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    • Bob Friedland
    • 28.01.13 | 18:20 (IST)

    Let’s see. A big-nosed Jew. Blood. Mortaring bricks with the lives of innocent non-Jews. Using, not an actual mason’s spade, but some sort of long ritual knife. And this is not anti-Semitic because….? Well, it is anti-Semitic. It is clearly and unequivocally anti-Semitic incorporating blood libel, ritual slaughter, and stereotypical images of long-nosed Jews. But if we take Scarfe and the Sunday Times at face value, neither knew why these images were anti-Semitic. This leads to the conclusion that there is a subterranean well-spring of visceral, atavistic, anti-Semitism in Scarfe, the Times, and others that enables them to spew the most ugly forms of genocidal anti-Semitism. These images, and Scarfe’s cartoon, are tragically evocative of those published by Julius Streicher in Der Sturmer. Streicher, I remind you, was tried at Nuremberg and executed as a war criminal for his role in the Holocaust. Scarfe subsequently apologized for publishing the cartoon on Holocaust Remembrance Day. By what tortured reasoning would this anti-Semitic cartoon be wrong on Holocaust Remembrance Day and just fine on the other 364 days of the year?

    from the article: Four reasons why U.K. cartoon of Netanyahu isn't anti-Semitic in any way
    First published 15:48 28.01.13 | Last updated 15:48 28.01.13
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