June 4th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Jewish group denounces cartoons inspired by Gaza flotilla incident

The Anti-Defamation League lashed out Friday against what it called “deeply offensive and hateful caricatures of Israelis and Jews” drawn by cartoonists across the Muslim world in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident that left nine dead.

The cartoons, which appeared in newspapers, use religious imagery to depict Israel as satanic, blood-thirsty and even compares it to the Nazis.

“The hatred for Israel and Jews has been unleashed once again, and some editorial cartoonists in the Arab world are turning the flotilla incident into a cause célèbre and an opportunity to attack the Jewish state and people,” said Abraham H. Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League.

“What we are seeing across the Arab world is an acceptance, even an obsession with deeply offensive and hateful caricatures of Israelis and Jews,” Foxman said in a statement. “The cartoonists are fanning the flames of hatred across the region.”

The ADL said the cartoons were published by newspapers in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The cartoons were prompted by an Israeli raid Monday on a flotilla carrying aid for Palestinians living in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Violence erupted on one of the ships, leading to the deaths of nine Turkish citizens.

In the days following the flotilla incident, newspapers across the Arab and Muslim world have featured anti-Israel and anti-Semitic themes by depicting Jews and Israelis as blood-thirsty monsters, or as sharks, octopuses and other marine wildlife swallowing up or crushing the flotilla ships.

Should the cartoons have been published? See a compilation on the ADL’s site.

- Moni Basu

Filed under: Islam • Israel • Judaism

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Josseling

    What was with the HORRIBLE Impact Wrestling banner smpnmiag during this? And then the separate view just to see them commentating?? Wow lol..Impact wrestling looking GREAT so far =/

    May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  2. Eric

    Typical what did Jesus say about these perverters of the law. Strain at a nat and swallow a camel. Here they murdered in cold blood shooting many of innocent victims multiple times in the face, civilians armed with chairs against automatic weapons. And they have the nerve to say. Those bad jew haters are making fun of me with cartoons. Foxman is himself a cartoon a 2 dimensional character who thinks that anti-semitism just appears out of thin air. Its actually the natural reaction of anyone who finally understands what these criminals are doing. The ADL is nothing but a hit squad for the criminals that run Israel and our media, and international banking. They don't want a free press that's why they own every major newspaper in the U.S. Just try get something published about the AIPAC or the fact that 2% of America (the Jews) account for 50% of Democratic political contributions and 25% of Republican contributions.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:33 am |
  3. robert hand

    I'd love to see what they complain of?!
    It takes remarkably little for the infamous ADL to be offended so I've no great expectations that the cartoons were that great! Should I expect an image-loving-mussad visit now for mentioning ADL and offence in one sentence? Will my having CCTV attract them?!

    June 16, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  4. Valeriana

    What about that “deeply offensive and hateful" video chanting "We con the World" that the Israelies did mocking the flotilla just after they attacked it?

    June 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  5. Gaza Boy

    “The hatred for Israel and Jews has been unleashed....etc, etc." says the ADL. Since when:

    1- Israel = Jews?
    2- ADL = arbitrer of morality and aesthetics?

    June 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  6. commonsense

    at least we jews don't try to kill people when someone makes a cartoon of us or our beliefs.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:51 am |
  7. greenie

    several of the protesters appear to have been shot in the head from close range, but i believe they may have been anti semitic, so thats all right.

    June 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  8. Abd al-Latif

    Once again, the right to free speech and freedom of expression is suspended when it comes to criticism of a certain Semitic ethnic group. Helen Thomas sure found that out, didn't she.

    June 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  9. Reality

    One more time in short form:. Angels are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations to explain natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No angels ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. .

    June 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
    • Abd al-Latif

      How can you be sure about that?

      June 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
    • Reality

      Common sense.!!!

      Angels are in the realm of fairies, tinkerbells, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. And to impose illiteracy on Mohammed to make the Gabriel "revelations" work "takes the cake" in religions' myths of resurrections, ascensions and water to wine "miracles". We have a free five point program for "deflawing" Islam if you are interested.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  10. Reality

    "They all preach forgiveness, etc. The one difference between the three of them is that the Quraan was not composed by man. Sure the physical words written on the physical pages are written by the hand of a human, but the words, the meanings themselves are transcribed from God, through the Arch-Angel Gabriel, to the prophet Muhammad (who I might add again, that he could not read or write, which would make it impossible for him to have written it). "

    Why is this statement allowed but a rebuttal is not???

    June 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  11. Reality

    Turkey is a candidate country. Had a more detailed review but for some reason it failed the monitor's ruled whatever they might be.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    Hmm, Reality, you do have a point there on your last post. As for Turkey being a member of the EU, they are not an official member, as you say, but they are an associate member of the EU. I guess thats just a technicality.

    Eric G, You are somewhat correct in your statement. If religion was taken out of the picture, all it would be is a fight over the land, which is exactly what it is. Also, Im not believing what the Bible says as truth flat out, I take certain parts, and see the correlation with all the other books. What makes sense stays, and what doesnt goes. Somethings just dont make sense, and therefore are deemed not truthful. Others make more sense. If you dont believe in Religion, then you arent going to believe anything thats in those books, truth or not. Back to the Land issue:

    What originally happened is that the English (British Empire) came in and divided Jordan into three countries: The Kingdom of Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Then the Zionists came in and took control of Israel which started the war in the Middle East. The area the Palestinians are fighting for was originally all in Jordan, but if one man loses his farm, and then loses his family while they are fighting for their land, what do you expect him to do? He wont surrender; he will continue to fight. And theres thousands of stories just like that, in most cases worse. On the other hand, the belief that God does or does not exist isnt up to you to say it is so. Thats besides the point. If God would have wanted to intervene he would have done so. Also since he knows the future, the past and the present, you really cant comprehend what his whole plan is. Maybe this is part of the grand plan. You cant comprehend it, so its best that religion be taken out of the equation entirely, and treat it as the land itself, but when it comes to places the three religions agree are holy sites, then the situation can no longer be handled as a land issue.

    Jim, I dont condone the killing thats going on in Palestine. I support the humanitarian aid that is going to Palestine. I think the Israelis should be helping the Palestinians instead of treating them like this. How can they possibly stop the humanitarian aid ships, and then tell the Palestinians that they are willing to deliver the aid by truck? What makes anyone believe that they are honest? What if they poisoned all the food, and toyed around with the supplies? The Palestinians cant trust the Israelis because they are the enemy. If the Israelis wanted the peace in the region, and to stop all the rocket attacks, etc, they would escort the humanitarian aid ships to Gaza, instead of offloading the ships at one of their ports AND treating the aid workers (who are civilians) like criminals.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
    • Reality

      Uncle Same, there are no associate members in the EU.

      June 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Reality

    Uncle Sam, You asked " Where does this come from?"

    North Korea, Iraq and Iran were identified as Axes of Evil not because of 9/11 but because their continuous support of terrrorist and human rights violations both in their own countries but also abroad. It was obvious from 9/11 that the US needed to identify all countries who might pose another threat to our country. Considering the recent history of these three countries, singling out these three countries was correct thing to do.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
    • Abd al-Latif

      This is sheer hypocrisy...just look at the blood-drenched history of Israel and especially of the U.S. Americans INVENTED ethnic cleansing (remember the Native Americans?) and since then has sponsored it around the world.

      June 8, 2010 at 9:57 am |
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