Australian cartoonist causes furore across the U.S.

March 26, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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Australian cartoonist Pat Oliphant has published a cartoon depicting a goose-stepping, sword-brandishing figure wheeling a Star of David with shark’s teeth towards a diminished, cowering figure named “Gaza”.

The offending cartoon

The offending cartoon

The cartoon, published  by the Washington Post and New York Times but syndicated throughout the U.S., has invoked a furious response from the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman who labelled it “hideously anti-Semitic”.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles said the cartoon was meant to demonise Israel.

A 1967 Pulitzter Prize winner, Oliphant has gone to ground and has not responded to media requests for a comment or the ADL crtisicism.

He was in hot water two months ago when he created a cartoon seen by critics as the caricature of a violent chimpanzee shot dead by police bearing a resemblance to President Obama.

Oliphant moved from Australia to the United States in 1964.

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