A Brooklyn-based Jewish newspaper apologized for a column that was sharply critical of the haredi Orthodox community and fired its author.
The Jewish Press dismissed Yori Yanover, its Israel-based online editor, after he published an article Monday with the headline“50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.”
Yanover was writing about a mass prayer rally of haredi Jews in Manhattan on Sunday against a proposed Israeli law to draft yeshiva students.
“They flooded downtown Manhattan with the anti-draft for Haredim message: everybody else is welcome to get themselves killed,” Yanover wrote. “What was even more astonishing was their honesty regarding the bankruptcy of their entire school of faith and study.”
The Jewish Press removed the article from its website. The paper’s publishers, Jerry Greenwald and Naomi Mauer, issued a statement saying the paper “apologizes to its readers for the unfortunate Op-Ed article, along with its incendiary and insulting headline.”
According to the statement, the article “was posted without authorization and approval of The Jewish Press newspaper” and “the sentiments expressed in the article and headline do not represent these of The Jewish Press, its officers, editors and staff.”
In a letter to The Jewish Press posted Tuesday on his Facebook page, Yanover said he had authorization to publish the article.
“I wrote the article after discussion with my supervisor and then submitted the article for review, as per the protocol you established,” he wrote.
Yanover’s column criticized opponents of the draft law for arguing that army service would erode the religious identify of haredi Jews.