Antisemitism in Australia’s left-liberal Fairfax press.

Mike Carlton and Glen Le Lievre cross the line.

By veteran Aussie journalist Mike Carlton in today’s [Melbourne] Age and Sydney Morning Herald, newpapers in the left-liberal Fairfax stable, accompanied by an unmistakably antisemitic cartoon by Glen Le Lievre for good measure:

“….Yes, Hamas is also trying to kill Israeli civilians, with a barrage of rockets and guerilla border attacks. It, too, is guilty of terror and grave war crimes. But Israeli citizens and their homes and towns have been effectively shielded by the nation’s Iron Dome defence system, and so far only three of its civilians have died in this latest conflict. The Israeli response has been out of all proportion, a monstrous distortion of the much-vaunted right of self defence.

It is a breathtaking irony that these atrocities can be committed by a people with a proud liberal tradition of scholarship and culture, who hold the Warsaw Ghetto and the six million dead of the Holocaust at the centre of their race memory….”

Carlton’s is a false analogy.  He should remember that in the Second World War the United States dropped more bombs on Germany (millions of tons) than Germany dropped on the United States (zero).

Does Carlton think that this was a disproportionate use of American power?

He should also reflect that Hamas denies Israel’s right to exist, and is indeed sworn in its covenant to the genocide not only of Jews in Israel but in the Diaspora as well.  It is impossible to negotiate with extremists like that.

First posted at the Daphne Anson Blog.

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  1. Leon Poddebsky

    The phrase, “liberal tradition of scholarship and culture” which is used also by that other enemy of Israel, Bob Carr, is leftistspeak for, ” Those ghetto Jews who depended on sensitive leftist souls like us to ‘protect’ them from the awful right, and now those Jews don’t need us any more for protection, so they’re evil.”

    There is an Arab saying: ” The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

  2. Daphne, we expect no less of the Age than anti-Israel articles. Ruth Pollard can always be relied on to present an account which puts Israel in the worst possible light.

    Carlton trots out the hoary old fallacy, that just because more Palestinians are killed than Israelis, the response must be disproportionate, as your analogy of the United States and Germany demonstrates.

    Carlton also takes a swipe at Israel for defending her citizens, when every country has the obligation to defend their citizens from outside attack.

    Perhaps his most disturbing statement was – “It is a breathtaking irony that these atrocities can be committed by a people… who hold the Warsaw Ghetto and the six million dead of the Holocaust at the centre of their race memor”, which is a more subtle way of replaying the “Jews behaving like Nazis” theme.

  3. Leon Poddebsky

    At the centre of the West’s “race memory” is the awful truth of its complicity in the Shoah / Holocaust by collaboration with the Nazis and by support given to the Nazis even by “neutral” Sweden and Switzerland and by callous refusal to grant Jews asylum . So now Westerners like these bipeds think that they can absolve their nations from the greatest crime in history by pretending to think that the Jews deserved what they got.

    • Leon, yes Europe bears a huge responsibility in what happened to their Jews; which is why they try to deflect any feelings of guilt by pretending that Jews are acting like Nazis, so somehow retrospectively deserved their fate at the hands of the Nazis.

      • Leon Poddebsky

        Yes, Pam, Europe; but the leader of the free world, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was also the leader of the global consensus to do nothing to help.
        And let’s not forget that speech in Australia’s parliament ( which had much support) that “Australia does not have a racial problem and does not want to import one.”

      • Leon Poddebsky

        Pam, evidence to support our theory that justified guilt is at least part of the explanation for the Fairfax – style Jew-hatred is this:

        when the Jew-hating press/commentators attack Israel’s military actions, they often explicitly or implicitly draw a parallel with Nazi actions.
        Now, to make their point, they could choose to draw a parallel with the actions of the USA, Britain, Australia, Soviet Union , all of whom performed acts such as indiscriminate carpet bombing of civilian cities such as Dresden; indiscriminate targeting of civilians in such places as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vietnam; use of incendiary bombs to deliberately inflict horrendous injuries on deliberately-targeted civilians etc etc

        But the enemies of Israel and the Jewish People choose not to make THAT comparison; instead they compare us to the Nazis.

        Conclusion: Fairfax, carlton and their cohorts just don’t like Jews.

        Oh, that’s right, but some of their best friends are Jews: Chomsky, Lowenstein, Pappe et al.

        It’s a great world!

  4. Leon Poddebsky

    Notice how Carlton, like the Nazis, speaks in terms of “the Jewish race.”
    The cartoon of Le Lievre complements visually the rhetorical style that is reminiscent of 1930’s and 40’s Germany. These, in turn, are reinforced by the spirit and actions of the pro-Palestinian demonstrators all over the world.

    • Hello Leon,

      I saw this cartoon earlier today….and it had no effect on me…if anything, I saw it as very dull/bland….what is it that you see in it that I am obviously missing. To me it doesn’t hurt Israel… more being at the dead end of some form of weird humour.

      Please be gentle with me..for the way you visually read it, I am trying to understand the wrath I have now twice seen to today from Jewish commentators in respect of it. (A learning question Leon…I am not censuring nor criticising)

      • Leon Poddebsky

        Hi Graham,

        No worries.

        (Firstly, I welcome constructive criticism and am always prepared to respond to censure.)

        The cartoon to which I was referring is the one by Le Lievre, which appears at the head of Daphne Anson’s article.
        This is what I see in the cartoon: a fat, kippah-wearing, long-nosed couch potato, sitting comfortably in a lounge chair decorated with a Shield of David, casually detonating bombs in Gaza by means of a remote control device.

        On the other hand, this is what I know: young Israelis in the prime of youth, risking life and limb, and in some cases being killled, venturing fearlessly into the territory of a merciless, genocidal foe (which Pat Condell has correctly characterised as worse than the nazis since the nazis at least made efforts to protect their own civilians).

        A cartoon such as Le Lievre’s could have been constructed only by a hatred-suffused pathological central nervous system.

        • Thank you Leon….I can appreciate and accept what you see in it…stereotyping one perception for the convenience of portraying an image of the “fat, kippah wearing……..” at the expense of the actual deaths of IDF members…as if it was an effortless, if not enjoyable undertaking of the ‘horrible’ Jew.

          I apologise for missing same as such…..probably now too far removed from ever repetitive anti Jewish pictorial propaganda to have an effect on me…i.e. the ‘Roman’ nose, hawkish face, dark cloak, vampire teeth and head horns.

          In fact Leon, my ‘hate’ for anything Islamic is probably not a healthy thing for me to have…or discuss herein, least to say that my very one eyed outlook has developed in me a total ‘shut out’ of – anything – they, or their fellow travellers put forward into society…..i.e. if Le Lievre had penned a dozen such caricatures, it would be water off a duck…but, and genuinely put, I do now understand, if not encourage your never ending revulsion towards same. I do see your point, and appreciate that the sketch would/could serve to embolden the weak thought capacity of many.


      • Leon Poddebsky

        Hi Graham,

        It’s just occurred to me that possibly you are unaware that the way that the Jew in the armchair is depicted is a replica of the Nazi style.

        Best wishes.

        • Graham Coffey

          Hi Again,

          No Leon…I am fully aware of the Nazi “Art” scene when it comes to print, cartoon or caricature propaganda…probable to the extent that is why…to me, it is such a turn off….having seen just too damn much of it…a waste of their time, but that is only me, and how it totally just turns me off….i.e. has no effect…wasting their time. Yes, it should be jumped on whenever it is put forward. Take good care.

      • Graham no need to apologise.

  5. Like many left wing writers Carlton is a naïve ,prejudiced fool,who only want to sensationalise events to sell his product,with no regard for the hard cold facts,in this case that Hamas are a recognised terrorist organisation,that use their own people as human shields and want immunity from retaliation for their crimes, so they can continue to try and deliberately murder as many Israelis as possible.

    • Leon Poddebsky

      The gas-rich monarchy of Qatar is a generous funder of Hamas and other jihadist groups.
      Propaganda is an important element of warfare.
      Newspaper organisations in Australia (and the West generally) which are in financial straits might lust after Qatari money and this would necessitate coverage of the kind that the Fairfax Press provides.
      Western commentators might also be interested in Qatari money and this would necessitate commentary such as Mike Carlton’s.
      Let’s connect the dots.

  6. Graham, can you honestly not see what is antisemitic about that cartoon?
    An elderly man with a hook nose sits in an armchair with a cup of tea or coffee and a sleeping cat beside him, as if he is watching television. With the remote control he blows up a target in Gaza, as if for amusement. The props around him suggest a tranquil setting, one which is not itself suffering attack. No hint of the Hamas rockets menacing Sderot and other Israeli population centres there.
    The man’s physical appearance is the very model of the stereotyped Jew, the stuff of antisemitic publications such as Edouard Drumont’s at the time of the Dreyfus Case and of others since elsewhere in the world. Who is that old man, who can affect the fate of a landscape with a push of his remote control meant to represent if not the shadowy all-powerful figure of an Elder of Zion?
    This cartoon should be vigorously protested to the Press Council. It is despicable, disgusting, deeply offensive.

    • Hilary, Graham I presume you realise isn’t Jewish. What we frequently see as antisemitic, those who aren’t Jewish don’t. Hence we have the issue with Facebook not removing pages or groups which we find offensive.
      We’ve had thousands of years of conditioning to antisemitism

      • That’s why I felt compelled to spell it out for Graham, Shirlee. But be careful how you proceed with that line of argument. It could be used to excuse the cartoonist in this instance. Any decent person post-Shoah should be able to see that this kind of depiction of Jews is obscenely racist. The cartoonist and the Fairfax press should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

        • Graham Coffey

          Hello Hilary…..I regret that my question to Leon enflamed your passion, and do now understand the sensitivity of the subject. Perhaps, at base line I was prompted to address my question to Leon for the reason….my own reason, that I saw it as a child like cartoon…in quality and message, i.e. surely Le Lievre could do better than this…it; to me, even lacked propaganda value. I don’t say this to excuse or make light of it…more of an expression of it’s failure…as to even reflect poorly on Carlton’s anti Israel handiwork.

          As I now see, and understand the reason from where you are coming from…I can only hope you also appreciate that there was no agenda, nor insensitive ignorance, come arrogance, on my part for asking Leon of same.

          In essence, I am happy…in a well meant way, that the question did raise your hackles, and sponsor you to comment…..for personally I believe many others, in the Public forum, should do likewise…..constantly, which in part defence of my myself, I do daily….taking in anti-Semitism. Regards

        • xx

          Hilary what I am trying to say is if FB and many other people, don’t see this image as antisemitic, what hope would you have with the one from Le Lievre?

          • Graham Coffey

            I should keep my mouth shut…but for my two bob’s word, This sketching; as some what of an outsider, I very clearly see as overtly offensive, racist and anti-semitic in the extreme…in keeping with the Dreyfus French styled caricatures…and those that prolifically followed there after through the 20th Century.

            I say this conscious of the fact that Le Lievre’s offering; as lame and puerile as it was, as if ambiguously positioned for the overall message it was trying to convey to an international audience, would also undoubtedly incense the historically affected people it was intended to denigrate…those of Jewish birthright.

            My question, and follow on comments were in no way complimentary or defending of Le Lievre….more to the exact contrary.

          • Graham

            Why are you apologising?

            For what?

            You can have an opinion. 🙂

            We don’t care what race,religion , creed or colour you are. It makes no difference.

  7. Graham, you didn’t offend me in any way. Nice to make your acquaintance.

    • Graham Coffey

      Best Wishes….I thought I had done likewise to you. I am confident we are on the same page.

  8. can’t faifax be sued for discrimination or something, i mean if they can’t publish a cartoon of mohammed for fear of getting blown up why should they publish this without getting sued! mike carlton is such a coward, honestly, what a totally ignorant man, no wonder no one reads the herald anymore.

    • I can assure you that plenty of people read the Herald.
      Getting blown up is something they are scared of. Being sued is not a big deal as there is bound to be a sympathetic Magistrate who’ll let him off.

  9. Andrew Bolt had an excellent piece on Carlton and his ilk – anti-Semites do seem to be remarkably consistent!

  10. This cartoon is the epitome of Jewish hatred. Anyone who can not see this is either an idiot or a fool.

    My anger grows with each passing day over the anti Jew vitriol posted day in and day out. I see a growing number of idiots supports Hamas but not because they support the Palestinian people but because they hate Jews. We, in America, have their number and we’re calling them out every chance that we get.

    What I find so interesting is that the many are on the strong left of politics are supporters of equal rights for gays and in Islam, homosexuality is strictly forbidden and punishable by death. So, why would they support terrorists unless it was only to defeat the Jews?

    I’m disgusted. I’m angry and I’m not going to be silenced. Jews are the rightful owners of Israel and I will do everything I can to stand up against Jewish hatred and condemn radical Islam.

    I’m lucky to live in America and the majority of us here proudly support Israel. There are also many of us who have begun our own BSD movement and that consists of Buying, Diversifying ad Supporting Israel.

    We will not be silenced.

    • Leon Poddebsky

      The Jew-haters are PROUD of their syndrome.
      They revel in it, ostentatiously display it, cultivate it .

    • Thank you Claudia and welcome to Jews Down Under.

      Sorry you had to be moderated. It’s once only due to the fact since the start of this offensive there have been a few offensive comments.

      Please visit again.

    • Just re-read what you posted Claudia and something came to mind from a while back. I was at a BDS rally and a guy I knew by sight came over to speak with me.

      He was what I call the enemy within. He said proudly to me “You know I am a Jew?”
      I replied
      “Yes I know you are a Jew and yes I know you are Gay, and even though you support those cretins, I wouldn’t go to Gaza if I were you. You’ll be hanging on the nearest crane if you do!!”

  11. the problem is it’s everywhere, it’s become quite normal for jews to be part of some updated version of the protocols, if ‘we’ are not running the banks, we start wars, are responsible for capitalism, socialism, marxism even though marx was not a jew, we did 9-11 thanks to 4 dancing israelis on a roof top (don’t mention the millions of islamists dancing all over the middle east) we run hollywood, wall street, we are alien reptilian beings with intent to take over the world, because we believe in israel as a jewish state we are nazis, because we have a star on the flag we are satanic. mmm, take your pick, i’ll be a giant lizard.
    honestly, the mass horde are just brainwashed cheering a death cult, there are no jewish leaders able to stand up to the abc or fairfax, the first sign of dis harmony, they resign. what the hell is going on? is everyone such a sheep, are they brainwashed like hamas, it’s the bloody zombie apocalypse, aim for the head!

  12. Jews Down Under

    To the person calling him or her self “Yosi Goldberg” , poor choice of name by the way, with the intent of being antisemitic, especially as she/he lives in Melbourne.

    You say
    “””I have read all the comments regarding how this cartoon is “anti-semitic”, but nowhere is it mentioned that the cartoon was based on an actual photo of Israelis having a picnic while watching Gaza being bombed”””

    …………..whilst quoting the Daily Stormer. Highlights your antisemitism, which is racism and is in breach of the Racial Discrimination act.

    You really highlight what and who you are by citing such gutter media.

    You also highlight your ignorance, given that photo was a spoof on what the Arabs in Samaria did.

    Go play elsewhere pal.

    We do not want people of you ilk here.

    • Leon Poddebsky

      Hey, Yosi, the Jews were watching and cheering the Israel Defence Forces’ bombing of terrorist military installations.
      THAT’S what bugs the hell out of you.
      It bugs the hell out of you that the Jews are standing up to the jihadists, Yosi.
      It bugs the hell out of you that the Jews have an independent state, Yosi.
      What else bugs the hell out of you, Yosi: did you have a dispute with a Jewish neighbour? Do you owe a Jewish business money? Do the Jewish kids at school do better than yours? Is your landlord a Jew who unreasonably expects you to pay a fair market rent?
      What else disturbs your sleep and general well-being, Yosi?
      Maybe it’s all those rockets falling on your house while the kids are trying to sleep, eh, Yosi? Oh, that’s right, you live in Australia not Israel, so that can’t be it.