A satirical cartoon about Hitler, where he sits on the toilet complaining about Churchill, is causing controversy in Germany.
Illustrator Walter Moers is famous for his comic books depicting the dictator as a frustrated little man who throws fits every time the Jews are mentioned. But with the release of the short film “Der Bonker”, Germans seem to feel he has gone too far.
Despite thousands of Moers fans making the clip one of this week’s top internet downloads, many prominent German Jews have complained at the comic portryal of the mass-murdering dictator. Jewish author Ralph Giordano, one of those speaking out against Moers’ film, said: “You cannot treat the father of the Holocaust in this way.” [Guardian]
Yes you can.
Liberal Democrats look like they’re losing their spine for free speech too. Iain Dale says:
I’ve never understood why people take Jenny Tonge seriously. Even most LibDems share my view of her. Yesterday she was at it again at a fringe meeting…
“The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they have probably got a certain grip on our party”
In January 2004 Tonge was was sacked as a front bench Liberal Democrat spokesperson after expressing support for Palestinian suicide bombers. Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and BICOM are nbow calling for her to be sacked from the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party (she’s now a Peer).
Tonge’s views veer into “Jews control the world” territory, traditionally used by anti-semites as an excuse for persecution. Or used by MPAC if you’re a paranoid mofo. But does that mean she should be sacked? Don’t think so.
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