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.
My Word: And justice after all?
Setting the record straight on Goldstone
“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
“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