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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

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I'll declare my bias first up. Whilst I am a fifth generation Australian I have been and always will be a supporter of Israel the only truly democratic country in the cesspit known as the Middle East. I have never been there and probably never will unlike some of my family forebears who fought in the Desert War 1916 - 1918.

To the point in question:-

It plays to the very heart of the old anti-Semitic belief that Jews secretly pull the strings of everything of importance in world affairs

If this is true I want to know why I am missing out on my share.

The cartoon is disgusting however the up side of it is that it helps identify enemies of my co-religionists no matter how they proclaim they are not really against Jews just against Israel.

AussieD, the broadcast networks here have scarcely mentioned this "cartoon". The "Corbynization" of the Western Left and the Democrat Party has happened slowly and then suddenly.

Apparently, Corbyn is interested in the rights for that cartoon, as he thinks it will make a good logo for the Labour Party.

Aussie D:

"I have been and always will be a supporter of Israel the only truly democratic country in the cesspit known as the Middle East. I have never been there and probably never will..."

I'm a non-Jew who lived in Israel and travelled a bit there in the early 1980s. As far as I am concerned, you are absolutely right. It is a bastion against madness. I don't really care whether Jeremy Corbyn and the UK Labour leadership are technically "anti semites". The mere fact that they are anti-Israel is evidence of their stupidity and criminality.

Hear, hear y'all.

SoD

Trump's taking Bibi for a walk on a sunny day. What's wrong with that?

Just imagine a cartoon of the Iran supreme leader taking Obama for a walk. Of course, it wouldn't be a dog and it would have to be black.

Or...https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14165/what-if-the-new-york-times-cartoon-had-depicted

Mind you, I suppose we all argued that Charlie Hebro's picture of the Prophet Mo with a bomb in his hat was acceptable: claims of offence trumped by freedom of expression, etc.?

To be honest, organized religion, politics, identity politics (race, class, whatever), are all worthy of taking the piss. Being picky is hypocritical.

I knew I was doing something dumb when I found myself agreeing with you lot. Should've kept schtum while I thought it through.

So, I've changed my mind: Jews, Christians, Muslims, are all fair game. You who organize yourselves into powerbases to claim offence so I can't mock you can go duck yourselves.

Jeez, you'll be banning The Life of Brian next (oh, I forgot, you already did).

SoD

Spot on, Aussie D.

SoD I am not suggesting they have no right to publish the cartoon. Quite the contrary. The publishers are exercising their right to freedom of speech and I defend their right to do so.

From my point of view the cartoon is disgusting and inaccurate in its assertion but useful in identifying the beliefs of those who have published it. Knowing who your enemy is is always handy.

"So, I've changed my mind: Jews, Christians, Muslims, are all fair game"

If only this was so!

SoD, a back track like that can give you whip lash. I doubt mass murder of Liberal cartoonists will take place.

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