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Tom and Jewry

You know, trying to take over the world is no Mickey Mouse operation. It is more a Tom and Jerry operation.

Tom and Jerry, the lovable cat and mouse locked in cartoon combat, is a Jewish conspiracy, according to an Iranian official.

Prof. Hasan Bolkhari, a cultural advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry, delivered the news last week on Iran’s Channel 4 during a broadcast of film seminar where he was lecturing. An excerpt of the video was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon,” said Bolkhari. “It is still shown throughout the world. This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse ‚Äì especially the mouse.

“Some say that the main reason for making this very appealing cartoon was to erase a certain derogatory term that was prevalent in Europe.”

According to the professor, “Tom and Jerry” was created to irradicate the association between mice and Jews created in the minds of Europeans by Hitler.

“If you study European history, you will see who was the main power in hoarding money and wealth in the 19th century,” continued Bolkhari. “In most cases, it is the Jews. Perhaps that was one of the reasons which caused Hitler to begin the anti-Semitic trend, and then the extensive propaganda about the crematoria began. … Some of this is true. We do not deny all of it.

“Watch ‘Schindler’s List.’ Every Jew was forced to wear yellow star on his clothing. The Jews were degraded and termed ‘dirty mice.’ ‘Tom and Jerry’ was made in order to change the Europeans’ perception of mice. One of terms used was ‘dirty mice.’

“It should be noted that mice are very cunning … and dirty.”

“Tom and Jerry,” the creation of Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna, was created in 1939, the year World War II began and while the Holocaust was in full force, for the MGM cartoon studios, not Disney. During the next 18 years, Hanna and Barbera created over 200 cartoons featuring Tom and Jerry, earning the pair seven Academy Awards. Today, “Tom and Jerry” is owned by Turner Entertainment.

“If you happen to watch this cartoon tomorrow, bear in mind the points I have just raised,” said Bolkhari, “and watch it from this perspective. The mouse is very clever and smart. Everything he does is so cute. He kicks the poor cat’s a–. Yet this cruelty does not make you despise the mouse. He looks so nice, and he is so clever. … This is exactly why some say it was meant to erase this image of mice from the minds of European children, and to show that the mouse is not dirty and has these traits. Unfortunately, we have many such cases in Hollywood shows.”

Interesting theory, but its got about as many holes as Jerry’s swiss cheese. Here’s one for starters: Walt Disney was certainly not Jewish, and, in fact, was allegedly a rabid anti-Semite.

 

Update: Of course, the more alert of you would have known that Tom and Jerry is not even a Disney cartoon. I put my lapse down to my near brush with death. Now what is your excuse?!

 

Update: Heh (hat tip: Rafael).

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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
Picture of David Lange

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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