Archive for June 5th, 2010

Newspaper cartoon that’s offending the Israelis

5 June 2010

After a cartoon on the racist attacks on Indians got under the skin of Australia, Mail Today asked the Aussies whether they had lost their sense of humour.

Now, with Israel wailing about the paper’s depiction of the murderous commando action on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, surely the paper is entitled to ask if the Israelis have lost their sense of balance?

In the memorable words of Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

“You [Israel] killed 19-year-old Furkan Dogan [a US citizen of Turkish origin who was in the convoy] brutally. Which faith, which holy book can be an excuse for killing him?

“The sixth commandment says “thou shalt not kill”. Did you not understand? I’ll say again. I say in English “you shall not kill”. Did you still not understand? So I’ll say to you in your own language. I say in Hebrew ‘Lo Tirtzakh’.”

Or is Israel’s sense of victimhood a licence to act against the sixth commandment for eternity?

Also read: The Indian cartoon that’s offending Australians

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