Cartoonist Antonio Moreira Antunes Claims Antisemitic Allegations Come From “The Jewish Propaganda Machine”
A few days ago, I wrote how cartoonist Antonio Moreira Antunes, the cartoonist behind that antisemitic cartoon published in the New York Times, denied he was antisemitic. I posited he really is, based on a number of things, including an interview he gave in Portuguese in which he referred to the Jews.
Now we can read exactly what he said. And it is even worse than I imagined.
In an interview with CNN, conducted in Portuguese, Antunes said he was surprised by the outrage. He said he has the “utmost respect” for the Jewish peoples’ past, but said that doesn’t mean they can be “above criticism.”
He claimed that anti-Semitism charges are a misunderstanding “made through the Jewish propaganda machine, which is, anytime there’s criticism it’s because there’s someone anti-Semitic on the other side, and that’s not the case.”
He blamed right-wing figures: “The Jewish right doesn’t want to be criticized, and therefore, when criticized they say ‘We are a persecuted people, we suffered a lot… this is anti-Semitism.'”
“I am not antisemitic and the false claims I am are made by those bloody, lying Jews!”
It seems Antonio Moronio Antisemite has achieved peaked parody with his words, not his cartoons.