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The New York Times and the European vogue for anti-Semitic cartoons

The New York Times and the European vogue for anti-Semitic cartoons

For decades European anti-Semitic cartoons have won international prizes^tfw

When the international version of the NY Times decided to publish an anti-Semitic cartoon by the Portuguese cartoonist Antonio Moreira Antunes, it was just following a long-established European post-WWII tradition. Antunes has been in the anti-Semitic image business for decades, and won an award in 1983 for his appropriation of a Warsaw ghetto photo, changing the victim of Nazis into a Palestinian victim of Israeli Jews. For this, Antunes received the top prize at the 20th International Salon of Cartoons in Montreal.

So that’s the identity and history of the cartoonist who drew the more recent cartoon with Trump as a blind Jew being led by the dachshund Jew Netanyahu. So far, though, the Times hasn’t seen fit to name the person or persons who decided to publish the Trump/Netanyahu cartoon in their paper. But my guess is that this person or people who made the call is/are European as well—or, if American, has/have lived a long time abroad.

To Europeans, that cartoon would likely be considered ho-hum, just business as usual—or maybe even worthy of a prize or two. They have lost the ability to see what the cartoon looks like to others because they are so used to what’s being expressed here that it’s become mainstream.

It’s not as though any of this is new in Europe, although it may be somewhat new for the NY Times (even the international version) to publish this sort of thing. Prior to doing the research for this post, I had never heard of Antunes’ reworking of the Warsaw ghetto image. But for me, that blind-Trump/dachshund-Netanyahu cartoon had already conjured up the memory of another cartoon, one that had appeared in the British newspaper The Independent and was drawn by the British political cartoonist Dave Brown.

It was early in 2003, during the Second Intifada, when Palestinians had been deliberately targeting and blowing up Israelis civilians (including Israeli children) at a rapid clip for three years. The wall had been started but was far from completion at the time the cartoon was published (January of 2003). One would think that if anyone was going to be depicted as deliberate and ghoulish child killers it would be the Palestinians, who not only supported suicide bombers who murdered children but who purposely used their own children as sacrifices, putting them in harm’s way (see also this) to make it more likely that defensive retaliatory measures by the Israelis would result in the inadvertent death of Palestinian children.

But ghoulish Palestinians wasn’t the image Brown was after (and here the reference is to the famous Goya painting “Saturn Devouring His Son“):

See? Ariel Sharon is naked, except for that little Likud rosette instead of a fig leaf. Not a kippah or a Jewish star in sight. So that makes the blood libel perfectly okay, apparently. In fact, the cartoon was so highly thought of that it was awarded the 2003 first prize by the British Political Cartoon Society. In his acceptance speech, “Brown thanked the Israeli Embassy for its angry reaction to the cartoon, which he said had contributed greatly to its publicity.”

If you think about it, it’s a wonder that the international NY Times took so long to get with the program.

[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]


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LukeHandCool | April 30, 2019 at 7:59 pm

I guess the world just loves an underdog.

A violent, self-pitying, unsuccessful, self-destructive, medieval, suicidal, death-cult underdog vs. Israel.

    LukeHandCool in reply to LukeHandCool. | April 30, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    And, yes, I know there are good and noble Palestinians in this world. I’m talking about the murderers and their supporters and enablers, whatever that not inconsequential percentage may be.

      puhiawa in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 2, 2019 at 2:58 am

      Actually, not too many. Mostly they are terrorist loving perverts who do not understand bathing, education, equal rights, freedom of speech or religion or anything else after the 7th century. Hey….but who am I to judge.

JusticeDelivered | April 30, 2019 at 8:33 pm

I have never met a palestinian who understood the value of Jews and their culture to the rest of humanity, they always seem to be savoring their hatred. I am not saying there are no exceptions, just that in my experience they are rare.

    I have never met a Jew who understood the value of Palestinias and their culture to the rest of humanity, they always seem to be savoring their hatred. I am not saying there are no exceptions, just that in my experience they are rare.

      Milhouse in reply to tz. | April 30, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      So tell us, what exactly is this alleged “value of Palestinias and their culture to the rest of humanity” that you think we should understand? Because you can count me among the Jews who don’t understand it, and I consider myself both fair-minded and intelligent enough that if it were anything obvious I would know about it, even if I didn’t agree with it.

      Barry in reply to tz. | April 30, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      “…the value of Palestinias and their culture…”

      Since you cannot or will not state what that value is, let me help you –

      Their value is to justify the hatred expressed toward the Jew by those who wish to keep their hatred hidden.

      Their value is as murderers who wish to see all Jews dead. After the Jews they will come for the Christians.

Notice the similarities in the “cartoons”. Churchill being led around like Trump. Nazi’s never change do they? nyt is fake news.

A surprise was the appearance of Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who had been visiting the Jewish Museum with his wife and learnt of the rally at the New York Times.

The famed lawyer noted that he is a Democrat but that the publication of such Der Sturmer-like derogations of Pres. Trump and Jewish politicians such as Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel and a close ally of the current administration, must not stand.

Such cartoons figured prominently in the run-up to the Holocaust,

we are reminded, and helped to pave the way for the catastrophic black mark against Europe, the German people, and Hitler, of the Jewish people,

more than 6 million of whom were slaughtered with barely a headline in the N.Y. Times, which spared a meager 28 headlined front pages

during the entirety of the years-long Holocaust in Europe, the Far East, and Northern Africa.

It’s over. We are at war. And the NY Times is on the side of the enemy, no less than al jazeer, pravda, der sturmer or tokyo rose ever was.