Caricatures in the media

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Dagsavisen, January 7th, 2004

Mainstream media in Norway frequently uses cartoons depicting the state of Israel as the quintessential, vicious jew. More often than not this caricature of a villainous jew is depicted as violently oppressing a seemingly powerless neighbour. To the right you can see “the seven synonyms of death”, from the Norwegian daily Dagsavisen, on January 7th, 2004. Dagsavisen is still tied to the labor movement, but not as much as it used to. In this caricature we see a bearded, bignosed man writing down synonyms for death on a scroll. He is wearing a cap which looks sort of jewish.

I have no problem with this sort of caricature as long as a single group of people isn’t singled out for persecution and your basic Norwegian can be relied upon to get the facts of the matter right. When it comes to the middle east however, it’s uncommon to be even on a nodding aquaintance with historical developments and those who are will be against them. Even Camp David 2000 is considered arcane and venerable knowledge indeed and anyday soon one of our policians might well tell us that it was all a kabbalistic show of smoke and mirrors and we’ll all go “Ah! So clever the jews… so clever…”

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To the left you see Sharon dressed as as Nazi. I think it’s ten years now that I’ve heard people talk about similarities between Israel and Nazi-Germany. The comparison has been pretty much drilled into us in a classic Pavlovian conditioning.

As you might know, we Norwegians are unhappy with the Nazis as they occupied our country, foiled us into handing them our tiny Jewish population, and duped quite a few thousand of our young men into joining units like SS Viking division.

After the war we shot a couple of the most prominent collaborators, such as Quisling, and hounded the rest of them (and their children) for the rest of their lives. Some of our jews managed to survive the concentration camps and came back and pestered us about their possessions, which had found their ways into new hands. Sometimes their possessions were returned to them but we “got the jews back” by making them pay a hefty administration fee. Taking all of this into consideration it does appear a bit fresh for us to accuse Israel of being “like” Nazi-Germany, especially when we don’t provide any serious arguments. But it’s when you remember Haji Amin el-Husseini that the Nazi-Israel-comparison thing gets seriously creepy.

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Aftenposten, April 5th, 2002

To the right we see Israeli tanks firing at the star of Bethlehem. This illustration is from Aftenposten 05-april-2002. Most Norwegians are not very devout, but we do enjoy our star of Bethlehem. The star of Bethlehem is in fact our very favorite and we sing about it every Christmas in Alf Prøysens classic Julekveldsvise. If we associate anything with the spirit of Christmas it is the star of Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ and a drawing such as this one really rams the point home: Israel is a warmongerer and a villain. You can’t say it any clearer than this. It actually makes me sad just to look at it, that’s how potent this picture is.

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Inge Grødum, Aftenposten, December 31st, 2002

To the left we have the-jewish-plan-on-the-christian-new-years-eve, by Inge Grødum of Aftenposten,  on December 31st, 2002. The jew, we see, is tying a noose from palestinian shawles. He is, we are led to presume, plotting to lynch someone.

Again, in isolation I have nothing against caricatures. They’re good fun and early in the morning before I’ve had my coffee a caricature is just about as much as my dazed intellect can handle.

But Israel is not negatively framed “once in a while”, or “just as much as any other nation”. It’s every time the middle eastern powder keg goes off, and most of the time in between as well. We don’t pay nearly as much attention to any of Israel’s neighbors.

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Oddmund Mikkelsen, Hamar Arbeiderblad, July 12th, 2003

To the right we see a caricature by Oddmund Mikkelsen, which ran in Hamar Arbeiderblad on July 12th, 2003. With characteristic wit the artist has turned Sharon into Satan. It is quite commonplace to see the state of Israel caricatured in a religous context like this. Other examples of it are Israeli tanks firing at the star of Bethlehem (above) and the three wise men caricature (below). As mentioned Norwegians aren’t large for churches, but once you pull religion into the equation it’s pretty much a dividing line. Israel is predominantly Jewish, this we know. Come to think of it, Israel is actually the only Jewish state in existance. This is why people make a ruccus about anti-Semitism every now and then; if Israel is singled out for special treatment time and time again, and Israel is also the world’s only Jewish state and the single home nation of history’s most persecuted people, isn’t it just possible that there is a connection? People won’t have it, of course. Nonsense, they say, rubbish. Israel is a state just like any other state and we’re in our full right to critisize it on par with any other state. Which isn’t what we are doing at all, because we are quite obviously obsessed with Israel in a uniquely scary and malignant way.

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Roar Hagen, "Roadmap for peace", Verdens Gang, May 30th, 2003

To the left we have Roar Hagen’s Roadmap for peace, from Verdens Gang, May 30th, 2003. This is fine artwork indeed. See how the road to peace runs along that big nose? Big nose wink wink know what I mean snigger snigger? The road to peace runs up the nose of Israel, and what a steep and treachorous journey that is! The jew is drowsy, calm, not particularly excited by the presence of peace… Imagine if the jew wakes up… he might swallow peace just by accident! Oh yes he could. And wouldn’t he too, the jew?

This sort of artistic freedom we just can’t get enough of , we have so much of in Scandinavia we should export it. Somebody please take Roar Hagen of our hands already.

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Ulf Aas, Aftenposten, June 6th, 1992

To the right we have a drawing by Ulf Aas, from Aftenposten, June 6th, 1992. The drawing shows us a rat sitting by the star of David, with the suggestful text beneath saying “A better breed of human”. It was printed after the 1982 massacres at Sharbra and Shatilla in Lebanon, which allegedly only could take place because Israel was intentionally looking the other way. Let’s be grateful the quality of the picture is as bad as it is, I remember seeing it in fresh ink and it was awful. This is just about one of the most brutal pieces of political violence I have ever seen. Even back in the 1930s people weren’t able to be any cruder than this. It’s simply the bottom of the barrel with no intelligence or wit left, not even sarcasm, not even irony, just pure old, raw hatred against a people who have never done us any harm and whose history and culture we don’t know. And this time there is no escaping the fact that this drawing is aimed at Jews. Not at Israelis, but Jews as a people. Imagine seeing this in your newspaper for breakfast and having your daughter ask you how come you’re so pale.

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Finn Graff, Dagbladet, January 24th, 2002

To the left we see our old friend the Star of Bethlehem, except here it has obviously been corrupted into the star of David. Look! The three wise men from the East are scurrying across the sands below. The caricature is by the legendary Finn Graff and ran in Dagbladet, January 24th, 2002.

As in caricatures above and beneath this one, we see how religious symbols are used in order to contrast Christianity with Judaism. We see the star of Bethlehem (our star!) replaced by the star of David (their star!) in which the champion of the Palestinian cause is spreadeagled and helpless. Arafat, the only secular part of the drawing, has been taken hostage.

I remember how a teacher at school taught us about Yassir Arafat. She told us that he was a man of infinite love and compassion for the Jewish people, and that he sympathised with them for the sufferings they had undergone and that while patience was running thin among some of his people, and some were saying that they should hit back at the Israelis, Yassir Arafat stood firm and announced that he would never, never ever treat the Jews the same way they had treated him and his kind. And this wasn’t even during political indoctrination class, it was crafts. If you happen to be Norwegian and recognise this kind of experience from your own childhood, please drop us a line and share. There are good things about Scandinavia, but sometimes we are just plain silly. In the case of Arafat, he looked upon Haji Amin al-Husseini as his hero.

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Inge Grødum, Aftenposten, April 13th, 2003.

To the right we see a piece by Inge Grødum, from Aftenposten on April 13th, 2003. The heading of the article says “A macabre dance of death”, and the words coming from the machinegun toting Ariel Sharon’s mouth are: “Who dares to throw the last stone?” One of Sharon’s eyes are closed, the other eye is aiming. In the background we see a bloody corpse.

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Finn Graff, Dagbladet, July 10th, 2006

To the left we see Finn Graff’s masterpiece from Dagbladet, on July 10th, 2006. Here we see Israels Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a concentration camp commander. He is displaying a sniper rifle and in the background we see a splash of blood against the dreary grey walls of the prison walls. The arch of the gateway is lined with the words “Jedem das seine” – “everyone gets his”.

Again this is a comparison of Israel with Nazi-Germany. As discussed above, Norway does not exactly have a clean slate herself when it comes to WWII. Yet we of course have the right, indeed the moral obligation, to express rage and horror when atrocities are committed. The question is  whether Israel is carrying out criminal acts on such a scale that such a comparison is justifiable.

Nazi-Germany, under its dictator Adolf Hitler, sought the systematic destruction of the entire Jewish people. Is Israel, which somehow has managed to preserve its democratic, western-style structure, likewise guilty of genocide? The answer to this question depends upon the extent to which you find The protocols of the elders of Zion, or the charter of Hamas, credible sources of information. Let’s hope that you don’t.

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Inge Grøndum, "The extremists war", Aftenposten, July 15th, 2006

To the right: Inge Grøndum’s “The extremists war”, Aftenposten, July 15th, 2006. This cartoon depicts Ehud Olmert as a tank commander, looking at his blood-soaked tracks. See the tiny fella, standing at the far right? That’s Iran. The text at the bottom “Ekstremistenes krig” means exactly that – the extremists war. Israel and Hezbollah both, in our neck of the woods.

This was during the war in Lebanon, from where Hezbollah had been firing rockets into Israel for a sustained period of time. Like the recent war against Hamas in Gaza, the war in Lebanon was fought in densly populated areas. If Hezbollah took action to meet their arch-enemy on the battlegrounds, away from their civilians, it was not brought to my attention.

I remember a colleague of mine coming into my office during this war, her voice shaking with emotion as she decried the shameless Israeli aggression. How could Israel punish the population of Lebanon so, when they were not to blame for the attacks? I understand her reaction and emphasize with it, but it’s during incidents like this that Bob Dylan springs to mind. “He should have destroyed the bomb factory – in nobody’s land – the bombs were made for him – he was supposed to feel bad”

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"Move over!" Inge Grødum, Aftenposten, December 5th, 2001.

To the right:Israel sitting on Yassir Arafat. Israel says “Move over!” Inge Grødum, Aftenposten, December 5th, 2001.

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"Landrobbers", Morten M. Kristiansen, Verdens Gang, March 25th, 2004.

To the left: “Landrobbers” by Morten M. Kristiansen, Verdens Gang, March 25th, 2004.

This caricature is highly relevant. The common Norwegian perception is that Israel was a gift from the allied western nations, that was paid for at the expense of the Palestinian nation. Very few Norwegians are steeped in middle eastern history and you just can’t expect the man in the street to be familiar with the labyrinth of events that resulted in the state of Israel in 1948. You can expect the man in the street to start a pogrom. Instead of being elitist and hating him when he does, you need to be cordially inclined and love him when he doesn’t. How hard can it be?

The correct antidote to the ignorance of the general public is to educate said public, a feat of such magnitude that it must immediately be accepted as an impossibility. Our schoolchildren have more than enough on their plates as it is and we cannot possibly expect the history of landgrabbers to be squeezed into their curriculum. The solution here lies in exposing the attitudes of the Norwegian elites to the outside world for what it is; cowardly, self-righteous ignorance.

inge-grc3b8dum-aftenposten-july-26th-2006To the right we can admire Inge Grødum’s artwork as displayed in Aftenposten on July 26th, 2006. The artist demonstrates a certain distrust to the state of Israel, does he not? Good enough, the man is entitled to his opinion. But isn’t it curious how his opinions seem so oddly restricted to the middle east? And not just any old part of the middle east, but Israel. Not Syria, not Iran, not Jordan. Only Israel. It appears to be his hobby.

ehud-olmert-ser-hezbollah-leder-hasan-nasrallah-vg1To the left; In Verdens Gang, Israels Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sees Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah in his own reflection in the mirror. Observe how Olmert’s feet are hairy and clawed, the feet of a demon or a beast. The idea of Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas being “similarly” extremist is widespread in Norway.

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This cartoon appeared onThursday January 8th on the very same day that cries of "Kill the Jews" were heard (in arabic) during a march in which, among others, Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen took part. Note that the Minister does not speak arabic and as such may be excused for not understanding the calls. From Document.no

8 comments for “Caricatures in the media

  1. Lois E. Browm
    April 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    How dare they!!! Where have they been all these years since the Holocaust?
    Don’t they read or see what’s going on? Too bad for Norway, I once thought they were decent people.

  2. Hmmm
    June 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Could you not abandon yourself? Or at least the fallacies you propagate with your idiocy? These “caricatures” are more factual than anything else pervaded around on this sorry excuse for a website.

    You, sir, are just another cog in the repugnant Zionist machine. God willing, it will fall. But you? What of YOU…? Death comes for us all, but something much worse comes for you.

    Peace.

  3. June 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Oh, look guys – spring is here and weird creepie crawlies come out from underneath their stones. Always entertaining. Getting my pop corn out.

  4. greedy leeches
    September 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I am sooooo happy that the info about the evil greedy murderous thieving kike, jew is out.
    Your days of robbing invading our countries are nearly over uggly demons jesus tol: they are like their father the devil.
    OUT OF OUR COUNTRIES LUCIFER there was only the HOLOHOAX we all know kikes have been the most hated despised demons on the face of the earth.
    Go back to hell where you came from with your puppet obama greedy assholes
    your days of robbing are over too many enemies bastards out of our countries uggly bitches I say what i want kike

  5. September 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    wow such eloquence. Can only come from a true red-neck! marysmith@gmail.com
    71.99.12.191

  6. aksel
    March 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Is it at any time possible to draw a caricature of a person that is Jewish without being accused of antisemitism?

    By the way, one major reason for norwegian skepticism towards Israel is the 20 000 norwegians serving with the UN in south Lebanon. Most of them left Norway as pro Israel and returned with first hand experience and a healthy skepticism for the way the state of Israel “protects” them selves. 5 Norwegian soldiers were proven to have been killed by IDF. Until 2010 Israel was the number one killer of Norwegian soldiers since the second world war. Wonder how Israel would have reacted to Norwegians killing 5 israeli soliders. They would have demanded blood to be spilled, not ink…

  7. March 9, 2014 at 12:22 am

    can you name these 5 persons for me and also provide details of their deaths?
    As for the Norwegian contingent serving for the UNIFIL. It has long ago been establishes that they were inadequately prepared, held highly biased ideas about the region and had no knowledge of the conflict they were asked to help resolve.

  8. : )
    March 9, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Aksel:

    as I know the story about Libanon all that went down there read probably this:
    http://www.norvetnet.no/blueberet/Blue_Beret_20_1.pdf

    If these people has any mental issues now after and drag the shit they experience in a UN operation into the Norwegian defence I think we all should remember that these people earned a lot in UN! And that most of them don’t go around like you and spread lies and hate. Get menta if you see carton and PST equal. Its sad that people lost their mind in Lebanon, most sad for girl friends and wifes that has been given the worst of these men! Now its people that go to Syria that needs focus most.

    McG these five names please give them to DMT then they can take it to PST and help this families if they are on their own mission. Just as one has to investigate all families after 22/7 that lose controll and become insane! Aksel the Norwegian Jews has nothing to do with Israel in this way if you can’t see that you are just sick!

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