Anti-Semitic cartoon in the Los Angeles Times

I just saw a cartoon depicting two Jews "worshipping their God" in front of the Western Wall, the Jews most sacred spot in the World (in Jerusalem). Unfortunately, according to the cartoon's author, the word "HATE" turns out to be the Jews God.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jews worship hate

Was this printed in some government controlled Arabic newspaper, or maybe it was found in a Hitler's Youth handbook?

Nope. It was printed in the Los Angeles Times, which turns out to be not only anti-Israeli but is now openly anti-Semitic.

"In defense, L.A. Times artist Michael Ramirez pointed out that that the second man in the cartoon (sprawled on the ground and much less noticeable) was actually a Moslem praying. Unfortunately, the keffiah which would identify him as a Moslem is practically invisible to the naked eye.

Furthermore, Ramirez was unable to explain why the chosen venue of "hate" was the Western Wall, a site sacred only to Jews, which has never been used as a place of Moslem prayer"

To contact the Los Angeles Times, send an email to feedback@latimes.com
I copy the full article below.





An anti-Semitic cartoon is one thing. Denying the black-and-white proof is another.
by Marshall Roth

A recent Los Angeles Times editorial cartoon depicted an Orthodox Jew praying at the Western Wall, with the stones of the wall forming the word "hate." The caption read: "Praying to their God."

In defense, L.A. Times artist Michael Ramirez pointed out that that the second man in the cartoon (sprawled on the ground and much less noticeable) was actually a Moslem praying. Unfortunately, the keffiah which would identify him as a Moslem is practically invisible to the naked eye.

Furthermore, Ramirez was unable to explain why the chosen venue of "hate" was the Western Wall, a site sacred only to Jews, which has never been used as a place of Moslem prayer.

In response to reader protest, the Los Angeles Times altered its cartoon, deleting the unique Herodian frame around the Western Wall stones, to make it look more look a generic wall.

Posted by David Melle
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There is no justification. This is the greatest affront yet!

Posted by: Felicia Weiner at June 29, 2002 08:02 AM


the meaning is in the artists heart...

Posted by: Philip at July 25, 2002 08:27 AM


This cartoon should be a historical-reminder to our people: Like so many other nations that initially invited us in, AND THEN GREW WEARY OF US, America too may be one nation we may have to 'escape from' in the future . . . .

Posted by: Michael A. Foner at July 30, 2002 10:41 AM


Please go read http://www.adl.org/rumors/latimes_cartoon.asp

This cartoon is in fact from October 2000, and has already been beaten to a mangled pulp in the press. Please do NOT write to the LA Times about it, you will only come off as someone who believes everything they see in their email.

Posted by: Ian Soboroff at July 30, 2002 12:01 PM


Ian,

Thank you for your comment, but the link you provide does not add anything that we didn't know.

In my original posting, I clearly say:

"In defense, L.A. Times artist Michael Ramirez pointed out that that the second man in the cartoon (sprawled on the ground and much less noticeable) was actually a Moslem praying. Unfortunately, the keffiah which would identify him as a Moslem is practically invisible to the naked eye.

Furthermore, Ramirez was unable to explain why the chosen venue of "hate" was the Western Wall, a site sacred only to Jews, which has never been used as a place of Moslem prayer."

The fact that the Los Angeles Times printed this cartoon, and then to add insult to injury came up with excuses about the second man being a Muslim did not help: as outlined above it's very hard to see that the second man is a Muslim, and why would a Muslim be praying at the Kotel (Western Wall)?

Even today, the Los Angeles Times continues to be biased against Israel, so I say continue sending your messages of protest.

See for example:

West Coast HQ for Boycotters of the Anti-Israel Los Angeles Times
http://www.geocities.com/truthmasters/jointheboycott.htm

Posted by: David Melle at July 30, 2002 12:33 PM


I really don't care when this was originally posted in L.A. Times. The timing for the comments for this kind hate is always NOW. Apologetics of Mr. Soboroff aren't ever good enough. Incidentally, for mr. Soboroff's benefit: the root word "Sobor" in Russian means Temple. It is sacred Jewish Temple he does no longer defend ...or should he forget, a need to remind him of SO-bi-BOR never gets old.

L.A. Times has succeeded where even most rabid Communist propaganda NEVER trailed!!!

With regard to Western Wall "hate art", would you please send this Special Issue to Saddam Hussein and Saudi Arabia "friends" to help and rejoice in their victory over allegedly Zionist media of USA! They scored Big Time.

What an incredible proof that Hitler left some potent seed around - this cartoonist must be an offspring of the "talented" Hitler himself. How sad this "artist" is not familiar with artwork of Terezienshadt children.

On the other hand, L.A. Times could correct the picture with what is truly missing ...on top of the wall, Palestinian youth with outstretched hands, shouting "Hail Hitler!" And falling rock, flattening a praying Jew, or the Arab for that matter.

...granted, You Mr. Ramirez and L.A.Times don't need Arafat's permission to disseminate hatred. Then again, YOU are already licking his bloody shoes. Congratulations.


Boris Berezin
Houston, Texas

Posted by: Boris Berezin at August 12, 2002 03:03 PM


I am outraged by the "cartoon" and find it truly offensive. I too agree that the LA Times is biased and this is not the first time something of this sort has been printed. Perhaps Michael Ramirez should go to the Wall with his cartoon and see what support he gets. I dont care either that the cartoon is old and that the Times has already been beaten to a mangled pulp in the press. They deserve exactly that for allowing such propoganda to be printed. I also noted Ians note re: "Please do NOT write to the LA Times about it, you will only come off as someone who believes everything they see in their email," and personally, I dont care. I dont believe everything that comes in email, but the fact is "A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS."

Disgusted customer-

Posted by: Deborah Barchichat at August 12, 2002 09:06 PM


Thanks Mr. Ramerez for you bravery.

Freedom of Press in the United States is wonderful and seperates us from the animals in the world.

Posted by: Ivan Putski at April 25, 2004 04:57 AM


there are two mistakes in this article:
the western wall is also sacred to muslims and the second guy is obviously a muslim because that is the position they pray in. the cartoon is not antisemitic its satire-its sayng that the jews and muslims fighting each other in Gods name are really worshiping hate, not God.i think we tend to judge to quickly what is antisemitic.

Posted by: elisheva at July 4, 2004 01:41 PM


Perhaps we as Americans would find it offensive if the Statue of Liberty were used in an Israeli or Arabic newspaper to create an unflattering perspective of our culture.Although I believe that the author of the cartoon is not trying to be antisemitic, I think he should have asked someone who is Jewish what their take on it was before publishing the cartoon. St.Paul urged christians to "Give no offense," meaning to respect others.. and that is a good religous tenet to follow.

Posted by: dbowie0007 at October 10, 2005 07:37 PM


Well, at least we didn't riot and burn down buildings, like Muslims are doind in response to the "Mohammed" cartoons.

Posted by: Different River at February 14, 2006 03:27 PM


It is only ignorance of truth that Michael Ramirez would even attempt to show practically invisible to the naked eye, the keffiah on the moslem. This is just an attempt by the Los Angeles Times to promote anti-semitism. But alas, God does forgive those who truly repent and turn away from the leader of all those that are lost in darkness. God said "Let their be Light", and He is the Light of the world. The darkenss will be exposed for what it really is by The Light of the world which He created.


Posted by: Eudora Olsen at February 17, 2006 09:15 PM


Don't see how the cartoon was'nt supposed to cause offence, and i'm a british gentile, i can't help thinking though that if this were in a British or French newspaper then it might be all over the US Press as evidence that most people in those countries are antisemitic (which i see no evidence for.)

Surely the fact that this cartoon was published in the US doesnt prove that the US is an antisemitic country does it, sorry if thats off subject, just something i've wanted to say for some time.

Posted by: birdie at June 7, 2006 12:36 PM


I think you're mistaken, to say the least.
Who says it's the Kotel, rather than a symbolic wall and that the 'toon isn't a general comment on the inability of Jews and Muslims to get along in the Holy Land? That's how I see it.Especially since it's Michael Ramirez, who's generally very pro Israel.


I mean, if it WAS supposed to be the Kotel, why would a Muslim be there?


There are plenty of Jew hating cartoons like this one: http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2009/03/why-im-happy-ny-times-published-anti.html being published in the US and elsewhere that deserve your outrage. This one doesn't, and neither does Michael Ramirez, IMO.

Regards,
Rob

Posted by: Rob at March 28, 2009 11:37 PM


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