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German Newspaper Depicts Israel as 'Ravenous Monster'

Leading German daily newspaper sparks outrage after publishing cartoon depicting Israel as a beast devouring German military weapons.
By Rina Tavi
First Publish: 7/3/2013, 6:27 PM

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German newspaper stand
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A leading German daily newspaper sparked outrage after publishing a cartoon on Tuesday depicting Israel as a beast devouring German military weapons.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" newspaper for publishing the anti-Semitic cartoon.

"Let us be clear - like every other democracy, Israel is never above reproach or criticism. However, the depiction of the Jewish state as a ravenous monster deploys a classic tool of dehumanization/animalization,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center the Simon Wiesenthal.

“Such horrific stereotypes were all-too devastatingly deployed by the propaganda machines of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union," he said.

The caption reads: "Germany is serving. For decades now, Israel has been given weapons, in parts for free. Israel's enemies think it is a ravenous Moloch. Peter Beinart deplores this situation."


Cooper continued by stating that, "the characterization of the Jewish State as a ravenous Moloch - an idol to whom children were sacrificed - is a blatant anti-Semitic canard. The attempt to mention a Jewish critic of Israel is a failed fig leaf that neither justifies nor covers up the hate masquerading as political commentary."


The organization then called on the editors to apologize to their readers, the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

“We also hope that German NGOs and personalities will publicly denounce this slander," the Wiesenthal Center said in a statement.