HRC Denounces YU Free Press’ Publication of ‘Anti-Semitic’ Cartoons
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Toronto, April 19, 2009…
HonestReporting Canada (HRC) denounced cartoons printed in the YU Free Press, York University’s “alternative” campus newspaper this month as “grossly anti-Semitic” because of their portrayal of Israel using Nazi-like imagery, while urging York administrators to carry out a formal investigation and to remove this newspaper from the school’s grounds.
Created by anti-Israel cartoonist Carlos Latuff, the odious cartoons were appended to a Q & A between Latuff and YUFP’s Ali Mustafa who described having the “privilege of meeting” Latuff in person, while mentioning that his views were “very provocative.” The first cartoon portrays menacing S.S. troopers summarily executing innocent Palestinians in open-air graves marked “Gaza,” all while figures symbolizing the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the world stand idly by. The second cartoon depicts an emaciated Palestinian dressed in a pinstriped uniform similar to those warn during the Holocaust, lying on the ground next to Israel’s security barrier which eerily looks like the barbed wire fence of a concentration camp. The dangerous implication promoted by these cartoons is of an Israeli policy to perpetrate a Holocaust against the Palestinians.
Mike Fegelman, HRC Executive Director, issued the following statement:
“Carlos Latuff’s use of Nazi-like imagery to portray Israel’s defensive military operations against Hamas in Gaza are grossly anti-Semitic. Comparing Israeli policy and actions to that of the Nazis fits the European Union’s and U.S. State Department’s working definition of anti-Semitism. The cartoons mirror classic anti-Semitic propaganda of 1930’s Nazi Germany which encouraged millions to hate, helping to lay the foundation for the Nazi genocide.
The publication of these cartoons by the YUPF, a newspaper available to over 50,000 plus students at York should be of great concern to the student populace, faculty, administrators, and to the community at large. For a newspaper which claims to not print “materials deemed libelous or discriminatory,” the YUPF’s publication of Latuff’s acid anti-Semitic brush has disseminated his hateful message to potentially tens of thousands of people.”
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