Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A cartoonist's immoral duty to fire missiles at the Jews

Picture: Palestinian leader Haj amin el Husseini meeting friends in the 1940's before planning the final solution. Husseini's Muslim brotherhood is the forerunner for Hamas whose thugs fire missiles at Israeli children. Leunig's duck is probably hiding under his coat.

Thomas Freedman, who used to have a column in the Melbourne Age once wrote that “criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle East is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest”.

Friedman's words have come back time and time again to expose Jew bashing charlatans and no more so than the despicable Michael Leunig whose rambling justification for last month's outrageous anti-Semitic daubing was published in today's Melbourne Age.

In a long winded rant, Leunig (though denying it) merely confirms his anti-Semitic credentials by justifying his vomit inducing cartoons that liken Israel's self-defence against thousands of missiles fired at civilian targets by Palestinian terrorists to the actions of the Nazis.

This, while many others in the neighbourhood go about their normal day-to-day jobs of butchering civilians and, in the case of Syria shooting their own women and children in the face without so much as a boo or a sympathetic caricature of a duck.

To Leunig, because they have the edge in military superiority and can minimise the damage to their people through technology and better bomb shelters, the Jews in this neighbourhoid have no right to defend themselves against thousands of lethal rockets including highly sophisticated missiles supplied by Tehran and fired at major population centres by the thugs who rule Gaza.

Leunig's portrayal of the Palestinians as being defenceless against Israel's might ignores the fact that the terrorists are armed and guided by the lunatics from populous oil rich Iran (which incidentally idolises Leunig's anti-Semitic cartoons) who are bent on annihilating the Jewish State and murdering its citizens and have no compunction about taking out fellow Muslims along the way when they commit their crimes against humanity. And let us not forget that Leunig is turning a blind eye not only to the malice of these groups and their threats of genocide but also to what are real war crimes.

Leunig also ignores their chilling and hateful slanders against Israel and the Jews. Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League calls the Hamas credo "not just anti-Israel, but profoundly anti-Semitic with racism at its core. The Hamas Charter reads like a modern-day 'Mein Kampf." According to the charter, Jewish people "have only negative traits and are presented as planning to take over the world." It claims that the Jews deserve God's/Allah's enmity and wrath because they received the Scriptures but violated its sacred texts, disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew their own prophets. "The Day of Judgement will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, 'O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.

Only last week the Hamas  politburo chief Khaled Meshaal claimed “victory”  against Israel stating, “Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem, then Haifa and Jaffa”.

By ignoring the context of the conflict and dismissing the hatred inculcated into Palestinian society by Hamas and the other terrorist groups fighting against the Jews, Leunig is not only running cover for their hateful philosophy with every deluded cartoon he draws but is damaging the prospects for peace for all people in the region by giving succour to the extremists who are the true cause of suffering of both the Arabs and the Jews in the area.

Today's rant in which he attempts to justify himself is as pathetic and as hateful as his scribbling. It is his missile against the Jewish people of who this city still contains survivors of Hitler's brutality. 

Michael Leunig has a moral duty to look into their faces, the faces of Israeli children traumatised by the missile fire of the terrorists and of the Palestinian children used as human shields by the barbarians of Hamas and the other terrorist groups  but he can't bring himself to do it.


Anonymous said...

Bravo Wilbur but don't expect the Age to give space to a response to Leunig's ranting as they did to Harold Zwier's recent disgraceful Uncle Tom performance.

The AJDS has virtually no support in the Jewish community yet the Age gave Zwier a voice while stilling the voices of thousands of offended Jews and others who found Leunig's diatribe offensive to the core.

Anonymous said...

Michael Leunig appears as a guest at Palestininian advocacy groups events. And even signed the forward in one of their propaganda catalogues do there is no doubt
He a Palestinian / Arab propagandist

Donna said...

the authors polemic use of language in this article deeply weakness his argument.

Donna said...

In my opinion, the author's polemic use of language in the article deeply weakens his argument.

Unknown said...

@ Donna
Do you know the meaning of polemic?
I thought not.

Mordechai HaYehudi said...

I am sure that not many will be willing to help Michael Leunig when Arabs will finally come after him.

Michael Hudson said...

Given your opinion of The Age you might be interested in reading http://michaelhudson.me/?p=107 Not that I want you to write about it. Cheers.

njptower said...

The Israeli state is performing acts of evil, to say this is is not anti-Semitic , it is pro-humanity

Anonymous said...


I suggest you take a Bex and have a good lie down.

Anonymous said...

As I openly stated on Leunig's facebook page and mine:
Its a shame that someone as talented as Michael Leunig has shown himself to be a true Anti Semite ~ I am appalled that your comprehension of the Palestinian situation is so tilted and skewed. Since the Arab Sheiks have SO MUCH OIL & MONEY ~ when are they going to start looking after their OWN people and stop using them as political footballs.... you only encourage them ~
I was a fan of your work ~ but now when I look at any of your cartoons all I see in my mind is what my family saw 60 odd years ago.... A swastika ! Shame on you!
Andrew N

gulliver_on_tour said...


You didn't read the article did you?