This vile cartoon appeared in (London’s) Sunday Times today—Holocaust Memorial Day:
As HonestReporting notes:
This cartoon published in The Sunday Times (subscription-only) would be offensive at the best of times. That it has appeared on Holocaust Memorial Day is doubly so.
Penned by Gerald Scarfe (the cartoonist behind Pink Floyd’s The Wall), the caption reads: “Israeli Elections… Will Cementing Peace Continue?”
A hideous looking PM Benjamin Netanyahu caricature builds a wall cemented with blood, crushing Palestinians including women and children.
Israel’s security barrier (of which the vast majority is a fence and not a wall) is meant to protect Israeli civilians against Palestinian terrorism. In any case, the imagery of this cartoon amounts to a blood libel on a day when the millions of victims of the Holocaust are remembered.
This cartoon could easily have appeared in the notorioiusly antisemitic Arab media. That it’s in London’s Times is unbelievable. Netanyahu is the stock big-nosed Semite, killing all those Palestinians. But the wall was built not to kill them, but to prevent them from killing noncombatant Israelis. Even if you object to the wall (and I have my reservations), the depiction is completely unwarranted.
This cartoon could also have appeared in Der Stürmer, if that Nazi rag were around. But this drawing, and its appearance on this particular day, supports a contention I’ve long made: it’s open season on Jews for the European press and intellectuals. Shame, shame on the Times!
And just to remind you where the Times gets its cues, here’s part of a video broadcast this month by the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian Media Watch explains:
On International Holocaust Day, Palestinian Media Watch documents that messages of Antisemitism and hatred of Jews continue to be transmitted by official Palestinian Authority TV.
Earlier this month, on Fatah’s 48th anniversary, PA TV broadcast a new film about the history of the Fatah movement: “Fatah: Revolution until Victory.” The filmmakers chose to open the film by expressing classic Antisemitic demonization of Jews, stating that Europe “suffered a tragedy by providing refuge for the Jews.” Having Jews living among them placed a great burden on Europeans: “Faced with the Jews’ schemes, Europe could not bear their character traits, monopolies, corruption, and their control and climbing up positions in government.
The film explains that this eventually led to the expulsion of the Jews from England, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Spain and Italy, because of European suffering from the Jews’ presence. Finally, when the Balfour Declaration facilitated the establishment of “a national homeland” for the Jews, Europe supported it because it “saw it as an ideal solution to get rid of them.”
Can you watch this and say that it is in any sense excusable? It is nothing but a justification for genocide.