The ADL has issued a statement on yesterday’s cartoon by Pat Oliphant. I think you should see the cartoon and judge for yourself.
Take a good, hard look at the cartoon. It’s a caricature of the Israeli flag. And yet, that doesn’t excuse the offense.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center didn’t like the cartoon, either.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the group founded by a famed Nazi hunter which has more than 400,000 members in the United States, says the cartoon denigrates and demonizes Israel and mimics the Nazi propaganda.
Here’s the thing: The line where criticism of Israel crosses into anti-Semitism is actually pretty clearly drawn in certain instances. Those instances include the use of Nazi imagery to depict the modern Jewish State, which came into being out of the ashes of the Holocaust, and which Holocaust survivors had a major hand in founding. In fact, next to portraying Jews in black hats, curls, and hooked noses, I’d say Nazi imagery is the major sign of anti-Semitic commentary on Israel.
By portraying victims as victimizers, Oliphant is employing the anti-Semitic tactics of a Latuff, who himself uses the same themes that the German propandists used, and who is a vicious anti-Semite only too happy to contribute to Iran’s Holocaust Denial contest.
And now he has devolved into yet another anti-Semitic Israel critic who will tell us, I’m sure, that he’s not anti-Semitic. That this was merely his thoughts on the Gaza war. The goose-stepping Nazi imagery tied to the Star of David? Well, that was artistic license. Don’t be so politically correct. Don’t be so sensitive.
Watch for it.
As for Pat Oliphant: He can kiss my shapely Jew ass.