Rabbi protests Dutch paper's anti-Israel cartoon

Jewish rights rabbi sends letter of protest over cartoon which portrays Israel as a threat to world peace.

April 26, 2013 05:19
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Dutch protesters shout anti-Israel slogans in 2010

Dutch anti-israel 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, sent a letter of protest on Thursday to the editor-in-chief of Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, for publishing a political cartoon depicting Israel as a threat to world peace, alongside North Korea.

"It seems that tried and true Nazi Jew-hatred imagery still works for at least 38% of your fellow Dutchmen," Cooper's letter said.

The "38%" Cooper is referring to, is the percentage of Dutch correspondents, responding to a poll taken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 2011, who feel that Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians.

Cooper was in Hague last week to meet with top Dutch officials over a Sharriah4Dutch posting which called for a new fatwa to attack European Churches and Synagogues, according to the letter.

"Perhaps...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 Pairs where he stabbed a (hooked nosed?) Rabbi and his 18-year-old son (while) screaming Allah Akhbar," the letter continued.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center's mission as stated on it's website "is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

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