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Two Guardian cartoonists agree: Jewish life is overvalued by the media


Guardian cartoonists Steve Bell and Martin Rowson had nothing artistically to say during the 18 days in which the fate of the three kidnapped Israeli teens was unknown, and nothing to say since their bullet-ridden bodies were found near Hebron, victims of a savage attack in which the terrorists sang and cheered after shooting the Jews to death. 

However, a day after the funeral for Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, Steve Bell – who, in past cartoons has mocked those who complain that his cartoons advance antisemitic tropes, and has indeed demonstrated his ‘courage’ to speak truth to Jewish power – suddenly found his creative muse in what he evidently fears is the lack of symmetry between the value placed on Jewish and Palestinian lives:

Here’s the Bell cartoon published in the Guardian on July 2.

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Of course, Bell’s cartoon – which curiously depicts ‘hilltop settlements’ in the background – is attempting to impute a moral equivalence between the cold-blooded murder by Hamas terrorists of three innocent boys and the deaths of Palestinian combatants in the West Bank during IDF operations to rescue the teens, and complaining on the unequal attention paid to both sets of victims.  Jewish life, it seems, has become too valuable in the eyes of the international community.

Following Bell’s cartoon, we came across a Tweet by their other cartoonist, Martin Rowson, who previously has demonstrated that he won’t be silenced despite the ‘fact’ that Jews often attempt to silence their critics with false accusations of antisemitism.  Rowson, like Bell, fancies himself a truth teller who refuses to bow down to the pressure of a small but powerful minority.

Here’s the Tweet by Rowson on July 2, commenting on his colleague’s artistic efforts and comparing it with his own cartoon published by the Guardian on January 7, 2009 – during the war in Gaza (Operation Cast Lead). 

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Here’s a side by side comparison:

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The interesting thing about the consistency between the two cartoonists in depicting the loss of Jewish and Palestinian life is how their visual agitprop comports with the broader Guardian narrative of the conflict.  

The Guardian sees its mission as, to quote Rowson, ‘afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted’; The Palestinians, so says the Guardian, are the weaker (“afflicted”) party in the conflict, while Israeli Jews represent the comfortable; Therefore, when contextualizing the loss of life on both sides, it is the duty of ‘progressive’ political cartoonists to advocate for the weaker Palestinians.

Of course, it would have been news to Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar that they represented the ‘comfortable’ and their kidnappers were the ‘afflicted’ as multiple shots were fired at them at point-blank range, penetrating their bodies and ending their young lives.  

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  1. The Guardian sees its mission as, to quote Rowson, ‘afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted’;

    Sounds so simple and morally ‘clear’.

    However, Jews in Palestinians were ‘afflicted’ by Arabs/Muslims since day one. When it became clear that the intention of the Jew Zionist, was to buy up a substantial proportion of the private land in available Palestine and bring about a Jewish majority, the Jews were ‘afflicted’ by 250 million Arab Muslims hollering for their blood.

    But, of course, Rowson and Bell conveniently ‘forget to mention’ another factor. The dominent factor actually. The ‘side’ that is always supported by Guardian ‘progressives’ is not necessary the ‘weaker’ side. They always ‘choose’ the side that is ‘anti-Western’. Anti capitalist.

    It is pure hypocrisy on the part of Guardianistas to present themselves as always supporting the ‘weaker party’. Did they support Ukraine against an expansionist Putin???

    The Guardian has become synonymous with rank hypocrisy. A common affliction of all those with an overriding orthodoxy.

  2. Jewish life is overvalued by the media

    That’s unfair on both cartoonists. Their point appears to be about the greater western focus on the deaths of the three Israeli teenagers.

    What I found offensive about the Bell cartoon was how he crowed-barred in the settlement issue.

        • Oh, they are wide open, I can assure you. Here there is only a lack of concern for Jews, anti-Semitism and a certain individual who condones such sentiments.

          [also inadvertently posted below)

        • Oh, they are wide open, I can assure you. Here there is only a lack of concern for Jews, anti-Semitism and a certain individual who condones such sentiments.

          [Also inadvertently posted below]

          • LOOK.. IT SEEM THAT THE Jews are bombed every day.. Hamas hides behind human shields of the Palestinian.. There would be a peace if only Hamas was gone.. I find the Palestinians to be fools for hamas.. 700 rockets and human suicide bombers from the Palestinian side.. THAT IS WHAT YOU WOULD CALL OPENED EYES..they murder 3 innocent boy and the idiot cartoonist draws a picture against Israel.. what a racist.

    • What I found offensive about the Bell cartoon was how he crowed-barred in the settlement issue.

      So you have no problem comparing Israeli non-combatants with Palestinian combatants???

      • You have made two ridiculous assumptions!
        a) that the cartoon was not referring to Palestinian non-combatants.
        b) that I would have no problem comparing Israeli non-combatants with Palestinian combatants.

        You may retract your comment.

    • Hey Pretz. I run with a highly intelligent crown here in Austin, Texas. Nobody knew much about these kids until the Arab boy was kidnapped and beaten into a pulp.

      The Guardian is a sick and twisted house of hatred.

      • “sick and twisted”

        As indeed are the individuals who condone and/or turn a blind eye to the Guardian’s hatred.

      • @ koufaxmitzvah

        That’s strange. The kidnapping and murder of the three Israelis was widely covered in the western media before the Arab teenager was killed. How could your chums have missed that?

        • Maybe because poor Austin Texas is full of liberals.. No all but they will not cover anything that upsets.. obama.

          • Hey Diana. I’m a liberal. I choose to live in Austin because there are other liberals like me here. And fuck you about Obama. Not that he’s great, but he’s a shitton better than that dipshit we had destroying our country for 2 full terms. Now, if you don’t mind, I am about to open some cans of whoopass detailing how some piece of shit corporation– which only pays for a portion of health insurance– gets to determine whether their employees can get some birth control. If you want to head in that direction, then keep talking, Toots.

    • That may be what Bell is trying to claim, but I have seen no evidence that there has been greater focus on the deaths of the 3 Israeli boys.

  3. The more I see of such work, the easier it is to understand how Britain turned its back as 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered during the Holocaust. And yes, Britain fought a war against the Nazis but that was in spite of the Jewish people and not because of them. Nothing much ever changes in Blighty when it comes to the Jewish people.

    And if this is how Bell behaves in public, can you just imagine the kind of filth that must emanate from around the Bell breakfast table?
    Ditto the despicable Rowson.

    • The more I see of such work, the easier it is to understand how Britain turned its back …

      All that from a couple of cartoons you dislike? Get a grip. And saying that Britain “turned its back” on the Holocaust is as ridiculous – and offensive – as saying Israel has turned its back on millions of children tortured and murdered across the world and in particular in the ME.

      Try seeing the world from other people’s perspective.

      • “And saying that Britain “turned its back” on the Holocaust is as ridiculous – and offensive – as saying Israel has turned its back on millions of children tortured and murdered across the world and in particular in the ME.”

        Only an individual who is deeply prejudiced and very ignorant could have made such a comment. Israel has virtually zero input into the murders of millions of children around the world. Britain, on the other hand, was intimately involved in the decisions that directly led to the murders of millions of Jews. Whether we are talking about the 1939 White Paper that prevented the drowning Jews of Europe from escaping to Palestine or the sinking of the Struma or the conferences at Evian in 1938 or Bermuda in 1943 in which Britain actively lobbied against the escape of Jews, Britain could not have done less to help the Jews of Europe even if she had maintained a secret pact with Nazi Germany to assist in their genocide.

        In case you are still in any doubt, here is an excellent example of Britain’s perfidy:

        “Four months after the State Department confirmed the dimensions of the Holocaust, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden met in Washington with President Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. At this meeting, Eden expressed his fear that Hitler might actually accept an offer from the Allies to move Jews out of areas under German control. No one present objected to Eden’s statement.”

        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/filmmore/reference/primary/

        • “Britain, on the other hand, was intimately involved in the decisions that directly led to the murders of millions of Jews.”

          Drivel. Britain was the only country which fought Nazi Germany from start to finish in WW2, having its cities bombed and fighting back while other countries could not or would not.

          If it had not been for the British 8th Army defeating Rommel in North Africa, every remaining Jew in the Middle East would have been at the mercy of the Nazis and their Islamist allies. There would have been no Israel of any kind for any Jew to go to. And the vast majority of Jews murdered by the Nazis in WW2 were in territories invaded by the Nazis after the outbreak of war. There was no attempted pre-war exodus from Ukraine, for example, because the Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany at that point and didn’t think its ally would attack it.

          Britain’s priority was to win the war. For much of it it had its back to the wall and had little or no help. It did not have unlimited resources or a magic wand, and it had to fight on more fronts than any other country. It also had to contend with hostile Arabs in mandate Palestine who did not want Jewish refugees there.

          Had it not been for Britain fighting on when others gave up, stayed out, took the other side, or could not help, there would not today be a single Jew alive outside of the continent of America.

          But please, by all means, do tell us which country or countries you believe did more than Britain to save Jews in WW2.

          • Saving Jews? What an odd concept. Britain considers herself noble for taking the Kindertransport children, but refused to take their parents, leaving them to the tender mercies of the death camps.

            Have you no idea of the desperation felt by the Jews in Europe? All the sympathy for the artificial refugees kept idle by UNWRA cannot make reparations for the neglect of the those people who thought themselves Europeans but were still in effect dirty Jews.

          • “…Had it not been for Britain fighting on when others gave up, stayed out, took the other side, or could not help, there would not today be a single Jew alive outside of the continent of America.”
            This is a bit much, don’t you think?
            No doubt, Great Britain fought valiantly against the Nazis when it seemed no one else would, but…Sasha also makes some good points. History, just like life, is complicated.
            The Germans did go to war with the USSR. America did have Britain’s back, and as I recall there are the graves of many U.S. servicemen in north Africa as well as the beaches at Normandy.
            Saving the Jews of Europe or anywhere else was not a top priority for any of the Allies, and indeed there were, and still are, people with antipathy for Jews and jewish causes in the upper echelons of the corridors of power.

          • But please, by all means, do tell us which country or countries you believe did more than Britain to save Jews in WW2.

            Britian didn;t fight WW2 in order to save Jews

            • Whata bunch of fickn ingrates. You guys trying to make people like the muslims? The holocaust did not start until 1942 by then no one could escape Europe. In fact Jews did not fight until 1943 in Warsaw. Why didnt they do anything before? Why didnt Morgenthau and the other Jews in America? What did they do to help? DId they fight them in France in 1940? Jews did however have no problem killing british soldiers straight after the war. Look at all the Jews admitted to Britain after the war. Ed Milliband and numerous others in Nu Labour are the produce of that philanthropy.

              • In fact Jews did not fight until 1943 in Warsaw. Why didnt they do anything before?

                And you call others “fickn ingrates”? Priceless.

              • Look at all the Jews admitted to Britain after the war?

                How nice of them . they should have let those Jews before the war not after. they should have let Jews into Palestine not let them be murder in Europe.

        • Britain could have had the scientific and technical flowering that is Israel within her society, instead she chose to import people who prefer to fight for the rebels in Syria.

          • Britain “chose to import people who prefer to fight for the rebels in Syria”??

            a) The wannabe jihadis will mostly be British-born.
            b) The British economy would hardly be flowering anyway if said jihadis didn’t exist!😉

        • Only an individual who is deeply prejudiced and very ignorant could have made such a comment.

          And there you go, accusing me of being “deeply prejudiced and very ignorant”. That is laughable, predictable and pathetic. Shame on you.

          It’s you, Sasha, who needs to open your mind.

          Britain could not have done less to help the Jews of Europe even if she had maintained a secret pact with Nazi Germany to assist in their genocide

          And then a nice bit of slander to found off your disgraceful post.

    • Oh, they are wide open, I can assure you. Here there is only a lack of concern for Jews, anti-Semitism and a certain individual who condones such sentiments.

      • My reply directly above should have appeared directly below pretzelberg’s first comment.

    • No.. you can’t blame Britian on these cartoonist.. during the War you had Churchill who wanted to help.. but the liberals wanted to hide and these Cartoonist are the liberals that hide behind their cartoons..

  4. We said let’s swap like per like.
    It’s hardly the Israelis fault the PA insisted on 1000:1 ratio…

  5. Tried to avoid commenting on this site, for a while, but here goes…

    The cartoonists are making a valid point. Three Israelis are murdered: statesmen weep all over the world and Israel starts rounding up hundreds of suspects and shoots (thus far) six Palestinians in the street. On the other hand, Palestinian civilians are murdered by the IDF, and you people shrug and say “well, they’re all terrorists.”

    This site ought to be for condemning anti-Semitism, but all I have seen it do is try to smother any criticism of the murderous actions of the Israeli state.

    (I wonder how long it will be before someone accuses me of anti-Semitism?)

    • Invidius, I do not believe or try to accuse you of Antisemitism.
      I do however would like to draw your attention that most of those civillians killed in the Palestinian side as a direct result of Israeli action are hardly ever die with intent to kill specific random civillians.

      In contrast the Israelis who die, as with the 3 teens recently murdered, are being murdered. Those killers got up in the morning with intent to kill the first random Jew that falls into their hand like oportunistic jackals they are.

      What the cartoonists are doing, and you excuse, is the comparison between deaths of fighters or soldiers, with those of civillians.

      Next thing you’ll be saying that Israelis forced Hamas to boobitrap their homes with the residents still in them.

      I recall that in November 1947 when my kibbutz started getting blasted from the syrians above all women and childen were removed to the centre of the country to be safer, with the exception of women who fought.

      Hamas and Fatah hardly do these things. They send their kids to play deadly games with soldiers carry assault rifles.
      What would you thing be the fate of those kids in, let’s say, Syria, Egypt, or the current area controlled by ISIS?

      I think the death toll in Syria, Egypt riots and even Turkey’s riots tells the story for itself.
      Good day to you.

    • “Tried to avoid commenting on this site, for a while, but here goes…”

      You should have resisted your impulse.

      “Israel starts rounding up hundreds of suspects and shoots (thus far) six Palestinians in the street. ”
      So tell me, genius, when these six “thus far” Palestinians were shot were they crossing the street or just walking down the street? Do you think that maybe they were shot for jay walking or just for the thrill of spilling their blood?

    • Let’s see Invidius.. your view is skewed, Israel is bombe almost every day, Hamas sends suicide bombers.. Hamas bombs from places of crowds (using the Palestinians as human shields) like hospitals, school yards.. so that the Israel who only want to take out the enemy and not the children. and you criticism is focussed of Israel for defending itself.. and if the Palestinians are killed by the IDF.. that is because Hamas is using them as human shields.. PERIOD.

  6. http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/editorial/244810/blood-libel-2014-mainstream-media-jumps-to-conclusions-about-dead-palestinian-teen.html
    BLOOD LIBEL 2014: Mainstream Media Jumps to Conclusions About Dead Palestinian Teen
    Aliza Levine]
    July 2nd, 2014)

    During the 18 days of frantic searching for the three missing Israeli teenagers, the mainstream media was eerily quiet. John Kerry condemned the kidnappings 3 days after news broke of the kidnappings. The President of the USA only spoke up once the bodies of the teens were found dead.

    Even when mainstream media reported on the news, a cold sense of apathy filled the headlines. “Hitchhiking Teenagers in West Bank Missing” read one headline. Rather than blaming Islamic terrorism targeting the completely innocent, they turned the blame to “Those Jews should’ve known better not to hitchhike “. Most media outlets called the teens “missing”, not even mentioning the fact that they were kidnapped.

    The headlines all had the same attribute: Hamas or Islamic terrorism was not mentioned, hitchhiking was always blamed, and they always mentioned the kidnappings took place in “The West Bank”.

    When the news broke that 3 bodies were found, the cold hard fact reporting came into play once again “Missing bodies of Teenagers in West Bank Found” filled the breaking news landscape. Once again, the headlines conveniently left out that they were all murdered in cold blood by Hamas terrorists.

    And now here we are, a Palestinian teenagers lifeless body is found in a forest and the media goes wild!

    Conspiracies of revenge fill the air, the media jumps to blame rogue settler Jews and all based on NOTHING!

    There is an intense police investigation going on, yet the media has already decided it was a revenge killing. Just an hour after the story broke, the media called it a revenge killing. Why didn’t the media call the three boys a kidnapping until after they were found dead – two weeks later?

    A few rock throwing Arabs make up a story about a revenge murder and the wild dog pounces. Never mind the common honor killings of Muslims or the constant news of masses being murdered in Iraq, Syria, or Nigeria – yet when a Jew “could” be involved, all hell breaks loose.

    The Drudge Report even linked to an article with just a headline. There is no content in that article because there is nothing to report on. Yet the media and the eternal Anti Semites have themselves a new blood libel.

    (Look below, this is an actual article with just a headline)

    [Click here to see the article]

    For the Jews who say “Never Again” Sit back and watch it happen again. For the Jews that said it can’t happen here. Look how the media is turning on you.

    And for all those who couldn’t understand how the masses could actually believe Blood Libels of the past, here’s an example of how fast they catch on.

    • yeah the worlds all up in arms about Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians, i mean just look at how the world has stopped its evil practices, oh sorry it has not done zip in 50 years, I wonder why not, because of garbage like you have just spouted, backed up by sugar daddy USA, bought anymore attack helicopters yet you need them for the kids throwing stones

      • The arab world dosen;t care about the Palestinians . All they care about is to use them against Israel that is why they never absorbed them and left them in regfugee camps for over 60 years.. So why should the world care. The world dosn;t care when much larger number of arabs are being murderd all over the MIddle East since the arab “spring”.

        • “The arab world dosen;t care about the Palestinians . All they care about is to use them against Israel ”
          That’s why they invented them. Not a nationality as much as a case of welfare fraud.

  7. At least there is some perspective of what is actually going on…even if it’s just the cartoons.

    A day or mourning for three Israelis is of course more important then the decades of mourning that the Palestinians have gone through and are going through this very minute.

    I hope the world can wake up to this. It’s one of many many repeats .. This is how they silence the Palestinians!!

    • Get a grip.

      All the Palestinians have to do is to make a phone call to the Israeli PM saying that they want to sign peace agreements along the lines that have been bashed out over many years and that this represents the end of all claims and the end of all conflicts. All the Palestinian problems will vanish immediately.

      The Jews in the Holocaust had no such option and neither did the three boys kidnapped and shot by 2 heartless thugs who sang and danced in their car after killing them!

    • BOO! HOO! for the Palestinian bullies.. there was many door open for peace.. Israel gave up land.. and the Palestinians took the land knocked down the green Houses.(used for food by the Israelis}.. and Humas set up rocket launchers.. BUT ADEEL I guess you forgot about that..

  8. Those two guys can sure draw cartoons. I’m not sure why that would make their opinions about…anything… more valid than the milkman’s, except which crayons to use.