The Demonization of Israel

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Demonization of Israel is anti-Semitism according to the Working Definitions from the EU and the U.S. What is demonization? What are the Working Definitions? This slideshow answers those questions and features graphic examples from published media of political cartoons that demonize Israel.

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  • HonestReporting Defending Israel From Media Bias The Demonization of Israel Shocking! Disgusting! and Graphic!!
  • Is Israel a Monster?
  • Is Israel a Monster?
  • What is Demonization? Trying to make someone or a group of people seem as if they are evil. Describing somebody/something in a way that is intended to make other people think of them as dangerous. Marking out or describing as evil or culpable. Denitions from Cambridge Dictionaries, The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, and The Collins Dictionary.
  • Demonization of Israel is considered anti-Semitism according to the working denition from the European Union and the U.S. State Department. The EU working definition states, in part: Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism include, but are not limited to: Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • The U.S. State Department adds the following in regard to Israel. The U.S. working definition states, in part: Examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include: Demonizing Israel: Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • A few contemporary examples
  • Israel as Moloch the Demon Horns Moloch is gluttonous and ravenous Printed caption: Germany is serving. For decades now, Israel has been given weapons, and partly free of charge. Israels enemies think it is a ravenous Moloch. Peter Beinart deplores this situation. This appeared in Germanys most widely-read broadsheet daily Sddeutsche Zeitung in July, 2013. Moloch was a Canaanite and Phoenician deity associated with child sacrice.
  • Netanyahu Cementing Peace Caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Blood as mortar: a trope of antiSemitism since the Passover matza blood libels Palestinian victims This commentary on an Israeli election appeared in The Sunday Times (UK) on Holocaust Memorial Day, January 2013.
  • The Gaza Flotilla Human rights under attack Big nose Bloody knife Anti-semitic Israel trope: as a worldNazi spanning entity grip Tentacles spell out message in Arabic Images of Israel as a monster proliferated across the Internet in the wake of the Gaza otilla in 2010. Pro-Palestinian activists worked feverishly to present Israel as the aggressor, even depicting Israel as holding a bloodstained knife. In reality, the activists on the ship were the ones holding bloody knives.
  • The Jews as Monsters A horrific satire published by Norwegian daily Dagbladet in May, 2013. One panel from the ongoing full-length comic book series, Foreskin Man. Modern anti-Semitic images are not limited to demonization of Israel. Some demonize the Jews collectively. The above cartoons present the Jewish ritual of circumcision as a barbaric practice carried out by ends.
  • Demonization in the Arabic Press Bullets as blooddripping fangs Some of the worst examples of anti-Semitic images today appear in the Arabic language press. The above appeared in al-Balad, the second most popular newspaper in Lebanon, in 2010.
  • What You Can Do Click here Demand that all media outlets publicly adopt the EU and U.S. denitions and stop the demonization of Israel.
  • Thank You HonestReporting Defending Israel From Media Bias