Israel Embassy Slams German Anti-Semitic Cartoon

(Jerusalem Post) Benjamin Weinthal - The Israeli Embassy in Germany on Friday rebuked the public prosecutor's office in Cologne for allowing a public exhibit that features a cartoon it says encourages "hatred and violence" against Jews and the State of Israel. "If one shows a figure with an Israeli flag devouring a Palestinian child, this reminds us of the most scurrilous accusations of ritual murder in European anti-Semitism," the embassy said in a statement. "We are convinced that the cartoon was of a clearly anti-Semitic nature and that it incites hatred and violence. The claim that one must distinguish between hatred of the Jewish people and hatred of the State of Israel is absolutely inappropriate and leaves a bad taste." The public prosecutor last week dismissed a legal complaint by Gerd Buurmann, a non-Jewish theater director, that the cartoon violated Germany's hate-crime law.

2010-04-19 09:35:36

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