Jewish Group Denounces Flotilla Cartoons

Published: June 4th 2010
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Anti-Israel cartoon pulished in a Qatar newspaper on June 2nd.

On Friday, the Anti-Defamation League reacted strongly regarding the publication of anti-Israel cartoons seen across the Muslim world.


The ADL called the cartoons “deeply offensive and hateful caricatures of Israelis and Jews,” especially in light of the recent flotilla crisis.


The cartoons, which appeared in Muslim newspapers, used religious imagery to depict Israel as evil and sadistic, even going so far as to compare the Israelis to Nazis.


Abraham H. Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said “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.”


“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.”


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


Some of the caricatures depicted the Jews as sea monsters, octopuses, or other marine life, swallowing up an image of the flotilla in question, which arrived at Gaza’s blockaded shores on May 31st.


Nine individuals aboard the ship lost their lives when they clashed with Israeli forces, who boarded the ship to check for materials other than those used for humanitarian purposes.

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