Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The anti-Zionist "Dynamic Duo" and the Brazilian Toxic Cartoonist

Michael Lumish

{Also published at The Jewish Press.}

Carlos Latuff is the most prominent antisemitic anti-Zionist cartoonist in the world and has recently done a scribble lionizing everyone's favorite American racists, Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota). For at least a decade his work was (and is) featured in various publications including The Globe Post, Le Monde diplomatique, The Toronto Star, the Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (JAMI) magazine, Mondoweiss, and even the Brazilian version of Mad magazine.

As a Lebanese-Brazilian proponent of BDS and Jew-Hatred, his scratchings persistently equate Israel with Nazi Germany. The overall body of his work suggests that Nazi Germany is to Israel as Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II are to contemporary Palestinian-Arabs.

A piece by Yaron Steinbuch for the New York Post quotes Latuff directly defending this malignant comparison:

“'Of course Israel isn’t building gas chambers in the West Bank, but surely we can find some similarities (my emphases) between the treatment given to Palestinians by the [Israel Defense Forces] and the Jews under Nazi rule,' Latuff said, according to Fox News."

“'My cartoons have no focus on the Jews or on Judaism. My focus is Israel as a political entity,'” he said without explaining why it was necessary to use anti-Jewish tropes to attack the Jewish state."

Yes, surely we can find some similarities between Nazi Germany and Israel and if there are none we can just manufacture whatever malicious nonsense we want.

As an anti-Zionist, needless to say, Latuff does not believe that the Jewish people deserve a state.

It is fine for Italians to have Italy or the French to have France -- to the extent that they still do -- but Latuff considers a Jew building housing for himself and his family in Judea, beyond the so-called "Green Line," if not within the so-called "Green Line," an abomination before humanity.

Ilhan Omar, the Cutesy anti-Zionist -
Credit Fox News
His most recent cartoon comes directly on the heels of Tlaib and Omar's Israel fiasco, wherein Tlaib actually refused to visit her 90-something-year-old grandmother in a town just west of Ramallah if the Israelis insisted that she could not take it as an opportunity to kick Jews in the teeth by promoting BDS. This particular cat-scratch shows Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, putting a forefinger on his lips while covering Tlaib's mouth with his other hand. Beneath that we see the exact same posture but with Donald Trump endeavoring to silence the cute-as-a-little-anti-Zionist button, Omar. Above the image are the words of Tlaib from a tweet reading, “The more they try to silence us, our voices rise. The more they try to weaken us, the stronger we become. The more they try to discredit us, the truth prevails.”

Oh, sure.

The basic message of the cartoon is that Tlaib and Omar are honest actors who represent truth, justice, and the Palestinian / Somalian way, while Netanyahu and Trump are covering for the heinous crimes of the Jews. I would suggest "Israeli Jews," but we all know that antisemitic anti-Zionists, such as Latuff, Tlaib, and Omar, hold the pro-Israel Jewish diaspora as complicit in the supposed crimes of our brothers and sisters in Israel.

Among other such gems, we have a 2007 thing showing a tremendous American Bald Eagle straddling Africa. The claws of the monstrous bird bleed that continent while its enormous beak rips a gaping crimson hole out of north-eastern South America around the location of Venezuela. This obviously shows us what he thinks of the United States.

A recent 2019 scratch shows Israeli soldiers off-boarding a jet in Brumadinho, Brazil in order to assist in the saving of Brazilian lives after a toxic waste dam collapsed killing at least eighty-four people and displacing hundreds of others in January of this year. The Israeli soldiers are greeted on the tarmac by a figure representing Jair Bolsonaro, the President of that country, saying "Welcome to Brumadinho!" In response, a smiling Israeli soldier says, "Sorry for our delay! We're busy killing Palestinians!" The headline preceding the scratch reads, "Brumadhinho: Israel's Publicity Stunt in Brazil." Thus, when Israel undertakes a humanitarian operation within Latuff's country, he uses it as a cynical opportunity to defame the Jewish State, if not the Jewish people of Israel, more generally.

In a blurb directly above the malicious scratch, Latuff wrote:

"Now this contingent of the Israeli army (IDF) was sent to Brazil as “humanitarian aid”, coming from an army which routinely oppresses, brutalizes and kills Palestinians in the occupied territories. It may sound like a joke. A joke in bad taste! Like “pinkwashing” and other PR strategies, this is just another stunt in order to whitewash Israel’s gross human rights violations in the occupied territories of Palestine."

Carlos Latuff (2012)
Credit Wikipedia
Latuff, it must also be noted, came in second place with a scratching for Iran's International Holocaust Cartoon Competition equating Palestinian-Arabs with Jews in Nazi concentration camps, a theme which is a specialty for Latuff. It should not, therefore, surprise the fans of the Democratic Party's anti-American, anti-Zionist, antisemitic "dynamic duo" that they were proud to share the recent defamatory Latuff cartoon with the world on their Instagram accounts.

Ronn Blitzer, of FOX News, tells us, "It is unclear whether Tlaib or Omar were aware of Latuff’s history when they shared the recent cartoon. Fox News reached out to both lawmakers, but they did not immediately respond."

Perhaps by the time you read this they will have responded, although it is highly unlikely that they would do so on or for FOX. Nonetheless, there is no possible way that people as up to their necks in the antisemitic anti-Zionist cause could possibly have been unaware of Carlos Latuff. He is famous for delicious hatred in their circles.


  1. And if they were unaware, would they care? Not in the slightest since his views mirror theirs. As for Carlos, he has Arab roots (Lebanese ancestry) so he is born to Jew hate. One wonders if the day will ever come when Arab supremacists and colonizers will ever apologize to Jews (and others they slaughtered and enslaved) like Western colonialists. Don't hold your breath.

  2. No self awareness, obviously, in this guy.

  3. It is his cartoons which are akin to Nazis. They are the real thing. That is what the Nazis did. He is a Nazi. And so are the girls, as I will now call them. The girls. The girls are Nazis. We have Nazis is Congress. With each other and in the halls of government. How do we know they are Nazis? Because they exhibit the most salient attribute of Nazis - unrelenting Jew hatred.

  4. Bigots must not be permitted to appropriate moral superiority as justification for their bigotry, akin to repressive tolerance so evident these days.

    1. School, perhaps you will agree with me that what you describe is the very nature of intersectionality which is bigoted and repressive under the guise of moral superiority, human rights, and social justice.

    2. Of course, both anti-Zionism and repressive tolerance pre-exist intersectionality, but those that practice all these things are prone to bigotry camouflaged as moral superiority.

    3. School, "repressive tolerance" is an interesting turn of phrase. How would you define it?

    4. From the author of the concept, Marcuse:

      Given this situation, I suggested in 'Repressive Tolerance' the practice of discriminating tolerance in an inverse direction, as a means of shifting the balance between Right and Left by restraining the liberty of the Right, thus counteracting the pervasive inequality of freedom (unequal opportunity of access to the means of democratic persuasion) and strengthening the oppressed against the oppressed. Tolerance would be restricted with respect to movements of a demonstrably aggressive or destructive character (destructive of the prospects for peace, justice, and freedom for all). Such discrimination would also be applied to movements opposing the extension of social legislation to the poor, weak, disabled. As against the virulent denunciations that such a policy would do away with the sacred liberalistic principle of equality for 'the other side', I maintain that there are issues where either there is no 'other side' in any more than a formalistic sense, or where 'the other side' is demonstrably 'regressive' and impedes possible improvement of the human condition. To tolerate propaganda for inhumanity vitiates the goals not only of liberalism but of every progressive political philosophy.


      It means it's okay to be intolerant and repress some ideas in the name of tolerance.

  5. Cancelled Israel Trip:
    New Controversy, Same Old
    Misleading Coverage


  6. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour
    Continues to Falsely Blame Israel


    1. Amanpour is slippery when wet.
      And of course the language, "considered illegal." Slippery.
      Christiane Amanpour is "considered" arrogant. How's that?

  7. Oh, and BTW, shame on The Globe Post, Le Monde diplomatique, The Toronto Star, for publishing his Nazi cartoons.
    Hey you French idiots, remember when Nazis occupied Paris? No, I mean the first time.

  8. I recently listened to a Sargon of Akkad piece on youtube where he talked about how Nazism was specific to German culture as opposed to what he calls the English speaking world. It is a brilliant piece. I appreciated it on many levels one of which is that I was a student of German. Then again, I was a student of German to a great extent because of Nazism's influence on the course of the 20th century. We are still under the influence of the ideologies and events it unleashed in some and probably many ways for good and ill due to the cataclysm it caused to human civilization all the way around the world and of course its unrelenting Jew hatred shared so rabidly today in the ME and spreading to a theater near you.
    The Muslim Brotherhood, apparently alive and well and supported by Ilhan Omar, found inspiration in Nazism. Nazis found inspiration in Islam. Some spoke of their admiration.
    And I was just thinking as I watched Antifa assholes clashing with neo-Nazi assholes that it's not just Nazism that came from Germany. Antifa did too! It is like watching 1920's Germany unfold on the streets of the Pacific Northwest. I find the coupling of rigid robotic thinking of these groups and their harmful asinine violence extremely disturbing. What is this foreign and specifically German crap doing in this country? America is historically an English country in that traditional sense of moderation and compromise. It's in our Constitution, the document that breathes life into America and gave us our identity. These two German imports are quite the opposite of that. And then we can throw Muslim Brotherhood front groups into the mix as well. These are also foreign to the English speaking world and what it stands for. Yes?

    How is the media handling the events of the early 21st century? Well, it's like everyone has heard of the Nazis and knows that the Nazis were bad, but have trouble distinguishing just who are the Nazis and most troubling of all not remembering the lessons we thought we had all learned from that tragic war which my father was compelled to participate in. It just seems to me that level-headedness and good memory lasted about 50 years and has almost petered out completely. And now that map of history on our wall is faded and full of cracks.
    They're back.

    1. I don't think biology is the crucial factor determining the difference between English and German culture.

    2. Off topic (not really). Once in a while I visit DKos to take in a sample of the leftist weltanschauung. I'm struggling to understand American Jew's worldview. I kinda see where the leftist leanings in the 1930 to 1950 come from. Modern progressivism though, not so much.
      Sometimes the level of masochism is staggering.
      Today's pearl: "...if your “safety” from oppression requires the oppression of another group of people you have a real problem and your safety in this context is unacceptable. So, I fail to agree with the necessity of the Zionist project..."

    3. "hi, hating Israel is expected of me by my in group. It is a right of passage and my ticket to hanging out with the cool kids at Starbucks. Therefore, I will mangle history, reality, logic, and pretty much anything to come up with reasons to virtue signal my hate of the Jews, oops, I mean the Zionist project.
      You're not allowed to hurt other people while defending yourself, oops, I mean while "self-defending" 'cause I'm so woke. That's just not acceptable. If you're gonna hurt others while your "self-defending" then you should be required to let them just kill you (if your Jewish). But if anyone else but the Jews, oops, I mean zionists are doing it I promise to completely ignore it. No borders!"

    4. Jeff, excellent comment.

      <"It is like watching 1920's Germany unfold on the streets of the Pacific Northwest.">


      It's like watching Nazis fight it out with Socialists in the streets of Berlin in the 1920s.

  9. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch® said:

    “The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims.

    They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more.

    They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).”

    SOURCE: Sharia Professor: “If you are a Muslim who believes in the Quran, you must believe that the Jews are your enemies” by Robert Spencer, 2019 August 4

  10. On a lighter subject, is something wrong with your autocorrect? I think you meant "dam," not "damn."

    1. Thanks, man. I have a huge problem with homophones.

      I am homophoneaphobic!

  11. Good comment about Tlaib at Legal Insurrection thread here:

    I heard Chris Plante discussing this and I simply loved his comment regarding this. It’s not verbatim, but memorable…speaking of the “dehumanizing checkpoints” everyone must now pass in order to fly on an airplane. We don’t have to endure those dehumanizing checkpoints at airports because Jews are trying to kill us….


    1. I remember the 90s when we didn't have to go through dehumanizing checkpoints at the airport.

    2. And I remember the '60's, '70's and 80's when we just drove to the airport and got on a plane or saw friends and family off at the gate. It was fun and there was a freedom to it. It made you feel free. We used to feel free, and we used celebrate that freedom by acting out that freedom. I also remember the Disney exhibit and Futurama at the 1964 World's Fair. There were no exhibits about hama, hama, hama, and Allah. Racist. No president intoned the importance of Mohammad at the UN either. We did modern things like space exploration and inventing time and labor saving devices to make people's lives easier, especially American type people and tell the Soviets (Russians) to back off. Oh, and we used fight against totalitarianism and sectarianism instead of celebrating those things, and even had time to fight some racism - of course racism wasn't everywhere the way it is today. Oh, and almost everyone knew that plucky Israel was defending itself from the ugly aggression of the Arab who wanted that tiny state annihilated and its people ethnically cleansed and murdered for the glory of the Arab nation. But we were all so ignorant compared today's geniuses such as Octavio-Cortez. She learned about how great Socialism is in college from her professors. No classes were taught about its real life effects though.

      You can't imagine how absolutely un-intersectionally awful things were unless you were there.

  12. Jeff, I particularly like the way that Omar dresses herself up all cutie-pie. In the photo above she wears a read hijab with matching red lipstick. Oh, how sweet. The world's cutest antisemitic anti-Zionist. It's actually quite insidious.

  13. ".Shooting an American Jewish nature photographer in the head was a “military operation” and the shooter was a “hero.” That’s the group that Tlaib put in charge of her proposed trip to Israel. The House Ethics Committee should immediately investigate this sordid episode. It should insist that Tlaib explain the nature of her relationship with Miftah and the reasons behind her decision to embrace those who praise the murderer of a member of a US senator’s family."


    1. We are betrayed by the Democrats because most Jewish leadership lines up behind the Democratic Party in favor of Tlaib and Omar in opposition to our brothers and sisters in Israel. Because we refuse to stand up for ourselves, they take us for granted. We are betrayed, but it has been a very long time in the making, as I know that you know.

      Btw, I keep forgetting what your Daily Kos moniker was?

      Please remind me.

  14. So let's get some history straight:
    DKos and a certain congresswoman mentioned.


  15. AND, BTW, the text in the cartoon at top is just such standard cult crap. I can hardly believe they used it.
    "The more they silence us, the louder our voice." Hilarious!
    Try this one: "The more they weaken us, the weaker we get!" That could be equally true, couldn't it?
    I'm surprised they didn't try this old ditty, "I fights to the finish, 'cause I eats me spinach, I'm Popeye the sailor man."
    I mean, really, just think how under-educated someone must be to go along with such trite sloganeering, especially the college educated. I think one has to be part of a group to lose so easily their grip on reality. The college experience has proven itself as an efficient method to strip people of their common sense.