To promote a recent Royal Albert Hall concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, the BBC commissioned a caricature of famed violinist Leopold Auer for the show playbill. Auer was such a master of the instrument in his day that composers, including Tchaikovsky himself, wrote music specifically to highlight his mastery of the instrument. So, of course, leave it to “the Beeb” to honor such virtuosity thusly:
Local violin teacher Nigel Goldberg had no doubts about the poor choice of artwork and how it was presented in the booklet. “It is an anti-Semitic cartoon and it is completely out of context,” he said. “There is no explanation of the image at all. Anyone I’ve shown it to, Jewish or not, has been stunned.”
Sadly, in this day and age, this image is tame by comparison to the way Jews and Israel are portrayed in the media all over the world, and not just in Arab and Muslim countries where this sort of thing has been a staple. Take for instance this cartoon from 2013, printed in a Norwegian newspaper supporting Germany’s unsuccessful attempt to ban circumcision:
Or this one from the Facebook page of Occupy Wall Street:
Recall that Zucotti Park was rife with anti-Semitic posters, banners and people spewing the most vile Jew-hatred over loudspeakers. Along with the rapes, robberies, assaults and public defecation, this too was ignored by the media. And yet, this alleged “grassroots movement” was officially embraced by the Democrat Party.
But far too often, anti-Semitism is presented a lot less crudely and even with a veneer of respectability. For example, this from a 2002 edition of the British magazine The New Statesman. The word “conspiracy” connotes criminality, ergo an organized pro-Israel group is criminal, corrupt or otherwise underhanded. Definitely front page “news.”
But this is relatively harmless compared to the twin infamies of Mearshimer & Walt’s The Israel Lobby…
On every issue, the authors start with unproven, anti-Israel assumptions and then look for isolated examples to justify these assumptions. One does not have to take a pro-Israel position to recognize that the authors, despite their reputations, have no interest in producing a serious, balanced work. The result is a sloppy diatribe.
…and in the wake of Israel’s war of self defense in Gaza the hideous Goldstone Report, commissioned by the UN to investigate Israel’s actions in that operation. To say that Richard Goldstone portrayed the IDF as heinous, bloodthirsty monsters even more evil than Hitler’s SS is putting it mildly. Ironically, Goldstone himself recanted his entire report, but the damage was done:
The namesake of the infamous U.N. Goldstone Report, Richard Goldstone, suddenly confessed this past weekend in an article published by The Washington Post, that he had made a mistake. In September 2009, he and his U.N.-sponsored team made the wild accusation that Israel set out to murder civilians in the Gaza war rather than protect its own citizens from an unremitting genocidal campaign prosecuted for years by Palestinian terrorists.
Despite Richard Goldstone’s thirteenth hour confession, his diabolical legacy demonizing the state of Israel lives on at the United Nations. The body that created the Goldstone inquiry in 2009, the Human Rights Council, and the various entities that the Council has directed to implement his blood libel, have no intention of backing down. The facts be damned.
As an aside, I find it interesting that the UN is simultaneously depicted as an ally of Israel (see above) while in actual fact is the epicenter of the global campaign to delegitimize it.
Unfortunately, these images and propaganda are not the problem; they’re merely a symptom. As radical Islam continues its unchecked rise, as the leftist professoriate indoctrinates students with the lies of Israel’s illegitimacy (if not as an outright evil entity) and as young people absorb this hatred in the classroom and even in pop culture, these images and stereotypes, as old as Judaism itself, emerge from over seven decades of relative dormancy even more virulently than ever.
Propaganda like Fritz Hippler’s so-called “documentary” The Eternal Jew reinforced the already pre-existing anti-Jewish prejudices of Germans and others across Europe and made the roundups and extermination of millions an acceptable action, if not cheered outright. But this is also a warning about the left in general and their propensity not to debate in the arena of ideas but to clear the field of all opposition entirely. By force if necessary.
Only three short years ago, at the 2012 Demcorat National Convention, the motion to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was greeted with a chorus of loud boos and catcalls. The increasingly totalitarian mindset of the Democrats and the Left in general, and their apparent alliance of convenience with fundamentalist Islam does not bode well for Israel or the Jews, both here and abroad.