Guardian Publishes Antisemitic Cartoon


The Guardian has just published another Steve Bell classic that completely distorts the truth of what happened yesterday:

The antisemitic motifs in the cartoon are clear.

Notice the skull in the middle of the Star of David in the blue flag designed to associate Judaism’s most well known symbol with death. In that regard, its worth noting that if this was intended as a “pirate flag”, there would be bones crisscrossed underneath the skull perhaps also with a patch covering the eye of the skull. The omission was intentional. It communicates a message of death while at the same time providing the author of the cartoon with the excuse of plausible deniability.

Then there is the barbed wire to depict the Star of David and the two stripes in the Israeli flag, an obvious allusion to Auschwitz.

That this is an antisemitic cartoon is clear: the EUMC working definition of antisemitism provides that “[d]rawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” as an example of antisemitism.

Given the number of comments yesterday in the Guardian’s live thread that accused Israel of acting like Nazis, it was only a matter of time before we would see the Nazi analogy appear above the line.

And given Steve Bell’s potential penchant for Stormfront, he is the natural choice.

46 comments on “Guardian Publishes Antisemitic Cartoon

  1. One wonders what kind of mind finds this sort of thing funny. I can give it other adjectives, like bigoted, illiterate or ignorant. The most fitting one is at the head of the page: antisemitic.

  2. Margie, a dark and festering one.

    Trust me …..

    And the Guardian attracts these like bluebottles to fly paper.

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  4. Is this the same guy who drew images of Israel’s wall on the West Bank that were identical to those posted on some neo-Nazi sites? The source of his inspirations is obvious.

  5. Steve Hill’s cartoons are as good an operational definition of antisemitism in modern day journalism as you might find anywhere.

    They should be preserved and use to educate would-be cartoonists how NOT to behave if they want a future away from the gutter press that al-Graun has become.

  6. No apologies for cross-posting:

    From “Jack Bauer” to Biased BBC at http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-all-about-proportionately.html#comments

    “Jack Bauer
    Whalid Shoebat (a repentent former Palestinian entity terrorist) has some interesting commentary and an appeal:

    “Dear Friends

    “For all those that wish to help Israel in the PR war we need you to help now. The Muslims are trying to use the Gaza Flotilla incident to exploit in the propagnada war against Israel.

    “The Gaza Flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel and the intention was to “kill Jews” in a martydom operation. We have provided a link that was translated by palwatch.org from Al Jazeera TV just before the operation took place as well as another link of video which shows the beating of soldiers which forced Israel to take forceful action.

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2323

    http://www.youtube.com/user/idfnadesk

  7. Did I write Steve Hill????

    Freudian slip, although probably not all that far from the mark.

    Of course I meant Steve Bell.

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  9. I have no argument with the opinion that this is an antisemitic cartoon, but I view it slightly differently. I actually saw the sides of the Magen David as being formed of bones, thereby creating a “Jewish pirate” flag, rather than a “death flag”. Which still makes it antisemitic of course, just a different aspect.

    I agree with you about the barbed wire stripes though. The whole thing is disgusting. Then again I have less than zero expectations from Steve Bell or the Guardian.

  10. ““The Gaza Flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel and the intention was to “kill Jews” in a martydom operation”

    is the person who penned this in a padded cell?

  11. If we weren’t suspicious before, we now know we should have been. The Guardian is a RACIST paper. Nothing less. And I am not Jewish. I have no ‘racist’ axe to grind. The Guardian makes me thoroughly ashamed.

    There may well have been an over-reaction by the Israeli troops, but watching the video one can hardly be surpised, when they were so clearly attacked. None of the people on the other 5 ships attacked them.

    Can anyone tell me how exactly the Israeli soldiers boarded the other 5 ships, btw? From the air or sea?

    More footage would be useful.

    I’m using your material at my blog.

    Thank you.

    http://keeptonyblairforpm.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/youtube-video-israeli-soldier-describes-the-violent-mob-aboard-mavi-marmara/

  12. Bob Latchford

    ““The Gaza Flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel and the intention was to “kill Jews” in a martydom operation”

    is the person who penned this in a padded cell?

    You can visit your friends at their badly padded cell in their asylum here and here

  13. Would Steve Bell ever do a cartoon using the crescent and star of Islam in a negative light? or is he only ‘brave’ when it comes to criticising Israel/Jews? Lars Viks can only hope to enjoy the freedom of ‘cartoonists’ such as Bell.

  14. Gary O

    Seth Freedman – not feeling well?

    In a rare moment of hope our anti-hero Seth has jumped over the fence. From the dark side to the light.

    In the meantime he has badly snagged his bollocks on those hateful spikes in the middle, that is CIF – Ouch!

  15. Reading the guardian news section is just embarrassing .
    Yesterday they claimed Israel censored Twitter , now they claim Israel had sabotage the boats .

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  17. Mar

    Well I dunno, Stevie Bell is usually pretty accurate.

    …when copying pictures from Nazi hate sites

  18. Hawkeye

    This is much ado about nothing. It is the Israeli flag he is attacking not Jews For goodness sake give us a break.I know Israel needs support and here that always means shouting “anti Semite” but is there not another tune you could sing? Weve heard this one.

  19. I have a somewhat different take on this ditzy cartoon. Three or four generations ago, Jews weren’t considered as frontline material, good and ready for combat assignments. The perception has palpably evolved. They fear us now or so it seems. I for one couldn’t never ask for a better deterrent.

  20. zoidberg

    “tasteless and unfunny….sums up bell’s careeer though”

    Bell is the best political artist in the UK and has been since Gerald Scarfe at his peak. He has dominated for 35 years…there is no one in the same ballpark.

    You are mebbe too young to remember him during the dark Thatcher era as we were stepping over teenagers in cardboard boxes. Despite my new found respect for you ..you are cloyingly wrong here.

  21. This website is amazing. I used to think the delusional should be kept silent but now I realise the best thing is to allow them to spout their gibberish nonsense until they are blue in the face.

    Some other ideas you guys could theorise about:
    1. Did the activists on the boat shoot and kill themselves to put even greater blame on the IDF?
    2. If the IDF had just bombed the ships and let them sink, would this have stopped Hamas getting the PR victory they wanted?
    3. Should the IDF blow up every port in every country so as to not allow any more terrorist flotillas?
    4. Should the definition of terrorist be expanded to include everyone who the IDF shoots?

  22. Did the activists on the boat shoot and kill themselves to put even greater blame on the IDF?

    Many a true word is spoken in jest!

    Yes, it’s quite possible. The two pistols stolen from the IDF were found on the bodies of two dead Turks – with empty magazines.

    Where did all those bullets go? Isn’t it possible that those Turks firing willy-nilly on a crowded, moving ship on which a battle was in progress actually shot some, if not all of those other dead “activists”?

  23. Dave

    This website is amazing. I used to think the delusional should be kept silent but now I realise the best thing is to allow them to spout their gibberish nonsense until they are blue in the face

    You mean berchie Davy and yourself?

    Did the activists on the boat shoot and kill themselves to put even greater blame on the IDF?

    Not at all. They tried to kill the soldiers and overestimated the heavenly support. Tough luck that’s all.

    If the IDF had just bombed the ships and let them sink, would this have stopped Hamas getting the PR victory they wanted?

    Most armies of the world, especially of countries closest to your worldview certainly would do exactly that. The IDF killed only those who tried to kill them.
    You know I prefer my deadly enemies neutralized and even If I’m being hated by the losers and their friends.

    Should the IDF blow up every port in every country so as to not allow any more terrorist flotillas?

    Not all of them, only those representing a clear and present danger to Israel and their elimination would significantly reduce the threat.

    Should the definition of terrorist be expanded to include everyone who the IDF shoots?

    No, I would express it otherwise. The IDF should shoot every terrorist who threatens the security of Israel and there is no other way to eliminate the threat.

  24. Where did all those bullets go? Isn’t it possible that those Turks firing willy-nilly on a crowded, moving ship on which a battle was in progress actually shot some, if not all of those other dead “activists”?

    Yes, all that mucking about made the boat wobble, and you know what armed Turks are like on wobbly boats.

  25. “Not at all. They tried to kill the soldiers and overestimated the heavenly support. Tough luck that’s all.”

    Yes – this is why they armed themselves with brooms and other odds and ends. They knew that the IDF would board the ship in the middle of the night with nothing more than pens and clipbaords. They would have no idea that the commandos would be trained killers with guns.

    “countries closest to your worldview” – what does this mean?

    “You know I prefer my deadly enemies neutralized and even If I’m being hated by the losers and their friends”

    They are your deadly enemies cos they are dead. Before this you knew nothing about them. You are retroactively justifying their deaths.

    “Not all of them, only those representing a clear and present danger to Israel and their elimination would significantly reduce the threat…. The IDF should shoot every terrorist who threatens the security of Israel and there is no other way to eliminate the threat. ”

    The point I’m trying to make is that this thinking (and action) is what leads to a ‘threat’. Just shooting everybody doesn’t solve the problems – it just sows the seeds hatred and perpetuates violence. The flotilla was attempting to “break the siege” – there would be no flotilla (and no needless deaths) if there was no siege. When the IDF assaulted Gaza in 08/09 and killed hundreds of women and children, did this reduce the threat? Did this work?

    It’s a very simple thing.

  26. Dave

    Yes – this is why they armed themselves with brooms and other odds and ends.

    Yeah and iron bars , knives, axes and other small handy items.

    They would have no idea that the commandos would be trained killers with guns

    Yes I know. The members of commando units of every army are the perfect copies of Mother Theresa equipped with rose water and candies instead of guns. Luckily the IDF a bit more than that…

    They are your deadly enemies cos they are dead. Before this you knew nothing about them. You are retroactively justifying their deaths.

    Really? I knew perfectly who they were and that they were my and every decent humans’ enemies the second that saw them chanting the Khaibar march. Nothing retroactive here.

    The point I’m trying to make is that this thinking (and action) is what leads to a ‘threat’. Just shooting everybody doesn’t solve the problems – it just sows the seeds hatred and perpetuates violence. The flotilla was attempting to “break the siege” – there would be no flotilla (and no needless deaths) if there was no siege. When the IDF assaulted Gaza in 08/09 and killed hundreds of women and children, did this reduce the threat? Did this work?

    It’s a very simple thing.

    Really simple in according to your logic. No Israel – no hate – no threat.

  27. Pete, you haven’t engaged with the subject of anything I’ve said. This either means you are incapable of it or you agree with it.

    And this: “Really simple in according to your logic. No Israel – no hate – no threat.” is made-up nonsense. Where do I say this?

  28. What’s the point of engaging with any points you make Dave C?

    They are confused and parroted. I doubt that you had a single original idea since you were seven years old.

    Peter is, correctly I believe given the guff you have written, inferring what you mean. You are predictable, like so many tossers from CiF. This means that you don’t actually have actually to say it for the reader to get that impression of you.

  29. “This either means you are incapable of it or you agree with it.”

    Typically immature, either/or thinking, employed by the literal thinker.

    The real give away is later on in his post at 5.42pm where he says that he didn’t say it (as if that makes the post acceptable).

    Of course it escapes him that he didn’t have to say it. The whole thrust of his previous post was towards that.

    I wonder whether this is Exiledlondoner sailing under a false flag (rather like the “Turkish” ship which we now know was sailing from the Comoros Islands). We shall know if he comes back and nitpicks with this post instead of leaving well alone like a mature, adjusted adult.

  30. Only a very sick mind could come up with those cartoons that Steve Bell posts,the guy himself is a caricature.

    Steve Bell a guy that looks like a baboon depicted George Bush as a monkey.

  31. “In that regard, its worth noting that if this was intended as a “pirate flag”, there would be bones crisscrossed underneath the skull perhaps also with a patch covering the eye of the skull. The omission was intentional.”

    Er, there are bones crisscrossing around the skull – including under it – to form a Star of David. Some omission!

  32. Dave C

    Pete, you haven’t engaged with the subject of anything I’ve said. This either means you are incapable of it or you agree with it.

    Even taking into account my poor English if you feel that I didn’t addressed your points then your ability to read and/or understand simple texts is seriously challenged.

  33. I’ve treated their three soldiers on board. When they surrender their troops until the lights hit.
    This is how humanity.

  34. Ercant

    Israeli killing of the nine volunteers help never be forgotten.

    You omitted that the nine were IHH jihadis volunteering for martyrdom.

    I’ve treated their three soldiers on board.

    Were you there?

    When they surrender their troops until the lights hit.

    You’ll have to express yourself more clearly if you want to be understood.

    If you mean to admit three Israeli soldiers were taken prisoner, then you have admitted the IHH attacked, injured, kidnapped, detained, and imprisoned Israeli troops attempting simply to exercise their legitimate function of maritime/customs inspection.

    In other words, the IHH, aided and abetted by the Turkish government, committed an illegal act of terrorism on the high seas.

    Is that what you were trying to say?

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