Guardian cartoon depicts Bibi with suicide vest of dead Palestinians

Like any good Guardian Left contributor, Cartoonist Steve Bell seems to share the philosophy of his colleague Martin Rowson, who believes his ‘progressive mission is to ‘afflict the powerful, and comfort the afflicted’.  Within this facile moral paradigm, Jews represent the former and Palestinians the latter.  

In addition to the fact that some of his cartoons have evoked antisemitic narratives (or mock the very idea of antisemitic tropes), as far as we can tell Bell has never used his skills as an artist to demonize Palestinian suicide bombers – as they, it seems, even as they are igniting their murderous device, represent the ‘afflicted’. Though in at least one cartoon he mocked – as hypocritical – Israeli condemnation of said bombers. 

He revisited the topic of suicide bombers in a cartoon published at the Guardian on July 21st. The cartoon was inspired by comments of the Israeli Prime Minister about Hamas’s exploitation of Palestinian casualties, in which he made the painfully obvious observation that the group puts civilians in harm’s way because they know that images of dead Palestinians in Western papers helps their cause. 

Here’s the full quote, from an interview Netanyahu gave to CNN:

“These people are the worst terrorists — genocidal terrorists,” he said. “They call for the destruction of Israel and they call for the killing of every Jew, wherever they can find them.”

“They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can,” the prime minister continued. “They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better.”

Now, here’s the cartoon:


It’s not entirely clear what Bell is trying to communicate, but the suicide belt (presumably made up coffins containing dead Palestinians) on Netanyahu strongly suggests that he – not, of course, Hamas – is the one responsible for killing innocent Palestinians in Gaza.

Such visual anti-Israel agitprop, which neatly serves the cause of Palestinian extremists, is par for the course at the Guardian.  

The Hamas propaganda strategy is of course dependent on Western media groups playing along, not only by highlighting every tragic Palestinian civilian death, but by also pretending that such casualties are not in fact the result of Hamas’s cynical strategy of using human shields and other tactics meant to maximize the number of casualties.

It’s difficult to understand how the Guardian can continually demonize the democratic Jewish state, while parroting the narrative of reactionary extremists, and yet, evidently, still fancy themselves a liberal institution.   

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  1. “It’s difficult to understand how the Guardian can continually demonize the democratic Jewish state, while parroting the narrative of reactionary extremists, and yet, evidently, still fancy themselves a liberal institution”

    Adam the answer to that is that “The Guardian”, and the pro-Hamas useful idiots who post on this site, use the principles of ‘doublethink’ from George Orwell’s “1984”

    “To know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy is impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself”

  2. Al Guardian, that notorious piece of sheet, as always inverting aggressor and defender, a figure used by deniers, nationalsocialists, dictators, cretins, ..

    How could a caricature of Seumas or Beaumont etc. look alike? Dressed up like the journalists of Der Stürmer, a privately owned tabloid which created and published many antisemitic caricatures, unlike Der Völkische Beobachter, the NS party paper which tried to establish a repectable image at the outside.

    Maybe not a caricature, just parallelising, like the poststructuralist like to do to compare the incomparable
    Julius Streicher

    Seumas Milne

    It`s Palestinians who have the right to defend themselves

    nationalsozialistische Rhetorik der legitimen Selbstverteidigung gegen die jüdische Weltverschwörung

    Als anerkannte Talmud-Experten bedienten Kittel und Kuhn im wissenschaftlichen Gewande die antisemitischen Klischees, wonach es Juden im Talmud gestattet oder gar geboten sei, Nichtjuden zu töten, und orchestrierten damit die nationalsozialistische Rhetorik der legitimen Selbstverteidigung gegen die jüdische Weltverschwörung. So erklärte Kittel in einem Gutachten für den geplanten Schauprozess gegen Herschel Grynspan ausdrücklich, die Schüsse auf Ernst vom Rath in der Pariser Gesandtschaft seien als Fanal eines jüdischen Angriffskrieges zu verstehen

    antisemitischen Mutmassungen erwuchs in der Innerschweiz

    “Eine gerechte Selbstverteidigung und Wahrung der Güter des eigenen Volkes ist nicht Antisemitismus; denn sie muss letzten Endes den Juden selbst zum Besten gereichen.”

    Reaktionen der Kirchen und einzelner Christen

    In vorauseilendem Gehorsam hatte DEK-Bischof Otto Dibelius die „nationale Revolution“ im Januar 1933 begeistert begrüßt und den Verdacht einer möglichen kirchlichen Systemopposition bei der Regierung möglichst zu zerstreuen versucht. Schon den Geschäftsboykott des 1. April 1933 hatte er als „notwendige Selbstverteidigung“ gegen den angeblich übergroßen Einfluss des Judentums verteidigt.

  3. Auszüge aus Hitlers Ansprache vor dem „Ersten Großdeutschen Reichstag” (30. Januar 1939)

    Ich will heute wieder ein Prophet sein: Wenn es dem internationalen Finanzjudentum in und außerhalb Europas gelingen sollte, die Völker noch einmal in einen Weltkrieg zu stürzen, dann wird das Ergebnis nicht die Bolschewisierung der Erde und damit der Sieg des Judentums sein, sondern die Vernichtung der jüdischen Rasse in Europa!

    Denn die Zeit der propagandistischen Wehrlosigkeit der nichtjüdischen Völker ist zu Ende. Das nationalsozialistische Deutschland und das faschistische Italien besitzen jene Einrichtungen, die es gestatten, wenn notwendig, die Welt über das Wesen einer Frage aufzuklären, die vielen Völkern instinktiv bewußt und nur wissenschaftlich unklar ist.

    Augenblicklich mag das Judentum in gewissen Staaten seine Hetze betreiben unter dem Schutz einer dort in seinen Händen befindlichen Presse, des Films, der Rundfunkpropaganda, der Theater, der Literatur usw. Wenn es diesem Volke aber noch einmal gelingen sollte, die Millionenmassen der Völker in einen für diese gänzlich sinnlosen und nur jüdischen Interessen dienenden Kampf zu hetzen, dann wird sich die Wirksamkeit einer Aufklärung äußern, der in Deutschland allein schon in wenigen Jahren das Judentum restlos erlegen ist.

    We arrived at a turning point, almost seventy years after the end of the Holocaust by the military victory of the Allies, a revival of a world of dominating dictatorships and racist-religious delusional systems, mostly closely linked with antisemitism, whose emergence we can see int he Arab-Islam world: ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, or a containment for long years or a rollback.
    It looks like even the US governement of the democrat Obama got it, Cameron already takes action

  4. This is priceless. Although you say that “It’s not entirely clear what Bell is trying to communicate” you have a good guess that it must be something slanderous against Israel!

    While I would agree that the cartoon is open to interpretation it suggest to me more that Netanyahu Is committing some form of media suicide by complaining that the the problem with the dead is that they are good propaganda for Hamas, (rather than the problem being that they are ummm dead).

    • “it suggest to me more that Netanyahu Is committing some form of media suicide ”

      You mean like you’re doing here?

      • Well Jeff, I don’t rally have much of a media profile so no not really. I’m probably not going to hang around anymore, I came genuinely curious about the Guardian’s flaws and to know a little more what Cifwatch is. Certainly I have learnt some useful things about some of Guardian’s weaknesses, but sadly I have just seen a degree of paranoia, some very selective blogging and a lot of shouting down, name calling and general offensive smartarse-ness.

        It doesn’t seem a very good place to be, but I guess that Israel isn’t a great place to be at the moment.

        Peace to all. J

  5. The Guardian (Otherwise known as the Grauniad because of its many grammatical and typographical blunders) has never been known to be fussy over facts or sources. It is a newspaper whose intention is to propagate anti-British neo-Marxism whilst paying its editor and top staff very generously. Unsurprisingly it leads a fairly precarious financial existence and will take financial bail-outs from anyone – enough said! .