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Swedish daily pulls cartoon deemed anti-Semitic

Swedish daily Aftonbladet has removed a cartoon deemed anti-Semitic and is vowing to tighten editorial oversight.

The cartoon, which appeared on the website over the weekend, showed two characters wearing Jewish symbols. One dressed in Orthodox Jewish attire and holding a sign with the Star of David and the words “Land of Israel” is seen telling the other character, “Hitler gassed the wrong Jews.”

The Orthodox Jewish character is replying to a statement by a character wearing a kippah and Palestinian shawl, or keffiyeh, while holding a sign with the peace sign and the words “Israel” and “Palestine.”

The kippah wearer — ostensibly a Jewish supporter of a binational state instead of a Jewish one — is seen saying, “Leave Israel? When my parents who survived the Holocaust went to Israel to give me a life of peace and freedom?”

Tobias Lindner, a spokesman for Aftonbladet, told the news site, “It is clear that this strip should not be published. Aftonbladet will now sharpen their procedures” with regards to the humor section of the website.

— JTA

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