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By Dan Froomkin  |  March 26, 2009; 9:47 AM ET
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Welcome to 1930's Germany, Washington Post. Your running of Oliphant's Jew-hating comic lends it your tacit support and your editors are responsible for giving it a platform. You should be deeply ashamed, but my guess is that you are not.

Posted by: kpeel | March 26, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the 21st century. Danish papers run cartoons mocking Islam's Prophet Mohammed and when Muslims flip out, The Israel Lobby screeches "freedom of speech!" American papers run a cartoon incisively summing up the Israeli blitzkrieg on Gazauschwitz and The Israel Lobby flips out and demands Third Reich-style censorship.

The Israel Lobby should be deeply ashamed, but they have no shame. Their blood lust from lynching Chas. Freeman is still raging.

If you support suppressing this cartoon, you must support suppressing the Danish cartoons. If not, you're a flip-flopping moral relativist. Or you're Holocaust-denier Abe Foxman.

Posted by: Garak | March 26, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I see the moral equivalence between the responses to the Danish cartoons and Oliphant's.

In response to the Danish cartoons the Muslims rioted, killed people who were involved in perceived anti Muslim writings, cartoons or movies, and forced governments to change laws to appease the rioters.

Jews write letters.

But that's consistent with the ridiculous moral equivalence of the Hamas terrorist attacks and the Israeli self defense.

Hamas kills, maim and rape women as part of their law.
Women have rights in Israel. Arabs have rights in Israel.

Only the terrorists that attack Israel are targeted by Israel.

I await Hamas being convicted of human rights violations for using human shields for their rocket attacks against Israel.

If Hamas lays down their weapons there is peace. If Israel lays down their weapons there is genocide.

Moral equivalence indeed.

Posted by: jay22 | March 26, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oliphant is the greatest living cartoonist in America.

Not only is he an absolutely superb draftsman, he also has a brilliant visual imagination. His images are original and incisive.

He is also an equal-opportunity political and social critic. If you're in the news, Oliphant has probably skewered you at some point.

Posted by: herzliebster | March 26, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Let me try to understand the criticism directed at this pointed, political cartoon.

If you criticize the Republic of Ireland you are automatically anti-Catholic, right? If you criticize Japan are you obviously anti-Shinto and racist, is that correct? And if you criticize the State of Israel you are de facto an anti-Semite and potentially a Nazi, nicht war? Is that what these anti-Oliphant cartoon people are implying?

Frankly, I think the American people are sick and tired of the constant whining and lying that comes from pro-Israel lobbying groups such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and from hate-mongers such as Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman, the Jewish radical community's equivalent of Rush Limbaugh. Foxman is a man who seems to regard every gentile as a potential Nazi. He and Limbaugh ought to go into business together. There are definitely hate-mongers about; some wrap themselves in American flags, while others are content just to wear their yarmulkas.

Posted by: postman2 | March 27, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse

The state of Israel is fair game for criticism as is anyone else.

And you may think that comparing the state of Israel to jack booted Nazi stormtroopers is fair criticism.

But this image is clearly an example of antisemitism - and a ridiculous comparison.

And it is shameful and scary that it gets printed in a mainstream newspaper.

But I'm sure the Oliphant supporters were equally supportive of the Obama/gorilla cartoon as a pointed political cartoon.

At least a more accurate image would be for the Israeli soldier to be chasing the Hamas soldier with the Hamas soldier using the Gaza child as a shield.

Posted by: jay22 | March 27, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

In my opinion, Pat Oliphant's cartoon is entirely legitimate and is in no way bigoted. The attempt to tar Mr. Oliphant with anti-semitism is a form of red-baiting, a la the McCarthy era. Red-baiting works at first, but eventually people get wise to it, they way they got wise to Senator Jo McCarthy. The recent Dec 2008 attacks on Gaza by the Israeli government constitute war crimes; this appears to be an increasingly well documented fact. If the Israeli govt. and its supporters do not want their actions to be conflated with Nazi atrocities they need to adhere to the Geneva conventions and stop implementing Nazi-like military campaigns. Someday, Americans will stop being intimidated by this form of red-baiting and Israel will be held accountable. But dont hold your breath.

Posted by: SamClarkJr | March 28, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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