April 25, 2013
Having just returned from a four-day trip to The Netherlands to discuss the ever-growing topic of anti-Semitism, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is protesting a cartoon published in the Dutch newspaper, De Volksrant by Jos Collignon which uses Nazi imagery to depict Israel as a threat to world peace. Below is his protest submitted to Volkskrant editor-in-chief:
"Last week I met in the Hague with Deputy Prime Minister Asscher, intelligence officials, and Dutch Parliamentarians at The Hague to discuss the posting by Sharriah4Dutch of a new fatwa about attacking European Churches and Synagogues and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's alarm over growing anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. I referred to the respected Ebert Foundation poll that showed over 38% of Dutch respondents said that Israel is exterminating Palestinians the way the Germans exterminated the Jews! Shocking? Perhaps not, considering decisions like your paper's to publish a cartoon [see photo] depicting Israel as the lying hooked-nosed religious Chasidic Jew commiserating with a North Korean counterpart over their nuclear capabilities. Never mind that it is Mullahs in Tehran who are working hand-in-hand with Pyongyang to threaten regional and world peace. Never mind that no Arab leader feels threatened by Israel's nuclear capabilities, only Iran's nuclear ambitions. So it seems that tried and true Nazi Jew-hatred imagery still works for at least 38% of your fellow Dutchmen.
Perhaps though as editor-in-chief you might want to apologize for the timing of this particular outrage as it came 24 hours after an Iranian citizen burst into a synagogue in Paris where he stabbed a (hooked nosed?) Rabbi and his 18 year-old son screaming, "Allah Akhbar".
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