‘Anti-Semitic’ Cartoon Withdrawn From Swedish Exhibition
STOCKHOLM — Organizers of a Christian art exhibit in Sweden have a withdrawn a drawing that Jewish groups said was anti-Semitic.
The drawing by two Swedish pastors showed three rats — one of which carried a rifle — eating what appears to be a map of the Palestinian territories.
The image sparked protests even before the exhibit’s opening Friday in a Stockholm church, including from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which said it depicted Jews as rats.
Bilda, the Christian study center that organized the exhibit, apologized for the “mistake” and said the intention of the drawing was to “describe how all sides in a conflict are losers.”
Bilda spokesman Magnus Stenberg told AP the image was withdrawn from the exhibit and from the group’s website once organizers realized it was being perceived as anti-Semitic.
Well I dunno. I don’t see anything “anti-Semitic” (anti-Jewish) about this cartoon because it is impossible to tell who the “rats” are supposed to represent. Who would recognize the “cheese pieces” as representing the “Palestinian Territories”? The Palestinians claim the entire area of Israel belongs to them, and a Google image of “Palestinian territories” shows a wide variety of geographical areas.
For all we know the “rats” could represent Hamas, for every terrorist attack they commit, Israel takes away a swatch of land that the Palestinians might have otherwise been granted.
There is plenty of Anti-Semitism to go around without freaking out at every opportunity.