Toon rage in Norway
This time it’s the Jewish community which is up in arms over an “offensive” cartoon. Actually “up in arms” may be putting it a bit strongly, as there has been no rioting, death-threats, or embassy-torching in response to the publication of the cartoon which depicts Israeli PM Ehud Olmert as the infamous SS Major Amon Goeth, who used to amuse himself by sniping at random Jews from his balcony in the Paszow death camp. Instead they have launched a ferocious letter-writing campaign.
The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet (isn’t that a Deputy Dawg cuss-word?) featured the caricature by Finn Graff on July 10. It echoes the scene from Schindler’s List.
According to the BBC, the editor of Dagbladet said the caricature was “within the bounds of freedom of expression”. Israel’s ambassador to Norway disagreed, saying it went beyond free speech, and would be open to prosecution in some countries.