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Is Israeli PM Netanyahu using CGI cartoon as excuse to bomb a Gaza hospital?

Benjamin Netanyahu: is he now using a computer-generated cartoon to justify attacking a hospital?

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has decided that a hospital in Gaza is built over a Hamas base – and has posted “proof” consisting of a computer-generated cartoon animation.

Here it is:

If you can see anything in this CGI cartoon that actually proves Hamas has a base under a hospital, please comment, indicating where it is – because This Writer can’t find it!

Apparently the complex in question is Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, currently said to be sheltering 12,000 people – all of whom may now be considered targets of the Israeli government and military.

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Netanyahu has rightly come under considerable criticism for this – or, indeed, ridicule:

Some have taken this as a tacit admission that Israel did indeed bomb the Al Ahli Hospital – and some are also pointing out that they predicted Israel would use a claim of Hamas bases under hospitals to justify bombing more:

It is ironic that Netanyahu is claiming that Hamas are sick, on the basis of a cartoon that has no apparent evidential base.

Depending on what happens to Al-Shifa Hospital, we can all decide who is sick in this context.


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Right-wing news channel falsely accuses Jewish cartoonist of making anti-Semitic cartoon

Michael Rosen: He’s Jewish but has previously been accused of anti-Semitism over his support for Jeremy Corbyn. Now he has been accused of anti-Semitism on an entirely false premise.

We seem to be living in an age of accusing Jewish people of being anti-Semitic.

It’s utter insanity – this time perpetrated by right-wing current affairs channel GB News against Jewish poet and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

It seems GB News presenter Katherine Forster accidentally attributed a cartoon in The Guardian to Mr Rosen, when it was actually by Martin Rowson.

Unfortunately for all concerned, this particular cartoon featured a depiction of recently-resigned BBC Chairman Richard Sharp – who is Jewish – with a box marked Goldman Sachs, where he used to work, that contained what appeared to be a puppet of the current prime minister Rishi Sunak, an animal that looks like a squid and a CV – while Boris Johnson, on a high pile of an unidentifiable substance (the Independent seems to have reckoned money) calls out encouragingly to him.

The cartoon has been described as having “antisemitic imagery” such as “outsized, grotesque features” alongside “money and power”.

Mr Rowson has apologised profusely for the image, as reported in The Independent:

“Satirists, even though largely licenced to speak the unspeakable in liberal democracies, are no more immune to f****** things up than anyone else, which is what I did here.

“I know Richard Sharp is Jewish; actually, while we’re collecting networks of cronyism, I was at school with him, though I doubt he remembers me.

“His Jewishness never crossed my mind as I drew him as it’s wholly irrelevant to the story or his actions, and it played no conscious role in how I twisted his features according to the standard cartooning playbook.”

The Guardian has also published an apology on Twitter:

And the cartoon has indeed been removed.

GB News seems to have been more reticent about apologising for its own transgression.

Mr Rosen contacted the channel – via Twitter – at 4pm on Saturday, and requested a response detailing what it proposed to do about the error:

He repeated his request almost a quarter of an hour later:

From the tweet that follows, it seems GB News deleted its tweeted clip showing discussion of the cartoon, but not before it had been viewed 79,000 times.

At around 5pm, Ms Forster tweeted an apology to Mr Rosen and said the tweet had been removed. He responded with gratitude for her words, and with a statement crystallising his own view – that GB News should broadcast a correction along with its own apology:

He had already requested a correction by the time he had responded to Ms Forster:

By now, his supporters were making suggestions of their own. Mr Rosen, in the spirit of fairness, said he was waiting for GB News to respond:

Then he even put up a suggested wording:

That was at 5.36pm, Saturday, April 29. I’ve seen no apology/correction from GB News – although it has published a story about The Guardian‘s apology for the cartoon.

That piece does not mention or apologise for the broadcast comments about Martin Rowson.

This Site has contacted GB News to find out what the channel intends to do – if anything.

If no apology is forthcoming, it will be up to Mr Rosen to decide whether to take the matter further.


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While Starmer bends backwards for right-wing Jewish groups, the Tories are making anti-Semitic jokes

Gross anti-Semitism: but because it was commissioned by a Conservative, it gets a free pass from the right-wing Jewish establishment.

Reality check, people.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has humiliatingly genuflected before leaders of right-wing Jewish groups that support the Israeli government, promising to enact all their demands to turn him into their sockpuppet, in a video conference.

In response, he was told he has done more in four days of leadership than former leader Jeremy Corbyn had managed in four years (even though he hasn’t actually done anything yet).

The leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement managed to conveniently forget that Starmer has appointed a supporter of a genuine anti-Semite into his shadow cabinet (Rachel Reeves).

It all keeps the focus on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, you see.

Meanwhile, Tory George Osborne, who now edits the Evening Standard, has commissioned and published a genuinely anti-Semitic cartoon – and nobody in the organisations mentioned above has had anything to say about it.

And the silence in the mass media has been deafening too.

The cartoon shows Starmer welcoming Ed Miliband back into the shadow cabinet. Miliband is portrayed with a hook nose (that he hasn’t got), holding a bacon sandwich dripping with a red substance that could be ketchup, but may more likely be representative of blood (some have seen this to be indicative of the “blood libel” anti-Semitic trope.

Osborne is proud of it:

Martin Odoni in The Critique Archives has been less than silent.

He wrote: “Come on, BoD, come on, David Collier, come on, Jonathan Hoffman, and all you other self-righteous Zionist squealers cheaply using Jewish identity as a cover story for Israeli political gain. We know that the Evening Standard is a Tory newspaper, and therefore an ally of yours. But if you ever want to retain the slightest remnant of credibility, you need to protest this more loudly than any deed by anyone you have attacked in the Labour Party over the last five years.

“Because unlike almost all of the deeds you have attacked, this is absolutely explicit. It is an outrageous racial caricature, by the very standards you have insisted on imposing. You cannot apply them selectively.”

He’s not alone:

(The mural reference refers to a piece of work that Jeremy Corbyn once defended, before seeing it. After seeing it, he retracted his comment. Some of the saga is recounted here.)

We’ll be waiting a long time for the Bod, JLC, JLM, CST and all the named champions of the fight against (Labour)(alleged) anti-Semitism to say anything, I reckon!

But what do you think?

Source: George Osborne publishes and promotes anti-Semitic cartoon. Deathly silence from BoD and the media | TheCritique Archives

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Dutch cartoonists can see what’s happening to the UK – even if our citizens can’t

This cartoon in Dutch newspaper Volksrant doesn’t pull its punches.

It shows Boris Johnson, his back to us, raping – that’s right, raping – the UK, while others including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Dominic Cummings and Nigel Farage wait their turn to do the same. The other one may be Michael Gove, according to a commenter to This Site.

Meanwhile a representative of the BBC – who looks uncannily like the granny from the old Times ‘Giles’ cartoons, tells members of the public: “Move along now. Nothing to see here.”

The situation it depicts is even worse than that displayed on this billboard:

This cartoon is saying that the Tories (and Farage) are violating the people of the UK.

And the BBC is helping them do it, by directing the people to look in the other direction.

I’m surprised the granny wasn’t pointing at a cartoon Corbyn and saying, “Look! Anti-Semite!”

But here’s the real question:

If the Dutch can see what’s going on, why can’t millions of the British – even if the BBC is sowing confusion?

The Dutch media are not pulling their punches.

This was published in the Volksrant, a daily newspaper.

As you can see it depicts the UK being gang raped by Johnson, Farage, Cummings, Rees-Mogg and somebody else.

The BBC is saying, “Move along now. Nothing to see here”.

Seems to me the Dutch have a grip of what’s happening here and the BBC’s role in it.

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Life imitates satire – in pictures – in “no deal” Brexit debate

A few days ago, cartoonist Ben Jennings produced this illustration for The Guardian:

It was intended as a satire on Dictator Johnson’s vow to kick rebel Tory MPs off the government benches if they vote against him in the bill to block “no deal” Brexit.

Now consider this image of Jacob Rees-Mogg, taken during the debate on whether there should be a debate on that bill (I know; it’s convoluted. But that’s how Parliament works these days):

As I write this, the Graun is reporting that 16 Tory MPs are expected to support the motion – and will be stripped of the whip this evening.

Life imitating satire?

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Charlie Hebdo update: French mosque attacked

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Steve Bell’s response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings – ridiculing the attackers because they don’t deserve anything else (yes, there is an expletive and VP usually blacks them out… Not this time).

It’s understandable, but it isn’t the answer.

It seems that, following the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the killing of 12 people by terrorists claiming to be Muslims, at least one mosque has been attacked along with other places – in retaliation?

NDTV carried the story: “Three blank grenades were thrown at the mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris; shots were also fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers in the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France.

“An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties.”

This is, of course, exactly what the terrorists wanted. Terrorists always want to set people against each other, for the wrong reasons. The vast majority of Muslims are likely to have been as horrified at the terror attack as everyone else – but what are they supposed to think, now that innocent Muslims are being attacked by idiots?

Here’s the real voice of Islam, in the words of Vox Political commenter ‘Nightentity’ yesterday: “Those that believe these so-called Imams are ignorant of their faith and will believe anything they hear that makes them seem intelligent and all knowing to the other ignorant [people].

“Terrorism is not Islamic, you don’t cause suffering to the aged, the weak and the innocent, you don’t hide behind masks and scarves, you stand like a man and fight a man’s battle. These terrorists are cowards and weaklings for they hide behind a faith that does not condone what they do.

“These terrorists are only out for power and control, they are not true Muslims in any sense of the word.” [Bolding mine]

Meanwhile, the world’s political (and other) cartoonists have responded to the attack. Here’s Lew Stringer:

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And Uderzo, the artist responsible for Asterix cartoons, paid respect to the deceased:

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Here in the UK, cartoonist (and friend of Vox Political) Martin Rowson responded to the atrocity in a Guardian comment piece. Under the headline We must not stop laughing at these murderous clowns, he wrote: “We’re very, very good at laughing at those who place themselves above us, either as our leaders or intending to impose their beliefs to make everyone else exactly like them. However much they may identify themselves as victims of mockery, those cartoonists’ murderers have clearly also identified themselves as on the side of the power.

“Don’t forget that demanding either respect or silence from everyone else is one of the most common abuses of power going. But don’t fool yourselves that this is about Islam… The British cartoonists’ names filling the Gestapo Death List were just another manifestation, throughout history, of how hateful laughter is to despots.

“Which is why, now more than ever, we mustn’t stop laughing this latest bunch of murderous clowns to scorn.”

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‘Je suis Charlie’

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You won’t see any images purporting to be of the Prophet Muhammad on Vox Political.

This is because this writer has been on good terms with many Muslims and understands that any such depiction is extremely insulting to them and to their faith. Why would anybody want to inflict a bitter insult on someone they consider to be a friend?

By the same token, if an insult of such magnitude was inflicted on Yr Obdt Srvt, the possibility of a machine-gun attack figuring in any retaliatory gesture is, quite simply, unthinkable. Civilised people don’t do that. Psychopaths do that.

Yet this is what we are being told happened at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris today (January 7).

Five of the victims known to have died in the attack, including deputy chief editor Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinsky, Jean Cabut, Stephane Charbonnier and Bernard Verlhac [Image: BBC].

Five of the victims known to have died in the attack, including deputy chief editor Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinsky, Jean Cabut, Stephane Charbonnier and Bernard Verlhac [Image: BBC].

Most people will be familiar with the events: Three gunmen have shot 12 people dead at the office of the French satirical magazine. According to the BBC report here, they were heard shouting “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic as they made their escape.

It seems likely, therefore, that this attack was a reprisal against the magazine for printing a caricature of the Prophet, in 2011.

What kind of person waits more than three years to take recompense for a wrong, and then does it by shooting anybody who happens to be in the transgressor’s place of work at the time? What possible reason could they have for doing this?

It has been said that radicalised Muslims commit acts of terrorism because their Imam has told them they will be rewarded in heaven (or is it in the Garden of Earthly Delights?) for acts against the infidel – but really, how insane do you have to be to believe that?

About as insane as you’d have to be to commit such acts, whether you believe the story or not.

Whatever the perpetrators thought they were doing today, they were not exacting vengeance for an insult, or justice for a crime. They were murdering a dozen innocent people because one of them had drawn a picture.

Perhaps some adherents of Islam believe that’s okay.

This writer hopes the majority do not…

And wonders how many French Muslims will be brave enough to get onto the streets of their home town and join the others, holding up placards bearing the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’ too.

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