The above is a cartoon by Pat Oliphant that is currently running in some of America’s most popular newspapers. The cartoon portrays a headless, jack-booted figure marching in a goose step with a sword in one hand and pushing a Star of David on a wheel with the other. The Jewish Star has fangs and is chasing after a woman carrying a child, labeled “Gaza.”
Pat Oliphant’s use of the Star of David in combination with Nazi-like imagery is hideously anti-Semitic. It falsely employs Nazi imagery to portray Israel as a jack-booted, goose-stepping headless apparition, and goes beyond-the-pale of “dissent” and regular ‘criticism”
Welcome to the United States 2009! You aren’t reading about these widespread and mainstream anti-Semitic incidents in a history book regarding Germany…this is your world, and it is taking place now! I wouldn’t be shocked if we soon hear of “Palestine”-American Solidarity rallies that fill Madison Square Garden! One would expect this type of disgraceful cartoon from an insignificant Neo-Nazi publication, or something similar, but in today’s America it is run widely in the New York Times and The Washington Post, among others.
DON’T JUST SIT THERE….DO SOMETHING!
~Contact Universal Press Syndicate, which runs Oliphant’s cartoons:
Lee Salem, President and Editor, Universal Press Syndicate, 1130 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64106-2109 816-581-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org.
~Contact The New York Times.
~Contact The Washington Post
~Contact Yahoo News.
**However, remember that you will get more with honey than vinegar! Let them know you are angry, but be polite about it. It is also important that you make it clear that your are upset, not because they criticized Israel, but because this cartoon was grossly flawed, offensive, not factually based, etc., by presenting Israel as Nazis. The cartoon doesn’t reflect the truth that Israel strained to protect civilian life in Gaza, nor the true war crimes committed (practically daily) by Hamas – such as targeting civilians and their use of human shields.
Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs adds that Cafepress Store is selling a pin reading: “it was wrong in Auschwitz, it is wrong in Gaza”. I am told that Cafepress is actually pretty specific about what they allow people to sell on their site. Thus, they either don’t know about this, or find the message acceptable. I hope that it is the former and not that this is just another step towards normalizing blatant anti-semitism.
Atlas Shrugs suggests that you contact Cafepress, and let them know how you feel about their selling that offensive product.
You can get more of their contact info, see a picture of the button, and learn more about the story at Atlas Shrugs.