Israeli Envoy Asks Norwegian Newspaper for Apology Over Anti-Israel Cartoon of Netanyahu


A Norwegian daily newspaper has been asked to apologize and remove a cartoon it published Tuesday, which has been criticized as anti-Semitic.

The Dagbladet newspaper portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaped in the form of a swastika, punching a member of Israel’s Druze minority off a bench reading “whites only.”

Israel’s ambassador to Norway has now called for the outlet to apologize and called the offending cartoon portrayal  “an example of the most repulsive imaginable anti-Semitic imagery.”

This is not the first time Dagbladet has been accused of anti-Semitism. In 2015 it was condemned for publishing a comic strip that compared Israel to Nazi Germany and North Korea as a “nation of murderers.”

A November 2011 cartoon published by the paper controversially equated the Holocaust with the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Then, in 2013, the paper published a gory cartoon in opposition to the Jewish ritual of circumcising baby boys.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center at the time denounced the “blood libel cartoon” as “so virulently anti-Semitic it would make Hitler and Himmler weep tears of joy.”

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