Young Israel Condemns Anti-Semitic Cartoon


gazacartoon-smallThe National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) has strongly condemned an anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. The syndicated cartoon, which was drawn by political cartoonist Pat Oliphant, portrays an image of a headless sword-bearing, goose-stepping person who is pushing a Jewish Star with fangs. The headless figure is chasing a woman holding a child with the word “Gaza” emblazoned on her cloak.

“This highly offensive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel cartoon crosses all boundaries of basic human decency,” said NCYI President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky. “By conjuring up Nazi imagery and portraying Israel as a ruthless aggressor who relishes terrorizing innocent civilians, this cartoon perpetuates the dissemination of dangerous propaganda that incites further hatred.”

“Mr. Oliphant has deliberately skewed the facts, revised history, and turned a blind eye to the fact that Israel has repeatedly been forced to protect its citizenry from acts of terrorism and martyrdom that have tragically claimed the lives of innocent men, women, and children,” added Mostofsky. “Mr. Oliphant’s twisted sense of artistic expression is quite repugnant and leaves a lot to be desired.”

gazacartoonThe National Council of Young Israel called on Mr. Oliphant and Universal Press Syndicate, the entity that distributes Mr. Oliphant’s cartoons, to issue public apologies for the distasteful nature of the cartoon. In addition, the National Council of Young Israel urged the media outlets that carry Oliphant’s cartoons to remove this particular cartoon from their web sites.

{Elisha Newscenter}


  1. Listen to Rabbi Yaakov Spivak and his ideas about what to do about this dangerous nut Oliphant. He needs a caricaturist to do part of his idea. This anti semite must be stopped immediately.

  2. I just don’t see how we have the right to cry “anti-semitism” over this given reports earlier this week of t-shirts being worn by Israeli soldiers: A depiction of a pregnant Arab woman scoped in on a gun sight and the caption “one shot, two kills;” a child in the center of a target that reads “The smaller, the harder;” a Palestinian mother weeping next to her dead baby’s grave, also in the crosshairs of a rifle with the slogan “Better use Durex;” and these are just a few examples… there are more depicting the most despicable acts. As the famous quote goes: “We have met the enemy and it is us!” When you act like Nazis c”v you can’t complain being compared to Nazis