Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico, the situation on the island is still deadly serious.
Nearly half the island still doesn’t have any power. The death toll continues its upward ascension. Authorities in the unincorporated U.S. territory are still struggling to provide enough food and medical supplies.
Who is to blame for the slow-going recovery? The Jews, of course, according to a columnist for Nuevo Dia, or New Day, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper.
In an op-ed titled “What does ‘the Jew’ want with the colony?” (oh boy), Wilda Rodriguez posits that recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are being stymied not by lawmakers on the mainland, but by — ahem — shifty Wall Street operatives.
“In the end, Congress will do what ‘the Jew’ wants, as the vulgar prototype of true power is called,” Rodriguez writes. “For Israelis, recognizing Jewish power over Washington is not an offensive statement. It is the victory of the Diaspora.”
But why would Wall Street want to hold up Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts? Rodriguez argues the financial industry wants to make an example of the island, which is in an enormous amount of debt.
“That we could get away without paying would be fatal to Wall Street morale,” she writes. “The punishment needs to make it clear to the debtor world that Wall Street cannot be manipulated.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the article has been updated on the New Day’s website so that it now carries an apologetic editor’s note.
“The Opinion Directorate of El Nuevo Dia apologizes to the Jewish community of Puerto Rico and the rest of our audience that has been offended by the publication of the column,” the note reads.
It added, “We assume our responsibility and we want to be totally emphatic in that we do not promote content that can be interpreted as anti-Semitic, just as we do not promote content that sponsors hatred or discrimination based on gender, religion or racial ethnicity.”
More humorously, the story has been updated so that it also carries an apology from the author herself, which reads, “I deeply regret that my writing is interpreted as anti-Semitic.”
She added her intention was “not to provoke offense, but to contribute to public discussion.”
Yes, readers confused “the Jews control Congress” with real anti-Semitism. How foolish of them.