Thursday, March 26, 2009

Young Israel's Reaction to Pat Oliphant Cartoon

From Young Israel:

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today strongly condemned an anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. The syndicated cartoon, which was drawn by political cartoonist Pat Oliphant, portrays an image of a headless sword-bearing, goose-stepping person who is pushing a Jewish Star with fangs. The headless figure is chasing a woman holding a child with the word "Gaza" emblazoned on her cloak.

"This highly offensive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel cartoon crosses all boundaries of basic human decency," said NCYI President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky. "By conjuring up Nazi imagery and portraying Israel as a ruthless aggressor who relishes terrorizing innocent civilians, this cartoon perpetuates the dissemination of dangerous propaganda that incites further hatred."

"Mr. Oliphant has deliberately skewed the facts, revised history, and turned a blind eye to the fact that Israel has repeatedly been forced to protect its citizenry from acts of terrorism and martyrdom that have tragically claimed the lives of innocent men, women, and children," added Mostofsky. "Mr. Oliphant's twisted sense of artistic expression is quite repugnant and leaves a lot to be desired."

The National Council of Young Israel called on Mr. Oliphant and Universal Press Syndicate, the entity that distributes Mr. Oliphant's cartoons, to issue public apologies for the distasteful nature of the cartoon. In addition, the National Council of Young Israel urged the media outlets that carry Oliphant's cartoons to remove this particular cartoon from their web sites."

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