Eight frames – all wrong
Editorial cartoonists make great propagandists – for either side. Even though they appear in news media a genuinely neutral cartoonist would probably be dead boring. ‘Crikey’† cartoonist Glenn Le Lievre is far from dead boring but one of his latest cartoons is simply dead wrong.
As a service for Israel advocates Five Minutes for Israel has critiqued this cartoon on the cartoon. Feel free to share when you see the original used against Israel.
To be fair to the artist, anti-Israel propaganda isn’t his forte. On the other hand he was widely and heavily criticised for drawing a hook-nosed, kippah-wearing Jew further identified by a Magen David (Star of David) in a cartoon on the last war in Gaza (2014). The cartoon was considered by many to collectively portray Jews as a group, guilty of acting outside the norms of civilisation and the laws of war, intentionally causing civilian deaths in Gaza.
Many felt the cartoon wouldn’t have been out-of-place in Nazi newspapers ‘Der Stürmer’ or ‘Völkischer Beobachter’.
The current cartoon doesn’t identify anyone as Jews. Indeed it doesn’t even mention Israel by name. Some comments on his Facebook page thought it was a general criticism of colonialism.
What do you think?
†Crikey, a shortened euphemism for Christ the King is a British/Australian slang exclamation of surprise or bewilderment. Crikey, an Australian electronic magazine comprising a website and email newsletter has adopted this Australian-ism.