I’ve just got back to Israel after a week in London. London is still one of the great cities of the world and for a tourist visit it is spectacular. While I was there, however, my social media went crazy with the New York Times publication (in their international edition) of a now notorious Jew hate filed cartoon. I first saw it when my friend, Kay Wilson, tweeted the following tweet (and which Aussie Dave also featured).
Pic 1: The Jew leads Winston Churchill.
Nazi Germany 1940.
— Kay Wilson (@kishkushkay) April 28, 2019
Kay’s tweet has had tens of thousands of “likes” and was re-tweeted by some of the biggest names on Twitter. I believe it was Kay who correctly matched the new cartoon of Netanyahu as a dog leading the blind Trump to a corresponding Nazi cartoon from the 30’s. The Jerusalem Post even spoke to Kay and asked her how she knew to match it to that cartoon: she told them she is a qualified guide at Yad Vashem but yet JPost didn’t credit her.
There’s a bigger issue going on here that ties back to a theme I’ve pushed for years: syndication and news wires.
The New York Times is obviously at fault for having on staff an editor (somewhere in the world) who is either:
- too ignorant to know that cartoon displayed classic themes Jew haters have used for more than a century, or;
- believes Protocols of the Elders of Zion based lies which feature so heavily in far-right and far-left/Islamic Jew hatred.
There is a third problem: this cartoon by this cartoonist is on a syndication list which the New York Times subscribes to. The New York Times pays a fee to be allowed to use any cartoon which the syndication list puts on its wire. That’s how this cartoon came to be used.
Why is this cartoon available for syndication? Who are the editors at the syndication list who believe their customers may want to run this cartoon.
For my own self I’ve become a free speech extremist. I’m not for censorship or for making expressing Jew hating views a crime, a completely idiotic idea being voiced by Israel via Danny Danon at the UN
“Antisemitism should have no place in our society,” he continued. “Until it becomes criminal, this bigotry will persist. It will fester. It is only a matter of time until it erupts again in violence and bloodshed.”
What a lunatic statement. When has criminalizing something ever stopped it? Has criminalizing prostitution ever stopped it? Has criminalizing drugs ever stopped drug taking? Did criminalizing alcohol stop drinking? Did criminalizing dissent against USSR stop dissent? I wish my fellow Jews wouldn’t come up with the belief that more government nonsense like this is the answer to every problem.
Obviously expressing Jew hatred is very different from taking action and attacking Jews. Intending to attack Jews should be met with lethal force: raise your fist to strike a Jew you should be dead before you can bring your fist down.
The weapons we have in a liberal democracy for making the holding of Jew hating views unacceptable is exposure, ostracism and ridicule. The New York Times’s publication of this Jew hatred has revealed to us our media institutions, far from being “run by Jews” as the Jew haters like to think, are infected with a very nasty blindness or support for Jew hatred.
It has been pointed out to me after I published, that the New York Times has reportedly stopped using all syndicated cartoons from anywhere. This obviously means there is something even more deeply broken in the syndication industry than I was aware of.
The New York Times has suspended the publication of all future syndicated political cartoons in its international print edition, the newspaper’s spokeswoman Eileen Murphy confirmed late Monday.