Purported Holocaust Denier Working for ‘Occupy AIPAC’
The cartoonist, who came in at second place in the Iranian-backed International Holocaust Cartoon competition, is now using his artistic abilities to benefit ‘Occupy AIPAC,’ the organization that seeks to de-legitimize Israel and its supporters, in an effort to counter this week’s annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The artist, Carlos Latuff, equates Israeli leaders with Nazis, likens the ‘Palestinians’ to Jewish victims during the Holocaust and accuses the Israel Defense Forces of committing war crimes.
He “is one of the more prolific anti-Semitic cartoonists on the web, with a staggering amount of work dedicated to advancing explicitly anti-Semitic political imagery,” said Adam Levick, managing editor of CiF Watch, a blog that combats anti-Semitism.
In his article entitled, “Anti-Semitic Cartoons on Progressive Blogs,” Levick states that Latuff “advances the narrative that Israel is a unique and immutable evil in the world. His work includes imagery clearly indicating moral equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany, which he has explicitly acknowledged to be his view.”
I did a bit of research, and while you could make that case that the cartoonist is Anti-US and Anti-Israel, or even anti Semitic, it’s hard to find where he’s a holocaust denier. There’s a whole lot of far right bloggers parroting that line however, from Israel Matzav to the sublimely ridiculous liar, Weasel Zippers.
In his cartoons he subverts and turns holocaust imagery against Israel, something that’s pretty infuriating for Israel supporters like me, but… by recognizing the power of those symbols and the evils that swastikas etc represent, his cartoons intrinsically recognize the holocaust even as he tries to subvert the imagery to his causes.