Hurricane Harvey victims portrayed as neo-Nazis on Charlie Hebdo cover

Freedom of speech is at the forefront of discussion once again.

By
September 1, 2017 09:25
2 minute read.
Charlie Hebdo

A man poses with the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo at a cafe in Nice.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The French satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo depicted the victims of Texas' Hurricane Harvey as neo-Nazis on the cover of their weekly magazine on Tuesday, with the text  "God exists, He drowned the neo-Nazis of Texas."

The magazine, known for their fight for freedom of speech and brazen cartoons, created a lot of buzz on social media for their artistic expression.

Lou Dobbs, television personality for Fox News, called the cover "disgusting," as many others were upset about the cartoon as well.




American Gunslinger, a firearm advocacy group, accused the French of forgetting history, saying that "22 Texans died in WWII [World War Two] fighting real Nazis."


Others however, saw a different picture and advocated for the basic right for freedom of speech.

Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor, Kumail Nanjiani, criticized the cover, but also took it as an "indication of how some of the world sees US right now."



Ali Rzivi, author of the book The Atheist Muslim and Huffington Post blogger, criticized the American Right's condemnation of the cover and their reaction to the cartoon, calling them out on his Facebook page and describing them as "hyper-reflexive, triggered snowflakes complaining about hurt feelings." He also drew a comparison to the Right's reaction to Charlottesville criticism and their reaction to the magazine cover, saying that "Everyone should absolutely have the right to say what they want—and that includes neo-Nazis and the KKK—but this doesn't mean what they're saying is righteous. It also doesn't mean you can't speak up against them."



The cover comes after events in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, where white supremacists held a rally, causing world-wide uproar and leaving one woman dead.

This is just one of many controversial covers by Charlie Hebdo. After last month's deadly attack in Barcelona, the satirical magazine featured a cover depicting two people bleeding out on the floor as a van speeds off, with the text "Islam, eternal religion of peace."


Related Content

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province
June 17, 2019
End appeasement toward Iran's regime, urges top selling German paper

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

Cookie Settings