Is a promotional cartoon launched by Nike ahead of the soccer World Cup anti-Semitic? Numerous viewers think it is, and the World Zionist Federation (WZF) thinks they may be right, reported Maariv/NRG Wednesday.
The futuristic cartoon shows the world of sport being taken over by an evil conglomerate that clones existing soccer stars, but whereas the original stars are all colorful people who take risks in the way they play, their clones are all gray and take no risks at all. The conglomerate's symbol, worn by the clones, is the pattern formed by the hexagonal patches that are typical of soccer balls – but is also very similar to a Star of David. In one case, at least, it is worn by a basketball player.