In 1819, Francesco de Goya painted the grotesque “Saturn Devouring One of His Children” :
In January, 2003 editorial cartoonist Dave Brown of Britain’s Independent penned this horrible allusion to the Goya painting, with Ariel Sharon eating a Palestinian child:
The Brown cartoon was then adopted by radical Islamic groups in India this summer as part of their vicious anti-America and anti-Israel campaign:
And now…the UK’s Political Cartoon Society has given the Brown cartoon first prize in its annual “Cartoon of the Year” competition, winning out over 34 other entries!
From the pages of a paper, to the global political realm, to professional approbation – has the “Demonize Israel” campaign gotten so out of hand?!
Contact the Political Cartoon Society here.
UPDATE: Here’s Israel’s real attitude toward Arab babies: “A week-old Iraqi infant has arrived in Israel to undergo an operation to correct a congenital heart defect,” the Associated Press reports. An Israeli organization called Save a Child’s Heart brought Bayan Jassem to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, whose director, Moshe Mashiah, came to Israel as a refugee from Iraq in 1951.
UPDATE: The founder of the Political Cartoon Society has written to us with this statement:
You have all taken this award completely out of perspective and context. Shame on you! We do so much good. If only you looked at our website properly you would have noticed that in fact we promote anti-facism and educate about the dangers of extremism.
Dr Tim Benson
It’s hard to learn anything from the PCS site (it’s poorly done), but let’s assume Dr. Benson is right and the organization has done “so much good” to fight facism. If so, we have here a prime example of how the European left has warped its moral compass when it comes to Israel, falsely ascribing to Israeli democracy the most horrific characteristics of totalitarianism, while downplaying the greatest threat to all liberal societies today: radical Islam.