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The Demonization of Israel

The Demonization of Israel



Demonization of Israel is anti-Semitism according to the Working Definitions from the EU and the U.S. What is demonization? What are the Working Definitions? This slideshow answers those questions and ...

Demonization of Israel is anti-Semitism according to the Working Definitions from the EU and the U.S. What is demonization? What are the Working Definitions? This slideshow answers those questions and features graphic examples from published media of political cartoons that demonize Israel.



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  • Very vivid and gripping analysis of anitsemetism in its current form in Europe. I signed the petition and I hope that this evil can be stopped.
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  • Hi Ulf,

    Thanks for commenting. Indeed, The Sunday Times (and Martin Ivens) has apologized as we noted on our website here:
    and here:

    In our slideshow about demonization, we wanted to show examples without getting into all the lengthier stories (which can be read on honestreporting.com). The German newspaper that published the Moloch cartoon also apologized, but apologies aren't the point for this slideshow; the point is that mistakes or intentional demonization happen, and the damage is real. Here's an example of an error that will continue to cause damage to Israel as long as the story is on the Internet-- even with an apology and correction appended to the original (untrue) story:
    Related infographic with simplified timeline:

    The response you got from Mr. Ivens was much more detailed and specifically 'apologetic' than the coverage we followed and posted. Congratulations on taking action and contributing to the discussion! See you on the media battlefield...
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  • I just want you to know ST did apologize for that cartoon...
    I wrote this....
    It's amazing how we do not learn of history and the same goes for Sunday Times......

    Why do you not make a sincere rememberence article instead of making a joke, don't you think the judish victims deserve that?....It's so sad this is going on in Britain...

    Ulf C

    Dear Ulf
    I am grateful to you for writing to The Sunday Times and expressing your views so clearly. I’d like to apologise at the outset for the offence caused by Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon published last Sunday.
    Its publication was a terrible mistake. The timing – on Holocaust Memorial Day - was inexcusable. The associations on this occasion were grotesque. As someone who understands the history and iconography in this context, I appreciate fully why publication has caused such offence and I apologise unreservedly for my part in that.
    I sought an urgent meeting with leading members of the Jewish community, and am pleased to say that we got together on Tuesday evening. It was a frank but constructive meeting. Mick Davis, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, accepted my apology on behalf of the group and told the press afterwards that the community “now looks forward to constructively moving on from this affair”.
    I hope you will find this reply reassuring, I thank you again for your correspondence.
    Yours sincerely

    Martin Ivens
    Acting Editor
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    The Demonization of Israel The Demonization of Israel Presentation Transcript

    • HonestReporting Defending Israel From Media Bias The Demonization of Israel Shocking…! Disgusting…! and Graphic!!
    • Is Israel a Monster?
    • Is Israel a Monster?
    • What is Demonization? Trying to make someone or a group of people seem as if they are evil. Describing somebody/something in a way that is intended to make other people think of them as dangerous. Marking out or describing as evil or culpable. Definitions from Cambridge Dictionaries, The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, and The Collins Dictionary.
    • Demonization of Israel is considered anti-Semitism according to the working definition from the European Union and the U.S. State Department. The EU working definition states, in part: “Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism include, but are not limited to: Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”
    • The U.S. State Department adds the following in regard to Israel. The U.S. working definition states, in part: “Examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include: Demonizing Israel: Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis.”
    • A few contemporary examples
    • Israel as Moloch the Demon Horns Moloch is gluttonous and ravenous Printed caption: “Germany is serving. For decades now, Israel has been given weapons, and partly free of charge. Israel’s enemies think it is a ravenous Moloch. Peter Beinart deplores this situation.” This appeared in Germany’s most widely-read broadsheet daily Süddeutsche Zeitung in July, 2013. Moloch was a Canaanite and Phoenician deity associated with child sacrifice.
    • Netanyahu Cementing Peace Caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Blood as mortar: a trope of antiSemitism since the Passover matza blood libels Palestinian victims This “commentary” on an Israeli election appeared in The Sunday Times (UK) on Holocaust Memorial Day, January 2013.
    • The Gaza Flotilla “Human rights” under attack Big nose Bloody knife Anti-semitic Israel trope: as a worldNazi spanning entity grip Tentacles spell out message in Arabic Images of Israel as a monster proliferated across the Internet in the wake of the Gaza flotilla in 2010. Pro-Palestinian activists worked feverishly to present Israel as the aggressor, even depicting Israel as holding a bloodstained knife. In reality, the “activists” on the ship were the ones holding bloody knives.
    • The Jews as Monsters A horrific satire published by Norwegian daily Dagbladet in May, 2013. One panel from the ongoing full-length comic book series, “Foreskin Man.” Modern anti-Semitic images are not limited to demonization of Israel. Some demonize the Jews collectively. The above cartoons present the Jewish ritual of circumcision as a barbaric practice carried out by fiends.
    • Demonization in the Arabic Press Bullets as blooddripping fangs Some of the worst examples of anti-Semitic images today appear in the Arabic language press. The above appeared in al-Balad, the second most popular newspaper in Lebanon, in 2010.
    • What You Can Do Click here Demand that all media outlets publicly adopt the EU and U.S. definitions and stop the demonization of Israel.
    • Thank You HonestReporting Defending Israel From Media Bias