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‘Anti-semitic’ cartoon in Berkeley student paper mocking Alan Dershowitz blasted as ‘offensive, appalling’



Berkeley is back in the news again. This time for a disgusting anti-Semitic attack against Harvard professor and famed attorney Alan Dershowitz. A man I greatly admire even though I disagree with him politically on certain things. I never thought that in 2017, I would have to continually write about the hatred of Jews and continuous attacks on Israel. But here we are. The student newspaper at UC Berkeley posted an editorial cartoon and it’s just as bad and appalling as you would think it is. It looks like propaganda straight out of Der Sturmer.

It’s always about the “Jooos”

The Daily Californian cartoon depicts Dershowitz’s smiling face poking through a wall while on the other side he’s stomping on someone holding a Palestinian flag and supporting in his hand a gun-toting Israel Defense Forces soldier who’s standing over a bloody body. When I first saw it I was just livid. It’s so over the top and outrageous, I can’t fathom the sick mind that concocted it. “The image contains classic stereotypes of Jews: a figure with a hooked nose and thick lips acting in a conniving and dishonest manner to cover up a bloody crime,” Israel advocates Stand with Us said in a statement. And they nailed it… that’s a perfect description of this offensive piece of trash.

Carol Christ is a chancellor at University of California, Berkeley. She slammed the paper in a letter to the editor over this disgrace. She called it “offensive, appalling and deeply disappointing.” I call it alarming and disturbing. Not to mention hateful. Christ’s condemnation comes a few months after she doubled down on her commitment to free speech on Berkeley’s campus. “We must show that we can choose what to listen to,” Christ wrote in August, “that we can cultivate our own arguments, and that we can develop inner resilience” in the face of controversial ideas and opinions.

Alan Dershowitz had this to say:

“I condemn its publication. Are you aware that its anti-Semitic imagery connects directly to the centuries-old ‘blood libel’ that falsely accused Jews of engaging in ritual murder? I cannot recall anything similar in The Daily Californian, and I call on the paper’s editors to reflect on whether they would sanction a similar assault on other ethnic or religious groups. We cannot build a campus community where everyone feels safe, respected and welcome if hatred and the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes become an acceptable part of our discourse.”

“It is shocking that this vile depiction was published in Berkeley’s paper of record. The cartoon resembles the grotesque anti-Semitic blood libel propaganda splashed across Der Stürmer in the 1930s, which depicted Jews drinking the blood of gentile children,” Dershowitz wrote in the Daily Californian.

Dershowitz applauded Christ’s stance against the cartoon. “There must be a single standard for criticizing all forms of bigotry,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “The chancellor would have criticized a racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-Muslim cartoon. [Carol Christ] was right to criticize the anti-Semitic one.”

A crocodile-tear apology

The editor in chief of The Daily Californian is Karim Doumar. She stated that the paper has “seen with sharp clarity the pain and anger” the Oct. 18 cartoon elicited and “we apologize for this.” Notice how carefully she worded that. She didn’t really apologize for what was done, but for the reaction to it. Not acceptable. “The artist’s intent was to argue that the contents of civil liberties lawyer and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz’s recent lecture at UC Berkeley were hypocritical,” Doumar added. “We regret that the artistic rendering distracted from the discussion the artist was trying to start.” In other words, Dershowitz is a hypocritical Jew and that is basically what we meant. That’s no apology at all. It’s insulting.

More from Doumar’s note:

The criticism we have received reaffirms for us a need for a more critical editing eye, and a stronger understanding of the violent history and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism. We appreciate those who have reached out offering to help us better our understanding of these issues. We will be taking them up on the offer.

I speak fluent bull crap, so let me translate… piss off. Next time, we ‘may’ try and be a bit more subtle in our hatred. Ben Shapiro, brilliant as always, had some stern words over all this that echo mine. There was also a poster featuring Dershowitz that was put up on a bulletin board and someone drew a swastika over his face. Shapiro explains how Dershowitz and Jews are portrayed here in a Nazi-esque manner and they are accused of bloodily occupying Palestine. All propagandic lies. It’s anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Apology, but the cartoon remains

Dershowitz is right… this shows that “there is very little difference between the Nazis of the hard right and the anti-Semites of the hard left.” The cartoon has not been removed from the newspaper’s website and as far as I’m concerned, the apology should not be accepted.