The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Copper, declared the cartoon was “so virulently ant-Semitic it would make Hitler and Himmler weep tears of joy.”
Recently, a leading Norwegian daily published one of the worst anti-Jewish caricatures, depicting Jews torturing a baby during a circumcision and Rabbi Cooper was referring to that travesty.
.For those who tend to forget or make little of current anti-Jewish manifestations, here is a reminder: The caricature appeared in the Dagbladet newspaper and showed police officers looking on as a bearded man wearing a black hat sticks a three-pronged pitchfork into the head of a blood-soaked baby while holding a book. Another person cuts off the baby’s foot with a bolt cutter as a woman in a long-sleeved shirt and hat shows the officers another blood-spattered book and tells them: “Abuse? No, this tradition is central to our belief.” The police officers apologize “for interrupting.”
Western cartoonists, who belong to Europe’s intelligentzia, daily depict the Jews as possessing the bestial characteristics of creatures such as spiders, octopi and blood-thirsty vampires.
A recent Sunday Times cartoon depicted Israeli lsing blood-red mortar. And The Independent printed a Dave Brown cartoon showing Ariel Sharon as a child-eater (note: the cartoon won the Political Cartoon Society’s award for best drawing for 2003!), in a pastiche of Goya’s painting “Saturn Devouring His Children”.
On April 20, 2013, an anti-Semitic political cartoon was published by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, in which Israel and North Korea are compared regarding their possession of nuclear weapons. The Israeli is characterized by a hassidic Jew complete with crooked nose, long beard and long black clothes, as in the works of Julius Streicher in the anti-Semitic publication Der Sturmer.
The cartoonist Carlos Latuff was listed by Simon Wiesenthal Center as No. 3 in its 2012 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs for a cartoon showing Netanyahu profiting politically by squeezing votes out of the body of a dead Arab child in Gaza.
On December 30th, 2008, El País published a cartoon perverting the Jewish concept of chosenness to ascribe viciousness to all Jews, whether in Israel or in Spain.
Our chattering classes rightly invoke the anti-Semitic imagery that can be found in the Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and contemporary Islamic media as examples of horrible intolerance. But our Western press is producing the same, cannibalistic incitement to hatred by depicting the Jews as naked, rapacious monsters eating babies. The large ears, the exaggerated shaped nose, the dark arched brow, the sneering expression, a large lower lip, a menacing glance, all of these features are intended to create again a demonic caricature of the Jewish people.
This is a recrudescence of ancient thought psychosis and pathologies in the form of the New Statesman’s “Kosher conspiracy” and the Guardian’s Europe dominated by a Star of David and a pustuled Jewish fist smashing in a child’s head.
These cartoons have a diabolical goal: accusing the Jews of atrocities of which they are not only innocent, but of which they are in fact the real victims. Like in January 1953, when the Soviet Pravda, the official Communist newspaper, ran a front page with the headline “The Murderers in White Coats”, claiming that leading Soviet Jewish doctors were engaged in a conspiracy to poison the leadership of the Communist Party. The Nazis also used such dehumanization techniques to lay the groundwork for the extermination of those labelled “pests”, the Jews.
The new cartoonized and monomaniacal demonization of Israelis, which include accusations of deicide and infanticide, has the same goal. It means that it is impossible to make “peace” with a monster depicted as a Star of David used as knuckle dusters on a bloody fist to punch a young Palestinian boy.
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.