How one British paper decided to depict living Jews on Holocaust Memorial Day


H/T to Raheem at The Commentator

In my 2010 report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs about antisemitic cartoons, I noted that political cartoons often have more of an immediate impact in reinforcing negative stereotypes than a lengthy essay.  They express ideas which are easy to understand, and thus represent an efficient way to transmit hate and prejudices, including antisemitism.

While the largest output of antisemitic cartoons nowadays comes from the Arab and Muslim world, some “respectable” European papers have published graphic depictions of Jews evoking classic Judeophobic stereotypes.

Some of the core motifs of antisemitic cartoons are Jews as absolute evil; imagery equating Israel with Nazi Germany; Jewish conspiracies; Zionists controlling the world; and variations of the blood libel.

While mainstream Western papers avoid explicitly promoting the blood libel, variations of this theme – suggesting in cartoon and in prose that bloodthirsty Israeli Jews intentionally kill innocently Palestinians (often children) – have been published at popular sites.  For instance, one of the most popular news sites in the Anglo world, The Huffington Post, posted a cartoon in 2012 by notorious antisemitic cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, which clearly conveyed the idea that the Israeli Prime Minister was murdering Palestinian babies to gain votes in the upcoming election, suggesting that baby killing was supported by the Israeli public.

A similar motif of infanticide appeared in a 2003 cartoon by Dave Brown in the progressive British daily The Independent. The cartoon shows Sharon eating the head of a Palestinian baby and saying, “What’s wrong? Have you never seen a politician kissing a baby? It won Britain’s 2003 Political Cartoon of the Year Award.

The following cartoon was published at The Sunday Times (the largest-selling ‘serious’ British national Sunday newspaper) today, Jan. 27, International Holocaust Memorial Day.

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In case you didn’t notice, the text reads ‘Will Cementing Peace Continue?’, an apparent allusion to Israeli construction across the green line.

However, the Sunday Times cartoonist decided to depict such building as not only injurious to peace, but (as the bloody, mangled bodies being buried over with cement, laid by the bloody trowel of a sinister Israeli Prime Minister) as a sadistic act of violence against innocents in order to gain votes in the Israeli election.  

In light of the Sunday Times’ decision to publish a cartoon on Holocaust Memorial Day depicting a blood-lusting Jewish leader, as well as recent comments by British MP David Ward suggesting that, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Jews should learn to stop “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians”, as well as other routine debasements of Holocaust memory, here’s a simple, if counter-intuitive request to those who believe that the Holocaust means anything at all:

Spare us your Holocaust pieties, your monuments, your memorials, museums and days of remembrance, and consider that, instead of honoring Jews murdered over 65 years ago, you may want to begin, instead, to honor Jews who are still among us.

There are many ways to show reverence for a tiny minority which has somehow survived despite the best efforts, past and present, of practitioners of homicidal antisemitism. However, the especially morally righteous among you may wish to gain a basic understanding of the precise manner in which Jews have been caricatured, vilified, demonized and dehumanized prior to pogroms, massacres and genocides, studiously avoid advancing narratives or creating graphic depictions which evoke such antisemitic imagery, and righteously condemn those who do so.

You can not undo the horrors inflicted upon six million souls, but you can live your life with a steely determination to never again allow lethal, racist narratives about living Jews to go unchallenged, and to assiduously fight efforts to reintroduce such toxic calumnies into the “respectable” public discourse. 

258 comments on “How one British paper decided to depict living Jews on Holocaust Memorial Day

  1. HMD is increasingly being used by the would-be annihilators of Israel and its people as an opportunity to sink their teeth into their object of maniacal hatred instead of quiet reflection. As well as the Sunday Times libel, there was a sideswipe in the Independent’s piece and of course, David Ward’s foul utterance. The message is clear; dead Jews good- live Jews bad. Do Jews have a future in Britain?

    • The message is clear; dead Jews good- live Jews bad. Do Jews have a future in Britain?

      Don’t be ridiculous. I mean really: do you genuinely believe this nonense – or is it just deliberate propaganda?

    • “dead Jews good- live Jews bad.”

      Ridiculous nonsense, and antisemitic.

      “Do Jews have a future in Britain”

      They certainly seem to think so The prospect of leaving Europe for a country showered with rockets and still in a state of war with its neighbours is not that attractive, especially when you know that your childen will have to serve three years in the military.

      • Typical post-modern inversion: “nat” the fraudster and professional Jew-hater trying to decide what is anti-Semitic. Pathetic.

        • Typical post-modern insults from someone who’s able neither to engage in a respectful debate, nor to articulate his thoughts: “SerJew” the aggressive and professional peaceful coexistence-hater trying to decide what is anti-Semitic. Pathetic.

            • SerJew, it is ridiculous to write that Jews don’t have a future in Britain. There’s a thriving Jewish community in Great Britain, whose members are as British as any Anglican, Catholic or Muslim Brit. The fact that only a minority of Jews make Aliyah is proof that they feel that they do have a future in the UK. As I said, many European Jews feel uneasy at the prospect of moving to Israel considering the current political climate, and quite a number are not too sure about sending their children to the military service because they think it might be dangerous. Parents always worry for their children.

    • What CIF Watch won’t publish: Scarfe often makes use of images of blood in his cartoons.

      The red fluid is splashed across his website and featured, for example, in a recent cartoon of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who was pictured as a green, wraith-like creature drinking greedily from an oversized cup labelled “Children’s Blood”.

      CIF Watch won’t mention it, but Israeli newspapers did:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4338264,00.html

      • “Nat”, you defense of a blood–libelist is apalling and racist, but not surprising coming from a Jew-hating fraudster.

        • Serjew, your ignorance and your intellectual inability to articulate your thoughts is appalling, but not surprising coming from an extremist who seems unable to realize that peace is what all Israelis are yearning for,

          Scarfe often makes use of images of blood in his cartoons. The red fluid is splashed across his website and featured, for example, in a recent cartoon of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who was pictured as a green, wraith-like creature drinking greedily from an oversized cup labelled “Children’s Blood”.

          You won’t mention it, but Israeli newspapers did:

          http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4338264,00.html

          • The fact that Scarfe published his cartoon on Holocaust Memorial Day was clearly inappropriate, but it’s far-fetched to say that his cartoon is antisemitic. Scarfe also used blood when drawing Bachar Al Assad, who he showed drinking the blood of a child.

  2. This is really breathtakingly disgusting! How does this differ from something that might have appeared in a Nazi paper in the 1930s? It shows the same repulsive mindset.

    • It’s quite a good likeness ! It makes a point about the illegal settlements springing up all over the occupied territories ( not too mention the continued house-demolitions) and last but not least the erection of the hated Wall.This is a political point about an Israeli politician who happens to be Jewish and whose policies have buried any hopes for peace in the area. It has nothing to do with the Holocaust and everything to do with the criminal treatment of the Palestinians now,today,not events which took place 70 years ago.
      Of course ,if you want a parallel which took place 80 years ago,have a look at the photo-montage work of Johnny Heartfield who probably hated Hitler more than you do.

      • It has nothing to do with “palestinian treatment” and such BS and everything to do with your type of pompous Jew-hatred. Piss off, snotty-jerk.

        • such scum exisit ,they thrive on the deaths of jews,, the times will face blood libel sumons from the state of israel,,along with its editior cleric in cheif n cartoonist, hope they got a lot of money,cos were gona take every penny of it n close the paper ,,spretty ya better get ya der stumer else where,,eh i here david irving looking for a personal foot washer,off ya go,,-

      • It’s official. As a thematic apperception test (TAT) it shows the inner workings of your grotesque and very fevered imagination.

        Most decent people find it abhorrent. I ask myself why you don’t

        • Thanks for the diagnosis! I believe my dog suffers from the same  T.A.T. The word TAT means cheap.meretricious and rubbish! Are you calling me rubbish? you should see my brick laying skills!

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      • Stupid Palestinians
        We don’t have any money for infra structure
        But here’s 25 thousand if your kids blow themselves up
        We don’t have any money for schools and hospitals
        But here’s some more banners and guns to be corrupt

        We don’t have any money for roads and homes
        But here’s some more rockets to Kill Israeli kids
        We don’t have any more money for food and clothes
        But Hamas is collecting souls for Allah with real cheap bids

        Stupid Palestinians

        Can’t even tell whose playin them for fools
        Can’t see the outrage and open Alli Baba graft
        They keep thinkin the squeeky wheel gets the grease
        But really all they get’s

        The shaft

        ****
        ****

        Signed

        The rest of the Arab Community
        Who think that they are above rebuke
        Who think think they’ll usher in a Calliphate
        By helpin every proxy act of war sponsored by

        Iran’s Princely Persian pukes

        Neils
        10:52 pm
        10/13/2007
        *
        transcribed this time

        11:08 pm
        01/27/2013

        N….again

        • Quite a torrent of racist drivel. Is it meant to be a poem? In which case don’t give up the day job! Oh! And while your about it why not  try to improve your spelling.

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            • So it IS a cartoon! It’s a POLITICAL cartoon about the policies of a POLITICIAN! He happens to be building a wall which seems to be making some people uncomfortable. In which case,probably not a nice man. Distinguishing features are a large red nose ( typical of this type of caricature) and large ears ( ditto). So to recap he is a red-nosed,floppy -eared ( almost!) bricklayer doing something not very nice ( we think!).

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              • Yeah, you are a douche-bag, snotty. The wall has saved LIVES, JEWISH lives, and surely that makes some people uncomfortable indeed. Tough shi*. And the red cement clearly mean blood. So it’s classical anti-Semitic imagery, political or not (that’s not the point) and, moreover, published on Holocaust Memorial Day. That’s how low Perfid Albion can go. And your punctuation sucks once more.

                • SerJew, why isn’t the Wall built along the Israel-Palestine border, but partly inside the territory of Palestine, in contravention of international law?

                • “SerJew, why isn’t the Wall built along the Israel-Palestine border, but partly inside the territory of Palestine, in contravention of international law?”

                  There is no border. Your buddies wouldn’t agree to one. There could have been one along the 1949 Armistice lines, but the Arabs insisted that the armistice line not be considered a legal border, and so it was never made one. Sorry, “Nat,” we all know where you’d like it to be, but your terror buddies will have to come to the negotiating table I’m afraid. Nothing else will do.

          • Watch out Niels, you’ve been called an uppercase racist by “Nat.” He didn’t even have one of his sock puppets do. This is serious. And do remember when “Nat,” his sock puppets, and the other “champions of anti-racism” racism here call you a raicist, it’s quite the same as being called “doody-head” by a bunch of 3rd graders.

      • “It makes a point about the illegal settlements springing up all over the occupied territories ( not too mention the continued house-demolitions) ” – Snotty

        Really ? Where?

        The main thing holding up peace is Arab unwillingness, just as it was 70 years ago. The cartoon is an attempt at demonization, as is your comment, and as are all your comments.

    • Nasty though the cartoon is, there is a huge difference to the Nazi-era papers. Frankly I feel sorry for you if you can’t see it.

  3. British “civilized decency” has since long been lost, time for the Jews still living in England to realize that they should make aliya to Israel.

      • “Another tough guy who can’t spell his name.Laughable!

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        Another hypocrite troll who can’t spell, laughing at other people for making spelling mistakes. All too believable!

  4. I was going to respond. But I see Brian (above) has got here before me. Anyway, what Scarfe has produced and the S.T. editor has seen fit to publish is so repugnant that on this rare occasion words fail me. The U.K may now congratulate itself: Its leading serious Sunday newspaper is the new ‘Der Stürmer’ and acting editor, John Witherow, its Julius Streicher. I wonder what recently departed editor of ‘The Times’, a Jew named James Harding has to say about all this ….?

    • If you think the Sunday Times is the UK’s “leading serious Sunday newspaper” then how can you possibly have an opinion on the matter. It is merely a tabloid rag masquerading as a broadsheet.Murdoch has seen to that. Comparisons with Der Sturmer are even more laughable. You devalue your argument by using such hysterical comparisons and thus weaken the effectiveness of language in attending to real and dangerous examples racism and hate. If you want to understand the position of this cartoon within the cosmos try looking at the works of a Johnny Heartfield. This very brave German anti-fascist was producing material that exposed the wickedness of the Nazis right under their noses.Read and learn!

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    • Don’t go OTT – as much as the Sunday Times is offensively repugnant for printing disgusting crap like this, it’s not like ‘Der Stürmer’…

      …now, The Guardian on the other hand…

      • The Guardian = ‘Der Stürmer’???

        Like Natalie Irene Wood, your superficial comment belittles the crimes of the Nazis. There is simply no comparison.

        • Comparing the Guardian with Der Sturmer. Is that what passes for irony around here? There’s not a lot of it about in these parts. Still if it’s a trade off between hysterical nonsense and incessant personal abuse,I’m all for that!

          It’s good to see someone talking about the crimes of the Nazis rather than the atrocities carried out by the British Media.

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          • Finally you’ve got “it’s” right, eh, snotty? Though your punctuation still sucks. Now, this is not a blog about Nazism. Maybe you should create one yourself. I suggest you begin by informing yourself about palestinian hero and Nazi war-criminal Haj Amin al Husseini, aka The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

          • “Comparing the Guardian with Der Sturmer. Is that what passes for irony around here? ”

            Indeed no. You’re what passes for irony around here.

    • Its leading serious Sunday newspaper is the new ‘Der Stürmer’ and acting editor, John Witherow, its Julius Streicher

      Well done for trivialising the Nazis and the Holocaust.

      Pathetic.

        • you don’t have a kind or positive word to say about anyone or anything

          In that case you can only have a very selective viewing of posting history here.

          Ban me? I’ve made more positive contributions to this website than you – and the tiny-minded idiots agreeing with you – have or ever will do.

        • Natalie,

          Why would you want Adam to ban pretzelberg from this site and leave Snottyville, Nat and the other vomiters of poison to remain?
          You might not agree with him on this occasion, but he is always honest and has made some very positive contributions.

  5. This is the most teastless thing I have seen in a long time. Is this an Antisemitic Pravda?

    Regards
    Staffan from Sweden

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      • Just go away, moronic pompous Jew-hating twat. You are the grotesque racist around here. Move your fat stinking ass and go to Gaza save your beloved fakestinians. Just go!

      • “Surely its Benhamin Netanyahu” snotty-jerk

        LOL! Is English your first language? What a pompous moronic turd.

      • Spratt: “Greater Israel”. You know nothing about geography, politics or Israel’s history. Egotistical, moronic, parochial Little Englander.

      • “That’s not Bob Dylan!� Surely its Benyamin Netanyahu,”

        I guess that’s why it says “Bob Dylan” at the bottom of the picture. They all look alike to Scarfe and Snotty.

  7. The cartoon represents the coming out of the cartoonist’s inner sadist. There’s nothing more their. Just another present day Nazi who feels that he’s missed out on something.

  8. The International Holocaust Day provokes the neonazis like primityville to confess their hate of Jews.
    Some sort of reminding us of the continuing antisemitism in new forms but same content.

  9. . I have bowed out of the local interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. This is a personal choice and I DO NOT ADVOCATE ANYONE NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICE. I INTRODUCED INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICES IN 1974 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IF NOT THE FIRST TO DO SO. This was a difficult decision for me based on personal principle. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp.

  10. Spare us your Holocaust pieties, your monuments, your memorials, museums and days of remembrance

    Is this comment directed at the government or the media – or the entire British nation?

    Horrible little cartoon, mind – particularly with the timing.

    • According to Tom Gross, it covered 60% of the page of the ST:in which it appeared:

      http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001332.html

      In the print edition of the paper, this cartoon was so big that it went from the top of page 21 all the way to under the fold of the page. (i.e. it stretched about 60 percent of the way down the page) The Sunday Times is a large broadsheet, with each page the same size as a page on, for example, The International Herald Tribune. The cartoon was in full color.

      • Corr Blimey! Pure essence of antisemitism in full colour!  Whatever next! The marvels of  modern technology!  Seeyah1 I’m off to my brick laying class!

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    • “Horrible little cartoon, mind – particularly with the timing.”

      Timing being everything, that makes it not just an insult, but an assault. Do you not see that?

    • “Is this comment directed at the government or the media – or the entire British nation?”

      pretzelberg, you’ll find the answer to your question by re-reading the previous paragraph in the post.

  11. The Holocaust means nothing to the lefties, liberals and the progressive media in the West. They take the opportunity of the Memorial Day to heap insults on the living Jews and demonise Israel. Liberal lefty progressives, feminists, Islamists, gays and lesbians, Hamas supporters, Nazis, fascists and the environmentalists have all hijacked the Holocaust for their own anti-Semitic and other nefarious anti-Israeli propaganda. Frankly, this Day is doing more harm than good. I have lost all my respect for Gerald Scarfe. Really sad for me.

    • The Holocaust means nothing to the lefties, liberals and the progressive media in the West.
      FYI: the far-left Neues Deutschland had a “never-forget” front-page story plus a 10-page supplement about the Holocaust yesterday.

      They take the opportunity of the Memorial Day to heap insults on the living Jews and demonise Israel.
      More nonsense.

      Agree about Gerald Scarfe, however. Very tasteless.

    • What is really sad is that you appear to hate everyone! Does that include yourself? Let me guess? I bet you don’t hate Daily Mail readers. And certainly not Mrs Thatcher!Have you ever stopped to think about what it is your writing? You imply that there is an overwhelming culture of antisemitism in this country. If that were the case why are the roads and airports not choked with people fleeing from such persecution. Do you really anticipate a torrent of antisemitism resulting from this political cartoon or the remarks made about Israel by David Ward? If you want to witness REAL antisemitism get on a plane to Hungary and check out the antics of the far-right in that country. Bearing in mind that anyone you meet aged about 85 or so, is probably still trying to wash the Jewish blood off his/her hands! Oh and stop trivialising the Holocaust by making dishonest capital out of it!

      • You forgot Johnny Hearfield this time, snotty. And your punctuation sucks. In fact, everything you write sucks big time. And stop moralizing about the Holocaust: that’s really trivializing and disgusting.

    • Amazing that the claim that “the Holocaust means nothing to the lefties” gets so many agrees when it’s patently untrue. Although no surprise here at CiFW, of course.

    • No,that’s the sort of propaganda REAL antisemites put out! You know,people like the Nazis and the Arrow Cross. We don’t have a Nazi party in Britainand i’ve never seen evidence of the Arrow Cross!

      • Why don’t you start your own Nazi party? You could certainly use the expertise of your beloved palarabs, as their main hero is a certain Haj Amin al Husseini, Hitler’s buddy and Nazi criminal.

    • Should read ” a day to educate a younger generation about the Holocaust and other genocides” surely? Which Western media would that be? What is the libel precisely? And what is the grotesque imagery? And at this time of reflection and thoughts about suffering,what are your views about Palestinian suffering which continues day after day,after day ,after day?

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      • Learn to write first, snotty. And if you are so concerned with fakestinians, why don’t you do something for real? Move to Gaza and join a Salafist gang. GO!

      • “Should read ‘a day to educate a younger generation about the Holocaust and other genocides’ surely? ”

        Not necessarily. While it can be a time to teach about other genocides it is primarily about the genocide of the Jews of Europe. That’s what commemorations are about, i.e., specific events. In my opinion, the very teaching of the attempted genocide of European Jewry should be enough of a lesson about the evil of genocide by itself, except for the truly dimwitted. The question is why you and like-minded people feel the need to water it down? Why the deflection? The very timing of the publishing of the cartoon which you make light of, is an assault on that memory, and makes a mockery of it, as do your allusions to “Palestinian suffering which continues day after day, after day, after day?” Why? Because they don’t have a state? Because they can’t drive the Jews into the sea? Any objective look at these two narratives shows how wholly different they are. You and like-minded people blur such distinctions. Your rather loose use of the word “suffering” reflects this. Using the Holocaust to teach lessons about all genocide is one thing. To use the memory of the Holocaust, a real genocide to propagandize for the Palestinian cause, i.e., and to try to convince us that they’re even analogous, amounts a form of Holocaust denial.

        • Exactly. That’s the real banalization of the Holocaust. Plus the European delight in moral Schadenfreude. Prof. Landes describes this perfectly in his blog. HMD is perversely turned into an opportunity for the euro-trash to try exculpating themselves from their disastrous past.

  12. You could make a good case that the construction of the wall/fence has been a major cause of low casualties. On the Israeli side by cutting successful terrorism coming across the green line to zero.and on the Palestinian by reducing the need for Israel to take military steps against terrorists. One consequence of this barrier is that Israel felt confident enough in her ability to protect her citizens to reduce checkpoints restricting Palestinian movement.

    Searle may not believe it. but he probably gets his news from the British media so it’s hardly surprising he knows so little.

        • I thought you’d fucked off to your brick-laying class, which is oh-so working class for a middle class “wanna-be” like yourself. All the bloody same you lot.

          • I’ve been ridiculing your hate-filled diatribes for some time now. Either you can’t read or the old “red mist” descends to promote another paroxysm of abuse and paranoia. However as you ask ( in your own sweet way!) ,the cartoon is making a political point about the Prime minister of a country whose actions are literally “burying” the so-called Peace Process.There is the small matter of 170+ Palestinians who have perished recently as a result of HIS decisions. He also is in the process of LITERALLY building a WALL which is also a blow to any possibility of negotiations.  There is nothing in the cartoon to indicate that he is Jewish!  As for the blood-libel slur:-he is not pictured with a hooked nose or consuming Christian babies! To claim it is antisemitic is to devalue the meaning of the word!  The reality is that in this case protagonists of the quasi-mediaeval “Blood-libel” are using this cartoon and its juxtaposition to HMD to try to maintain the fiction that ANY criticism of Isreal is ipso facto antisemitic.

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            • sprattyville,

              Who is it you think I hate? And why are you so extremely one-sided in your pronouncements of Israeli guilt? The idea that Netanyahu is completely responsible for the “collapse” of the “peace process” is laughable. There is the small matter of a Palestinian leadership that sanctions the outright slaughter of Jews for being Jews. And there’s the matter of Hamas firing rockets at Israeli civilians recently (an actual war crime) that would have had quite a high body count of dead Jews were it not for the superiority of the IDF and Iron Dome. You talk about HIS decision. His decision to do what? Defend his people from death? That’s more than just his decision, it’s his responsibility. The WALL is mostly a fence. Why do you even refer to it as THE WALL. In any case, THE WALL was not there for the longest time. Do you recall that? Why is it there now? THE WALL has probably protected far more than 170 people, i.e., Palestinians in your parlance. Of course there’s nothing in the picture to indicate that is jewish, except for the fact that he’s the recognizable leader of the world’s only jewish country. Nothing to indicate a blood libel, except that he is basically murdering non-jews with cement made of blood. What could be wrong about publishing such a cartoon on a day dedicated to the remembrance of the genocide of european Jewry? This cartoon says to many of us “The Jewish State = The Nazi State. That, in itself, is disgusting on any day of the calendar year.

              Or do you maintain the following:
              ” The reality is that in this case protagonists of the quasi-mediaeval “Blood-libel” are using this cartoon and its juxtaposition to HMD to try to maintain the fiction that ANY criticism of Isreal is ipso facto antisemitic.”

              This last sentence of yours tells more about your conspiratorial mind than you might wish people to know. You have a fevered imagination. Cool it.

  13. Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer, who is no one’s anti-Israeli Israeli, and no one’s self-hating Jew, gives four reasons why the cartoon is not anti-Semitic, the first of which is, with capital added by me for emphasis:

    “IT IS NOT DIRECTED AT JEWS.”

    He goes on to say: “There is absolutely nothing in the cartoon which identifies its subject as a Jew. No Star of David or kippa, and though some commentators have claimed Netanyahu’s nose in the cartoon is over-sized, at most this is in line with Scarfe’s style (and that of cartoonists) of slightly exaggerating physical features. Jew-noses are prevalent in truly anti-Semitic cartoons that routinely appear in Arab newspapers – you can find them easily on the web. They are big, bulbous and hooked snouts, and look nothing like Netanyahu’s nose a-la-Scarfe.”

    More importantly, and again I’ll add capitals for emphasis, he adds: “FURTHERMORE, NETANYAHU IS AN ISRAELI POLITICIAN WHO WAS JUST ELECTED BY A QUARTER OF ISRAELI VOTERS, NOT A JEWISH SYMBOL OR A GLOBAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE JEWS.”

    For the other three reasons, check out the piece here: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/four-reasons-why-u-k-cartoon-of-netanyahu-isn-t-anti-semitic-in-any-way.premium-1.496880

    I’ll check back later to pick my latest accusations of being anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, etc etc. Have a great afternoon everyone!

    C

    • To defend that indefendable you cite, what else, a jJewish voice. Such a surprise, your hiding behind..
      The wall made with blood is clearly Antisemitic, the blood libel once again modernised, and paraphrases explicitly illustrations of the annihilation camps of the NS, on the International Holocaust Memorial Day, setting an equation.

      • Fritz,
        Thanks for answering chrisjamescox’s obnoxious comment. You saved me the trouble and make fast work of it.

        chrisjamescox,

        Anshel Pfeffer is not the world’s only Jew. I’m also a real Jew, and I’m not anti-Israeli. Feel free to hide behind my authenticity anytime. But it would be harder to use me as a jewish ‘human shield’ for your anti-Israeli ‘ruminations.’

          • “There’s that ‘sick’ phrase that the bravest army in the universe uses ad nauseum!”

            Don’t blame the rest of us just because you’ve emotionally invested your self into supporting some sick monsters.

  14. Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer, who is no one’s anti-Israeli Israeli, and no one’s self-hating Jew
    Yes Cox he’s the archetype of of an anti-Israeli Israeli. True he doesn’t hate himself (even he likes himself very much) only the other Jews.
    FURTHERMORE, NETANYAHU IS AN ISRAELI POLITICIAN WHO WAS JUST ELECTED BY A QUARTER OF ISRAELI VOTERS, NOT A JEWISH SYMBOL OR A GLOBAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE JEWS
    Furthermore Cox this is pure and distilled bullshit. He’s the prime minister of Israel and as such he’s the representative of Israel and its people the Jews.
    But I have to say that the funniest thing of the week after Ward’s laments about the inability of the Jews to learn their lessons after the Holocaust is when anti-Semites like you are defining who is an anti-Semite and who is not.

    • Sure, that’s a funny thing from this week. Even funnier, mind you, is how amid all this debate about what constitutes anti-Semitism you’re accusing me of being anti-Semitic without bothering to provide a single scrap of evidence – kind of debases the whole concept, along with the whole tragic history doesn’t it?

      If you’d like to provide compelling evidence – that E-V-I-D-E-N-C-E – of me airing anti-Semitic views, I’d be very interested to read it, and indeed, I will report myself to the police accordingly. If you can’t, then I recommend just giving that whole sorry, childish game a rest. It’s pathetic.

      • Yeah, you decide what is anti-Semitic, eh, dr. cocks? Obsessing about Israel, blaming Israel of basically everything, repetitive accusations of racism, and now failing to recognize even the obviously perverse holocaust inversion of the late cartoon, nan, that’s not evidence, is it? It’s just dr. cock’s bona-fides “criticism” of Israel. That’s the new post-modern anti-Semite: he is to decide if he’s a Jew-hater or not; he wants the best of the worlds, namely, to take the self-righteous high moral ground of “anti-racist” as a totally false credentials to barf Jew-hatred without guilt.

        New to you, dr. cocks: the masquerade doesn’t work anymore. You are pure drek.

      • Cox – I don’t have to add anything to SerJew’s answer – it says everything what the readers need to know about your relation to Jews. But let me tell you something – I really don’t give a flying falafel about you being an antisemite or not – it is only a word. What I need to know about you that you are the enemy of Israel and as a consequence an you are an enemy of the Jewish people.

      • To watch the new antisemits how they deny being one is normally great fun, but not on the International Holocaust Memorial Day.
        On this day it shows only the deeply disgusting face of them.

      • Your use of the expression “tragic history” says a lot about you too Cox. Tragic when something bad happened accidentally from the perspective of the victim like death as a result of a car crash, a fatal illness or even the end of a shopping mall shooting where the victim simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Holocaust is not the result of an accidental/random historical event but the end of hundreds of years of demonization, libels and Scarfe style caricatures were well known instruments of this demonization process together with the contemporary Coxes’ incessant incitement, biased and exagerated criticism, libels, and selfrighteous hypocrisy. I understand your efforts to achieve the same “tragic” results again but sadly for you it won’t happen again. Not because the European piety and crocodile tears, but because the strength of Israel.

  15. “Spare us your Holocaust pieties, your monuments, your memorials, museums and days of remembrance, and consider that, instead of honoring Jews murdered over 65 years ago, you may want to begin, instead, to honor Jews who are still among us.

    “There are many ways to show reverence for a tiny minority which has somehow survived despite the best efforts, past and present, of practitioners of homicidal antisemitism. However, the especially morally righteous among you may wish to gain a basic understanding of the precise manner in which Jews have been caricatured, vilified, demonized and dehumanized prior to pogroms, massacres and genocides, studiously avoid advancing narratives or creating graphic depictions which evoke such antisemitic imagery, and righteously condemn those who do so.

    “You cannot undo the horrors inflicted upon six million souls, but you can live your life with a steely determination to never again allow lethal, racist narratives about living Jews to go unchallenged, and to assiduously fight efforts to reintroduce such toxic calumnies into the “respectable” public discourse.”

    Adam, I had to compliment you on these last paragraphs (and please forgive me for reproducing them in full). I am really outraged at how the Europeans have “apologized” for the Holocaust, then, some 60 years later, express the same anti-Semitic views that were often expressed then. Sadly, it seems that Europe is becoming inhospitable for Jews, and maybe, judging from history, it always was…

    • Save some of your hypocritical cant for the poor African asylum-seekers being persecuted on the streets of Tel Aviv on a daily basis. If you can’t see the POLITICAL point of a depiction of a man with a red nose and big ears building a wall that is harmful then you really should consider taking some medication!

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    • I am really outraged at how the Europeans have “apologized” for the Holocaust, then, some 60 years later, express the same anti-Semitic views that were often expressed then.

      Bear in mind this reads like an outrageous slur against 300 million people.

      Sadly, it seems that Europe is becoming inhospitable for Jews
      Clearly you’ve never stepped foot on the continent.

      Don’t believe the propaganda.

      • “Bear in mind this reads like an outrageous slur against 300 million people.”

        No it doesn’t.

        “Sadly, it seems that Europe is becoming inhospitable for Jews
        Clearly you’ve never stepped foot on the continent.”

        “Don’t believe the propaganda.”

        Yes, things are going swimmingly, especially in places like Malmo. Come on, pretz.
        Turn the lights on.

  16. No nation in the world has undergone the suffering, prejudice and discrimination as have us Jews. It behooves us, the Jews, to behave with humanity towards others – a lesson from the great rabbi Hillel: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    It also behooves others to learn how racism can destroy all that is good in humanity. I disagree vehemently with Netanyahu and his policies. I abhor the building of settlements in the West bank and believe with all my heart that peace requires painful sacrifice, and that the settlements are an obstruction to any peace agreement that can potentially be reached. However…the Palestinians are fanatically obsessed with the destruction of the Jewish State – with no open detractors of violence and terrorism among them . They celebrate every instance of murder and death of Jews and Israelis and dance on their rooftops. Until the Palestinians accept and recognize OUR right to self determination, peace will never be agreed upon.

    This cartoon is typically anti-Semitic and destructive to any encouragement of meaningful dialogue in order to achieve a workable compromise between the Jews and the Palestinians. The fact that it is published on the day marked for the remembrance of the most despicable acts of man’s inhumanity to man, betrays the true anti-Semitic bias of a newspaper that has the audacity to claim popularity and objectivity among mainstream readership. It is a disgrace to the London Times and its journalistic ethics. It is a moral indictment to the editorial team that chose to publish such a blatantly prejudicial and one-sided cartoon on this solemn day. A shame on the London Times.

    • Spare us your crocodile tears for the Palestinians!To say that all Palestinians dance with joy when Israelis suffer is a racist libel and gives the lie to your phony protestations of peace.Just take a look on Youtube to see the festivities taking place in NewYork at the height of Operation Cast Lead! Israeli supporters celebrating the deaths of 300 children! This pathetic nitpicking over a cartoon that makes a POLITICAL point, goes on while Israel continues to maim and kill,demolish homes and uproot crops and trees. Scarfe’s cartoon is not in any sense comparable to the images put out by the National Socialist in the 30′ and 40′s rather it sits closely with the work of the great and brave ANTI-NAZI Johnny Heartfield! Check it out and learn something for a change!

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      • Talk about crocodile tears… And, man, why don’t you use better punctuation? But, it doesn’t really matters, because you have zero substance in you pathetic little rants. And besides the Jews, you have a new obsession in this J. Heartfield. Good grief, what a lunatic!

      • “Israeli supporters celebrating the deaths of 300 children! ”

        Snotty,
        you are the worst sort of twisted polemicist out there today. No one celebrated “the deaths of 300 children” on the streets of New York, and you know it.
        What an awful misrepresentation.
        There is nothing “nitpicking” about the just criticism of the publishing of this cartoon on HMD. This criticism is wholly justified, and goes on while the Palestinians and their allies plan the next terror attack, the next ploy to go around negotiations in the hope of obtaining the status of statehood without ending their war on jewish independence. Your constant drumbeat of attributing nothing but the worst and most inhumane motives to Israel and Israelis is mind-numbingly stupid and flies in the face of reality. That you do this while accusing others of racism for pointing out the well-documented history of Palestinian celebrations of the deaths of Israeli Jews, and the hero worship advanced by their leaders for those who deliberately walk into pizzerias, etc. for the express purpose of killing and maiming as many civilians as possible shows yet again the rarified bubble of hypocrisy you live in.
        What that cartoon published on HMD did to trivialize the Holocaust you do every time you show up here. Now, go wipe your nose.

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  18. I doubt Gerald Scarfe has ever set a foot in Israel, never mind experienced the situation of living under contant threat of being blown away, sipping tea, at a cafe in downtown Tel Aviv or been under a barrage of rocket attacks. He should be given a free trip to Israel and Gaza to experience the conditions first hand and let him then decide who is “cementing the peace” and who is scuppering it. He doesn’t realise what propaganda advantage he has handed to the Nazis, fascists, Islamists and the lefty liberal “progressives” (the real evil ones). Scarfe is no ones fool, only his own.

  19. And yet again we have an inflammatory headline at CiFWatch.

    The cartoon specifically depicted the Israeli PM. Talk of it simply “depicting Jews” is deliberately misleading.

  20. I understand what you mean, pretzelberg. But don’t you think it is also a question of how each individual understands an image? For instance, it could be said that, as Prime Minister, Netanyahu represents the country by virtue of his presence in world media. It is then easy to extend this to representing Jews in general. Taking nuanced positions on these issues is not for the likes of Sprattyville also, and why commenters here continually feed this troll surprises me – just ignore him and perhaps he will go away!

      • “Still here Del boy!”

        Snotty, I thank Adam Levick for keeping you around as a sock puppet that reminds us of just how just and necessary a vibrant and strong Israel is. And I thank you for reminding us how one-sided bigotry and stupidity are alive and well in the world through your own example. After all, you are stupid enough to keep showing up.

    • But don’t you think it is also a question of how each individual understands an image?
      Yes. Of course that is – always – a very important factor to be considered.

      It is then easy to extend this to representing Jews in general.
      Yes. I can indeed see where that interpreteration is coming from – both on historical grounds and the current climate. But I still find it unfair to automatically accuse the cartoonist/newspaper of having published some general hate statement against Jews.

      Also agree re. Sprattyville. He – and it can be safely but sadly assumed it is a he – is here for the sole puorpose of winding people up.

      • Wrong Pretzelberg! Most of the contributors to this blog are firmly stuck on auto-pilot when it comes to wind-ups. It is possible to disagree with someone’s argument without descending to the level of abuse.

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  21. I haven’t read your article in its entirety or the comments below it. I was looking for a perspective on the cartoon and stumbled upon this article. I would like to know what exactly this cartoon has to do with Jewish people/the Jewish faith/the holocaust?

    I feel that having been to Auschwitz years ago to see what is left of the death camps that I have a moderate understanding of what took place in WWII. I, like any other sane person, appreciate that we should never let such hatred ever surface again whether its against Jews, Muslims, Christians etc So I am very keen not to let things that stir up hatred go without condemnation.

    What I fail to understand is how this cartoon is Anti-Semitic? Is not just a comment on Netanyahu and the deaths of Palestinian people?

    I genuinely want to know what I am missing, so that I can understand and hopefully help others understand why this cartoon and works like it, are evil and not mere political commentary

    Thanks in advance

    • Michael Sher,

      Let me suggest something to you. 1) Read the article in it’s entirety. 2) Read the comments BTL. This would be the natural first step in understanding. Do this before commenting.

      • These people seem unaware of the amount of anti-Semitic imagery in Germany (and Europe) even before WWII. Exterminationist desires are first externalized through writings and iconography, to which this late cartoon is yet another uncreative addition. This guy claims he went to Auschwitz but he’s got no clue about the nature of anti-Semitic hatred.

      • Do you not see that yours and SerJew’s responses might be counter-productive?

        His post seemed like a genuine query. Why so rude?

        • I find your overconcern with “rudeness” quite hypocritical, given that you like to call people here “mental midgets” and throw “racist” accusations all the time.

          Also, aren’t you suspicious that this guy hasn’t even read the post? And of his arrogance in claiming he understands the issues while in fact he’s got no clue of the basic facts?

          In any case, you are free to explain patiently to him why he’s such an ignorant. My view is that’s a waste of time.

          • I have no “overconcern with rudeness” (not in this case at least, ahem). Nor would I term Micheal Sher an “ignorant”.
            He seems to have come to this site with an open mind and is certainly not guilty of “arrogance” – he does not “claim he understands the issues”.

            Give the guy a break. That’s all I’m saying.

            • Well I genuinely came here for some help and guidance on the issue. Forgive me for wanting someone to literally spell out what the issue is with the cartoon.

              I searched google for “article on anti semitic cartoon” and this is one of the first few things came up. I asked the very same question that I posted here on other webpages.

              Rather than say things that some of you have said, the other sites users helped me to understand the issue that was being discussed, the reason some are disgusted by the picture and why others think it is not so bad.

              I came here with a genuine interest of peoples’ opinions. I’ve read the article, it did not help, that is why I asked the readers.

              Unfortunately it seems that some people on here are not willing to educate genuinely interested people. I get that there are many ‘trolls’ on the internet who have nothing better to do than annoy people so maybe that is why you were very defensive and decided to be aggressive rather than help.

              I personally feel as though I do have an appreciation for the atrocities of the holocaust, seeing as how my great grandparents were killed in it. Even if that had not been the case, travelling to the death camps was enough for me to understand, to a degree, what had taken place.

              Some of you need to grow up and I pray that you do.

              Thanks anyway guys. All the best

              • “Some of you need to grow up and I pray that you do.”

                You should apply thisadvice to yourself nostly, as you (and pretzl) seem incredibly and childishly oversensitive.

                • In this case, at least, it is SerJew who is being “incredibly and childishly oversensitive”.

                  Two perfectly reasonable posts from Micheal Sher, and what’s your response? You tell him to eff off. Genius.

              • “Well I genuinely came here for some help and guidance on the issue. Forgive me for wanting someone to literally spell out what the issue is with the cartoon.”

                I’m glad you were genuinely seeking to understand the issues people have with this cartoon, one of which was the timing of it’s publishing, i.e., on HMD, another is the imagery and the history of such imagery vis a vis lethal anti-Semitism. However, I was dead serious in telling you that you should read the entire article before asking about it BTL. The fact that you didn’t bother to do so before asking didn’t seem very adult to me.

                If you then bother to read below the line you’ll also notice that we have a certain troll infestation problem. Perhaps you’ll return for a more enlightened discussion after we’ve sprayed.

              • Michael, with regret I have to inform you that the majority of commenters at this site are right-wing extremists. You are unlikely to be educated, be able to throw around ideas, etc. here. If you want to join the battle against the right-wing bigots, feel free to muck in, but we would fully understnad if you chose to use your time and efforts elsewhere! All the best.

                • Michael,
                  Don’t fall for Sanity’s insane depiction of commenters here all being “right-wing bigots.” He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s comes here to distract people from discussing the day’s topic with his own off-topic comments, and when confronted with his own gibberish retreats into asking where the site’s funding comes from ad nauseam.
                  P.S. When he says “all the best,” well, he’s even lying about that. Be wary of such people.

                • Jeff, I think any outsider who comes to this site and sees the swivel-eyed garbage that people like you write, well, they can make their own minds up. I’m happy to leave it to the gods, as it were.

                • Weird thing as you keep posting in this “garbage” site, eh? Surely the Knight of Hypocrishire can’t resist a sanctimonious preaching.

                • Like SerJew, you seem to have zero interest in actually listening to and/or addressing Micheal Sher’s comments. In fact you are worse – because you are replying to him for the sole purpose of making some off-topic non-comment.

                • The swivel-eyed bigots went”off topic” a long time ago. Now what was it we were discussing before you told me to fuck off?

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                • In fact, pretzl, you are either a schizo or a hypocritical master of politically correct nonsense. You go around calling people here all kinds of names and then come whining about “rudeness” later. You have lots in common with inSanity, including the sanctimonious church-lady like self-righteousness.

                • @ SerJew

                  You are an anti-Muslim bigot.

                  And also a mental midget.

                  Where are the BTL voices here condemning this scumbag?

                • LOL! I gives me great pleasure to see that I upset the most shameless sanctimonious hypocrites ever seen in this blog. Priceless.

                  Now, oh, brave Knight of Hypocrishire, I though you had lots and lots of work to do. Why are you still posting?

                • BTW, sanitarium, don’t you think pretz’s calling people here “mental midgets” can be construed as offensive to the high-impaired population? How come you didn’t complain about it? Must be the armour of the brave Knight of Hypocrishire that’s spoiling your vision, eh?

                • Translation: you are shameless hypocrite. Hey, didn’t you have lots of stuff to do? Are you done already? Curious.

                • “Jeff, I think any outsider who comes to this site and sees the swivel-eyed garbage that people like you write, well, they can make their own minds up. I’m happy to leave it to the gods, as it were.”

                  Sanity,
                  There’s one problem with that: your previous comment completely betrays that sentiment.

            • Again, you frequently call people here “mental midgets” and “narrow-minded” and throw accusations of “racism” rather easily. Then how come you complain of my calling him ignorant? Why don’t you give US a break? Just saying.

                • I was just curious. I got to the point last week where responding to you was taking up too much of my time. I actually have to work occasionally, you see.Just wondered whether you felt the same. But if you want to ask “off topic” questions about my funding over and over, and you think that’s a productive use of your time, who am I to judge?

                • Yeah, right, we all know about your selective curiosity. Now, you couldn’t stay away from here for a week, could you, oh, brave Knight of Hypocrishire?

                • What I believe I said was that I’d be back “next week” though I might be mistaken in my recollection. Don’t worry, won’t be commenting quite so actively, I actually have to work and earn some money!

              • Give humanity a break and cease from posting here. You are a bigoted disgrace.

                Shame on SerJew and everyone who digs his pathetic posts.

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