Judge Goldstone changes his tune: Cartoons from the Arab world

April 18, 2011

Judge Goldstone changes his tune: Cartoons from the Arab world

By Tom Gross

I attach a selection of cartoons (below) from the Arab world relating to Judge Goldstone’s retraction of his own UN Goldstone report. Unsurprisingly, given the widespread (but woefully underreported) anti-Semitism in the Arab world, almost all these cartoons are blatantly anti-Semitic.

Please note that many of these cartoons come from countries which prominent Western media often portray as moderate and which receive financial, military and other help from the U.S.

As you can see from these cartoons, these publications have no qualms about insulting the Jewish symbol the Star of David, whereas if a European draws a cartoon which Muslims find insulting this can result in death threats being issued against the cartoonist and random “infidels” being beheaded in retaliation, as was the case last week in Afghanistan.

Given the nature of the cartoons below, it seems Israeli Jews are the victims twice over, first of Goldstone’s blood libels against them, and then of the Arab reaction to Goldstone as a Jew.

Over the last 18 months, hundreds of thousands of articles have appeared in dozens of languages reiterating the lies of the Goldstone report. Some papers, such as The Guardian, continue to push the libelous report even after it has been thoroughly discredited.



In his first reaction to Goldstone’s retraction, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this weekend called Goldstone’s April 1st Washington Post op-ed “a poor attempt by Goldstone to cleanse his conscience. There can be no forgiveness for Goldstone for the vicious damage he has done to the State of Israel. Goldstone strengthened terrorist groups, weakened moderates and thereby exacerbated the suffering of civilians on both sides.”



The U.S. Senate has passed a unanimous resolution calling on the UN to officially rescind the Goldstone Report and to reform the discredited UN Human Rights Council.

Whereas The New York Times (on both its news and comment pages) appears to be trying to belittle the importance of Goldstone’s retraction, The Wall Street Journal wrote in an editorial last week that “Mr. Goldstone should now have the decency to retire from public life.”

And though several European Union states, including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, joined the United States and others in opposing the Goldstone report from the beginning, we have yet to hear an apology from the governments of France and Britain which – disgracefully – joined the likes of the regimes in Libya, Iran, Syria and Burma in voting for the Goldstone report at the U.N. General Assembly.

-- Tom Gross

(There is also an update to the previous dispatch -- The New York Times “Goldstones” Israel again -- here.)


From the Saudi paper Al-Watan, April 7, 2011

From the Palestinian paper, Filastin, April 5, 2011. The “Jew” cuts Goldstone’s tongue out.

From the Jordanian paper, Ad-Dustur, April 7, 2011. (The writing in Arabic reads “Goldstone Report”.)

From the Arabic-language website of the Qatari-based TV netowrk Al-Jazeera, April 7, 2011

From the Qatari paper, Ar-Raya, April 6, 2011

From the UAE paper, Al-Bayan, April 6, 2011

From the UAE publication, Al-Imarat Al-Yawm, April 6, 2011

From the Arabic-language website of the Qatari-based TV network Al-Jazeera, April 7, 2011

As nasty as these cartoons are, they are not as repulsive as these ones following last year’s flotilla incident, or these ones.

(With thanks to the ADL, the senior staff of which subscribe to this email list, for research in compiling the Goldstone cartoons.)

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