthodox Jews have been under increasing antisemitic assaults and now they are under assault by the ‘paper of record.’ 

‘Orthodox Jews have been under increasing assault in the streets of New York,’ Zwiebel said. ‘Now we are under assault by the “paper of record.”

‘The time has come to speak up, lest our silence be construed as acquiescence to the normalization of anti-Orthodoxy. Hence the urgent need for KnowUs.’

Avrohom Weinstock, chief of staff at Agudath Israel added that they ‘don’t understand The New York Times’ obsession with us.’ 

‘We shouldn’t have to put up a billboard in 2023 to ask people to stop attacking us. Orthodox Jews, like every minority, should not be ‘othered.’

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