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Daily Compares Jewish Ire on Circumcision Cartoon to Muslim Riots

The Oslo daily that published a blood libel caricature of circumcision now pours salt on Jewish wounds, stating that the angry reaction of Jews is just like the Muslim riots to cartoons mocking Mohammed.

The Norwegian daily Dagbladet not only defends its blood libel caricature of circumcision, it also equates the angry Jewish response as being like Muslim violence in response to anti-Mohammed cartoons.

The Norwegian daily Dagbladet not only defends its blood libel caricature of circumcision, it also equates the angry Jewish response as being like Muslim violence in response to anti-Mohammed cartoons.
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The Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet said Jewish reactions to its caricature on circumcision “are similar” to riots that erupted over cartoons mocking Mohammed eight years ago.

Referencing Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten caricatures of Mohammed in 2005, Dagbladet wrote in a statement, “We now have similar reactions to a cartoon that Dagbladet printed last week.”

Several people died in what The New York Times termed “a wave of violent protests by Muslims” in the Middle East and Europe over the caricatures mocking Mohammed.

Last week, several Jewish organizations condemned the Dagbladet caricature, which showed two people, who were widely perceived to be Jewish because of their clothing, maiming a child with a fork and bolt cutter while holding a book and professing their faith.

Dagbladet has justified itself and criticized the Jewish reaction by simply re-defining anti-Semitism as love for Jews. The caricature was not at all against Jews, said the paper, which went on to claim it actually is champion of snuffing out anti-Semitism.

Not only that. It seems to understand that the anger of Jews is a camouflage for some kind of evil intentions.

“The groups which said the circumcision caricature was anti-Semitic “leave little room for nuances and reflections,” the paper wrote in a statement published this week on its website.

“They claim that this is proof of Dagbladet’s anti-Semitic views. We come from a different angle and have a different interpretation of the cartoon,” the statement read. “It is important to distinguish between friend and foe when considering this question of values. Dagbladet has a long and consistent history of fighting anti-Semitism.”

The JTA contributed to this report.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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7 Responses to “Daily Compares Jewish Ire on Circumcision Cartoon to Muslim Riots”

  1. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Perhaps the time gas come for Jews to put down the pen and respond more appropriately to those that would harm us.

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    *has

  3. The cartoon above is anti-semitic, and the response is not even close to what the Muslim response to the Mohamed cartoon was. We did not riot, destroy property, nor did we kill anyone. However, the cartoon was way over the top. Circumcision is not bloody, anesthesia is used, it must be done by a qualified person, and no female circumcision is allowed. The cartoon also does bring to mind an obvious connection to the blood libel accusations throughout the centuries in which 1000s of Jews have been killed by Christians and Catholics.These idiots read the Protocols and think they are true.l.

  4. How many riots took place over this cartoon exactly? How many people were killed? Embassies burned?

    To call them in anyway whatsoever as comparable is like saying a match is comparable to a firestorm.

  5. Ron Low says:

    The cartoon is about about Muslims and Jews equally. Well actually 50 times as many Muslims force or coerce their kids to be circumcised.

  6. Anonymous says:

    NO COMPARISON.

    ANTI-SEMITISM?

    I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference AND Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  7. Hispo Nerdeo says:

    http://www.dagbladet.no/tegneserie/gjesteserie/20mgdrefvelin/?1369864800

    The same cartoonist.

    Maybe he should have switched the Christian cross with the star of David?

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