A tweet on Wednesday by the New York City government encouraging participation in
the 2020 US Census prompted a fierce backlash over the fact it included an emoji of a Palestinian flag while omitting an Israeli one.
“No matter where you’re from, if you live here, you’re a New Yorker. We all count in
the census,” the tweet said, featuring 15 flags.
Many Twitter users were quick to respond with emojis and images of Israeli flags.
“NYC is one of the most Jewish cities in the world,” one commenter wrote. “But City Hall doesn’t include an Israeli flag in this tweet. We all know exactly what’s going on here.”
Jewish and pro-Israel sentiments and sensitivities are especially high after several remarks and actions by New York Mayor de Blasio during the last few weeks and months regarded by many as anti-Semitic.