Israeli envoy to Norway decries ‘anti-Semitic’ swastika cartoon of Netanyahu
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Israeli envoy to Norway decries ‘anti-Semitic’ swastika cartoon of Netanyahu

Ambassador calls on Norwegian daily to apologize for depicting the PM, shaped like a swastika, punching Druze man off 'whites only' bench

Israel's Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz (YouTube screenshot)
Israel's Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz (YouTube screenshot)

Israel’s ambassador to Norway called on a Norwegian daily to apologize and remove a cartoon it published Tuesday, which he criticized as anti-Semitic.

The cartoon, which appeared in the Dagbladet newspaper, portrays Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose body is in the form of a swastika, punching a member of Israel’s Druze minority off a bench reading “whites only.”

The image was apparently commenting on recently passed legislation defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The law has drawn the ire of the Druze and other minority groups, who say it favors the country’s Jewish character over its democracy and effectively renders them second class citizens.

Supporters of the law counter that it merely enshrines the country’s existing character, and that Israel’s democratic nature and provisions for equality are already anchored in existing legislation.

In a Twitter post, Ambassador Raphael Schutz called the cartoon “an example of the most repulsive imaginable anti-Semitic imagery.”

The cartoon still appeared on Dagbladet’s website on Tuesday evening and there was no indication the paper indented to apologize.

Dagbladet has previously pushed back against claims of anti-Semitism over its cartoons, which have equated circumcision to pedophilia, likened Israel to Nazi Germany and North Korea, and portrayed figures widely perceived as Jewish maiming a child as they profess their faith.

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