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Edmonton - Canadian Paper Apologizes After Running Cartoon Seen As Anti-Semitic

Published on: August 12, 2019 04:00 PM
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The Edmonton Journal apologized last week after Jewish organizations complained that this editorial cartoon was anti-Semitic. (Malcolm Mayes/Edmonton Journal)The Edmonton Journal apologized last week after Jewish organizations complained that this editorial cartoon was anti-Semitic. (Malcolm Mayes/Edmonton Journal)

Edmonton - A Canadian newspaper that ran a cartoon seen as anti-Semitic has apologized following backlash from the local Jewish community.

The Edmonton Journal cartoon nearly two weeks ago by Malcolm Mayes was about a data breach that exposed personal information belonging to millions of Capital One customers featuring a “data hacker” sitting with a laptop inside a wallet. The hacker had a black beard and a large nose reminiscent of anti-Semitic caricatures of Jews.

“We are disgusted with Mr. Mayes’s cartoon, with your tacit approval of it in your willingness to publish it, or, alternatively, we are astonished by your willful blindness if you did not see the harm that this cartoon would cause,” Jewish Federation of Edmonton President Steven Shafir wrote to the paper’s editorial staff, according to the Canadian Jewish News.

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According to Honest Reporting Canada, a pro-Israel advocacy group, “Mayes has a history of anti-Israel caricatures,” including one in which hands labeled Israel and Hamas are illustrated as pushing Palestinians into a meat grinder.

The Journal apologized on Friday, saying in a statement on its website that it has “been pointed out that the image of the person bears resemblance to anti-Semitic tropes prevalent in some anti-Jewish propaganda. This resemblance was entirely unintentional, but given that association, the Edmonton Journal apologizes for the publication of the cartoon. We are re-examining the procedures we have in place to vet editorial content to avoid future such occurrences.”

Earlier this year, The New York Times apologized for running what it called an “anti-Semitic political cartoon.”



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 Aug 12, 2019 at 04:10 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

He is a funny-looking Bad Guy. There is no indication he is supposed to be a Jew.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 04:18 PM BaruchD Says:

I am sorry. No wiggle room here. The paper knew or can be presumed to have known what they were doing.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM Phineas Says:

eh, borderline. It's the nose

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

He is a funny-looking Bad Guy. There is no indication he is supposed to be a Jew.

Dumb and stupid people like you don't understand the connection.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 05:33 PM Steve Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

He is a funny-looking Bad Guy. There is no indication he is supposed to be a Jew.

Sure, same as blackface is someone who didn't get their makeup matched right.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 06:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Dumb and stupid people like you don't understand the connection.

I agree 100%; however, what can one expect from Paul, who lives with Arabs in Saudi Arabia?

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Dumb and stupid people like you don't understand the connection.

I don’t know what paulinsaudi is doing on this site anyway....his comments are dumber than dumb.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

He is a funny-looking Bad Guy. There is no indication he is supposed to be a Jew.

For most people it doesn't represent a Jew, however, to those who are familiar with antisemitic cartoons, it does have all the key features, except the Kippa. It would seem that the artist did this on purpose (as the beard is otherwise hard to explain), though the paper and audience probably did not make the association.
To #4-7, you guys are idiots.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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BaruchD Says:

I am sorry. No wiggle room here. The paper knew or can be presumed to have known what they were doing.

To your average Joe, who doesn't spend time on the Daily Sturmer, this doesn't appear to be a Jew.

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 Aug 12, 2019 at 10:36 PM Normal Says:

Is that dirt or flies around the hook nosed Jew? Straight from the 1930s Europe.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 11:53 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

#6 I am in Philadelphia for a few more hours, then back to Saudi.

Why isn't the guy with the black hair and the nose an Arab?

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:33 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

For most people it doesn't represent a Jew, however, to those who are familiar with antisemitic cartoons, it does have all the key features, except the Kippa. It would seem that the artist did this on purpose (as the beard is otherwise hard to explain), though the paper and audience probably did not make the association.
To #4-7, you guys are idiots.

It is you, who are the idiot!

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