How the Guardian aided the anti-semites
Publisher: Jonathan Cook Blog
Date Written: 08/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22621
Who do you help when you censor a cartoon depicting Israel's well-documented war crimes against Palestinians and do so on the grounds that the criticism of Israel is anti-semitic?
The answer is: you help anti-semites.
We might ponder what this reveals about the limits of the cartoonists' art when it comes to depicting Israel, a highly militarised state currently celebrating the 51st year of its belligerent occupation of the Palestinian territories. A state that is currently committing regular massacres of non-armed Palestinian demonstrators trying to liberate themselves from the prison of Gaza.
Showing Palestinians as sacrificial victims, according to the Guardian, is anti-semitic.
And, as another major British cartoonist, Gerald Scarfe, discovered a few years ago, presenting the daily reality of Palestinians bleeding under occupation is, according to the Sunday Times, a blood libel.
Meanwhile, the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung just recently sacked its cartoonist for anti-semitism after he depicted Netanyahu holding a missile as he celebrated the chance to exploit Israel's victory at the Eurovision song contest.