After contact from CAMERA, The Hill deleted an offensive image that implied a connection between Jews and the coronavirus.
The Hill’s April 6, 2020 tweet, “New CDC data suggests children get less sick, but still vulnerable to coronavirus,” was initially accompanied by a picture of several visibly Jewish individuals, including children. The report itself, however, had nothing to do with coronavirus and the Jewish community.
But as CAMERA pointed out to Hill staff, depictions of Jews spreading diseases are a staple of antisemitic propaganda and have appeared throughout history, often resulting in anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Indeed, as a Feb. 7, 2020 Times of Israel report noted: “The spread of and fear generated by the coronavirus has led extremists to promote conspiracy theories and share their anti-Semitic views, the Anti-Defamation League said.”
Following contact from CAMERA, The Hill quickly and commendably chose a different picture to accompany their report and deleted the offensive tweet.