Blood libel and slander against the Jewish people and the nation of Israel reared its ugly head in Britain last Sunda, when the Rupert Murdoch owned Sunday Timespublished a vile cartoon that portrayed a big nosed, hunchbacked Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu embedding helpless Palestinians in brick wall while using their blood for mortar. At the bottom of the cartoon was the caption “Israeli Elections. Will Cementing Peace Continue,” leaving no doubt about the target of the artist’s attack. Just for good measure, the disgusting cartoon was published on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
After complaints about the cartoon poured in from offended readers, The Sunday Times bragged about their pro-Jewish credentials and tried to support the newspaper’s indefensible decision to publish the cartoon with the following comments:
“It is aimed squarely at Mr. Netanyahu and his policies, not at Israel, let alone at Jewish people. It appears today because Mr. Netanyahu won the Israeli election last week. The Sunday Times condemns anti-Semitism, as is clear in the excellent article in today’s Magazine which exposes the Holocaust-denying tours of concentration camps organised by David Irving.”
Rupert Murdoch, who seems to have abandoned the hands on style of corporate management that made him famous, tweeted his apologies for the cartoon:
“Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.”
However, no amount of apologies will ever explain how any editor at a world famous newspaper could actually display the lack of judgement required to print this filth on the same day the world remembers the death of six million Jews in Adolph Hitler’s concentration camps.
While most of the modern civilized world accepts the reality of the Holocaust, many of the world’s younger citizens remain blissfully unaware that the Jewish people have been slandered and butchered for 1900 years since the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 72 CE. After conquering Israel, the Romans banned Jews from Jerusalem, killed thousands, and enslaved hundreds of thousands. The population of Israel was scattered like dust to the four corners of the earth.
Despite the endless persecution and the tribulations of the Diaspora, the Jewish people never gave up their hopes to return to their homeland of Israel. Against all odds, Jews somehow managed to maintain a sizable continuous population in Israel for the next 1900 years until the nation was re-established in 1948.
Critics of Israel are quick to forget that Jews have been the majority in Jerusalem since the first recorded census in 1851 and long before that according to most historians. It is well past time to put an end to the lies that portray Israeli Jews as invaders with no historical roots in the Middle East who magically parachuted by the millions into Israel in 1948.
Blood Libel, as seen in cartoon in question, has been the source of untold suffering for European Jews over the centuries. They were burned alive or driven into exile over the lie that Jews killed Christian children and used their blood to make Passover Matzoh. Shouts of blood Libel led to terrifying pogroms in most European nations. Under the ruthless authority of the Czar and the Russian Orthodox Church, entire villages were ransacked. Jews abandoned their family homes and literally tried to walk to the borders of Russia in an attempt to escape the bloodshed.
As the Breitbart News website so aptly pointed out, “blood libel against Jews, which incredibly claimed that Jews used the blood of Christians to bake their matzos for Passover, originated in Norwich, England in 1144. This was followed by England forcing the Jews to wear special badges in 1216, forcing Jews to attend conversion sermons in 1278, and being the first European country to expel their Jewish populations in 1290.”
There is a temptation in some quarters to dismiss the cartoon as an aberration or an example of bad taste, but sadly, another incident occurred on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that makes it clear Jews are being singled out for slander in Europe.
Former Prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, showed up at a memorial to Italian victims of the Holocaust on Sunday and stunned the audience when he made an outrageous speech that praised Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini for “having done good.”
“It is difficult now to put oneself in the shoes of who was making decisions back then. Certainly the [Italian government then, fearing that German power would turn into a general victory, preferred to be allied with Hitler’s Germany rather that oppose it.
“Within this alliance came the imposition of the fight against, and extermination of, the Jews. Thus, the racial laws are the worst fault of Mussolini, who, in so many other aspects, did good.”
Everyone has the right to voice their opinion about the situation in the Middle East, but it is important to point out that Prime Minister Netanyahu has never advocated killing Muslims, Palestinians, or Arabs. He has never advocated wiping any Arab Nation off the face of the earth.
However, there are literally thousands of comments and speeches in the world’s media made by Palestinian and Arab leaders and clerics calling for the annihilation of Israel and genocide against every Jew on earth. Even Israel’s so-called partner for peace, Mahmoud Abbas, published a doctoral dissertation denying the Holocaust.
The time has come for the Sunday Times, and all the newspapers that dedicate so much space to attacking Israel every time a Jew builds a house to show the same dedication to providing honest coverage of the relentless Jew hate that pollutes the Arab media.
Europe’s Jews are afraid to walk down the street in most European cities wearing any item of clothing or Jewelry that indicates that they are Jewish. Jewish children were gunned down in Toulouse, France, and Jewish cemeteries throughout Europe are routinely defaced with swastikas and Arabic slogans supporting Palestine and calling for the death of Jews.
Every now and then some well meaning person will quote George Santayana, who wrote in Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Listeners will nod in agreement, or chuckle in disapproval, and promptly continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Last Sunday, history did repeat itself, and The Sunday Times published a horrifying Blood Libel on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is anyone chucking dismissively or doubting the seriousness of this disgusting slander against the Jewish people and the nation of Israel? Perhaps now people will realize why Jews are so fond of saying “Never Again” when referring to the Holocaust.