Unrepentant Norwegian paper claims reaction to its gory cartoon is ‘similar to Mohammed riots’
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Unrepentant Norwegian paper claims reaction to its gory cartoon is ‘similar to Mohammed riots’

Groups crying anti-Semitism 'leave little room for nuances and reflections,' Dagbladet says, defending publication of blood-soaked circumcision image

Part of an anti-Semitic cartoon published in Norway's Dagbladet in May (photo credit: screen capture/Dagbladet.no)
Part of an anti-Semitic cartoon published in Norway's Dagbladet in May (photo credit: screen capture/Dagbladet.no)

JTA — The Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet said reactions to its caricature on circumcision “are similar” to riots that erupted over cartoons mocking Mohammed.

Referencing Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten caricatures of Mohammed in 2005, Dagbladet wrote in a statement: “We now have similar reactions to a cartoon that Dagbladet printed last week.”

Several people died in what the New York Times termed “a wave of violent protests by Muslims” in the Middle East and Europe over the caricatures mocking Mohammed.

Last week, several Jewish organizations condemned the Dagbladet caricature, which showed two people who were widely perceived to be Jewish because of their clothing maiming a child with a fork and bolt cutter while holding a book and professing their faith.

“The groups which said the circumcision caricature was anti-Semitic “leave little room for nuances and reflections,” the paper wrote in a statement published this week on its website.

“They claim that this is proof of Dagbladet’s antisemitic views. We come from a different angle and have a different interpretation of the cartoon,” the statement read, adding: “It is important to distinguish between friend and foe when considering this question of values. Dagbladet has a long and consistent history of fighting anti-Semitism.”

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