NEW YORK – Judge Richard Goldstone’s Washington Post mea culpa, retracting several findings of his United Nations-sponsored inquiry into Operation Cast Lead, has ignited new flames of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the Arab world, according to the Anti- Defamation League.

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“Just as the original report was celebrated by Arab cartoonists as ‘proof’ of the evil nature of Israel and Jews, so too has the decision by Judge Richard Goldstone to reconsider his findings inspired another round of hateful caricatures and stereotypes in the Arab media,” said ADL’s national director Abe Foxman.

“Newspapers across the Arab world have responded to the Goldstone developments with a series of hideous caricatures, many of them viciously anti- Semitic,” he said.

Caricatures in Arab newspapers depicted illustrations of conspiracy theories that suggested “the Jewish lobby” had pressured Goldstone to change his findings.

In the Hamas newspaper Filastin on April 5, two days after the Goldstone op-ed appeared, an editorial cartoon showed a Jew, depicted with a large nose, beard and black hat and labeled “The Jewish Lobby,” holding Goldstone’s tongue (labeled the “Goldstone Report”) and scissors.

Sample cartoons can be found at the ADL’s website here: http://www.adl.org/main_Arab_World/arab_anti_semitism_cartoons_2011

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