Another Offensive Cartoon

You may recall the anti-Semitic Auth cartoon that reared its ugly head a few weeks ago, and was subsequently found to bear an uncanny similarity to a Nazi cartoon. Today, I found the following cartoon by Moir in the Sydney Morning Herald, which makes no attempt to hide its nazi imagery.

The cartoon has already generated a number of letters of complaint, including the following:

Moir’s cartoon helped me recall the many terrorist attacks carried out by Poland’s Jews against the rest of the Polish population. It is odd that I had so completely forgotten the purpose of the Warsaw ghetto.

What connection does your cartoonist see between the security fence, incorrectly drawn as a wall even though it is 90 per cent wire fence, and the wall around the Warsaw ghetto?

The fence is being built to stop the killing of innocents while the ghetto wall was both erected (1940) and eventually torn down (1943) to simplify the killing of innocents. The only similarity I can see is that in both cases the innocent lives at risk are Jewish.

If Palestinians didn’t invent the strategy of blowing themselves up in pizza parlours and schoolbuses there would be no need for a security fence.

Understanding the complex nature of what is happening in the Middle East is not assisted by inaccurate eye-catching hyperbole. Is the cartoon offensive to me and those in my family who suffered and died in the Holocaust? Damn right it is.

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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