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German Paper’s Caricature of Hook-Nosed Zuckerberg ‘Anti-Semitic’

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German newspaper cartoonist claims his hook-nosed caricature of Zuckerberg is not anti-Semitic.

German newspaper cartoonist claims his hook-nosed caricature of Zuckerberg is not anti-Semitic.

A caricature of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has drawn charges of anti-Semitism against the artist and newspaper.

As a comment on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, announced last week, artist Burkhard Mohr depicted the 29-year-old Jewish entrepreneur as an octopus grasping at computers around him. One of his tentacles holds the logo of Whatsapp. reaching, which he purchased last week.

With its exaggerated features, including a long nose and thick lips, the cartoon octopus resembles in more ways than one the cartoons published by the rabidly anti-Semitic Julius Streicher in his Nazi-era Der Stuermer magazine. The caption read, “’Krake Facebook’ – Facebook Octopus and Zuckerberg Octopus.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has protested the depiction, but Mohr denied harboring any anti-Semitic sentiments.

However, Mohr has replaced the caricature of Zuckerberg’s face with a gaping maw, and the newspaper tweeted on Monday, “We apologize for the cartoon.”

Zuckerberg was raised Jewish but now describes himself as an atheist.

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5 Responses to “German Paper’s Caricature of Hook-Nosed Zuckerberg ‘Anti-Semitic’”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Zuckerberg has forsaken Judaism. Let him defend himself.

  2. Zuckerberg doesn't have a giant hook-nose, so it's pretty obvious where the "artist" was going with this, which is his way of saying, "Everybody run! The Jews are controlling the media." You guys ever get tired of this stuff?

  3. The only way is to sue for the Sueddeutche Zeitung und Burkhard Mohr together for insult.

  4. The only people who remind Jews about their Judaism are the anti-Semites as has always been the case even in respect of Jews who wish to forget about their Judaism and those embracing other 'faiths', such as poor Mr. Zukerberg. We can't complain really against the German Zeitung as even in Israel, orthodox Jews are being persecuted and ridiculed and forced to join the secular majority. Perhaps it is the fault of the leaders of the orthodox establishment who do next to nothing to disseminate Judaism among secular Jews, thus leaving them to their own devices.

  5. Ruth Hirt says:

    Far be it that he is an atheist. May it be that he will repudiate this statement allegedly by him. I revere, value and honor the Origin of Judaism, HE made The Oath that HIS faithful ones and their generations shall be blessings to the world. Honest works of their hands shall prosper them. Far be it, Mr. Zuckerberg is not turning away from the ONE Great SOURCE of his success.

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