Friday, April 03, 2009

Antony Lerman: Is Oliphant's cartoon antisemitic, or just offensive?

Interesting, considering the flag and symbol of Israel is the same as the symbol of Judaism. Is it possible to separate the state from the religion given this?



"Pat Oliphant, the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world, has been fiercely attacked by major American Jewish groups for a cartoon published last week which they say is 'hideously antisemitic'.


The cartoon shows a headless Nazi-like, goose-stepping, jackbooted figure, with one arm raised and outstretched, holding a sword, and the other wheeling a head in the form of a Star of David – one side of which is a wide-open mouth, equipped with vicious teeth, about to devour a very small, fleeing refugee-like female figure holding a baby. The word 'Gaza' is emblazoned on her cloak."


Antony Lerman: Is Oliphant's cartoon antisemitic, or just offensive? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk:

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