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Those Iranian Holocaust cartoons

Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, being a right-wing tract that doesn’t actually care about free speech, reneged on its original offer to print the Holocaust cartoons published in Iran’s Hamshari newspaper. Pigdogfucker has no such qualms.

About half of the Iranian cartoons are Holocaust-denialist, and about half are saner works about Israel’s status as racist oppressor and occupier. They are all offensive, to differing degrees, and they are all rubbish. They’re arranged roughly in descending order of sanity over the fold.

More impressive and far funnier than the Iranian competition, though, is Boomka.org‘s take on the whole affair. It’s run by a pair of Jewish cartoonists who feel that Jews ought to be far better than these Gentile upstarts at antisemitic cartoonery. If you’re Jewish and fancy a bit of antisemitic scribbling, you’ve got until March 5 to enter. I especially like this one.

So, what about those rubbish Iranian cartoons, then? – Continue reading

Jonathan Lewis is a silly person

On Radio 4 this morning, Jonathan Lewis of the United Kingdom Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists said:

“Germany is the most democratic country in the world in that they have an office for the protection of their constitution which ruthlessly suppresses right-wing and Nazi speech”

Yes, it’s important to ruthlessly suppress right-wing speech in order to have a democracy. Twat.

Free the horrible bigot

The BBC suggests that David Irving “might appeal“. I can’t imagine David Irving appealing to anyone… But in some ways, Mr Irving’s lack of positive qualities is unfortunate. It’s harder to stand up for free speech when the person being oppressed is some dickhead for whom you have no personal sympathy – whether they’re an ignorant Danish bigot or a Nazi-sympathising pseudo-historian.

Even though Mr Irving is awful, jailing someone for lying about historical facts is not a sane way to proceed – and rather than breaking with German-speaking Europe’s historical tendency towards authoritarianism, Holocaust denial laws strengthen and emphasise it. The right way to deal with harmless loonies like David Irving is to mock them and to expose their lies for the nonsense that they are – and this has already happened. In the UK, people like Nick Griffin and Abu Hamza who try and raise mob riots are justly punished; people who merely say wrong and stupid things are not.

One thing I can’t work out, though, is why Holocaust denial is treated so differently from other stupid and wrong takes on history. If Irving had been right, would that justify antisemitic attacks today? Of course not. Does the fact that the Holocaust did happen justify Israel’s behaviour in Palestine? Of course not. Would the President of Iran’s views on Israel be changed in the slightest if he believed in the Holocaust? Of course not.

Denying the Holocaust is like saying “the US Civil War didn’t happen! Union troops never burned the South!” It’s a nonsense claim, but not one that makes a blind bit of difference to anything (well, OK, you could reasonably expect a kicking in Mississippi/Tel Aviv, but that’s about it).

Jyllands Posten are a hypocritical bunch of cunts

The glorious Danish champion of free speech (as long as you’re slating Mohammed and not Jesus), Jyllands-Posten, has fired its culture editor because he wanted to print the retaliatory Iranian cartoons about the Holocaust. This increases my respect for the culture editor substantially, and confirms my suspiction that the newspaper’s management are a load of craven fuckwits.

The Holocaust and Mohammed should both be joked about. If you think that neither should be joked about, that’s fair enough, although I’d rather not go to the pub with you. If you think one should be joked about and not the other, then you’re a disgusting hypocrite who thoroughly deserves to be gassed.

Can I get a Witness?

Jehovah’s Witnesses: persecuted during the Holocaust; obvious historical connection with the place that used to be Palestine; no nation state of their own at the end of WWII.

Clearly, we should have given the Witnesses the West Bank. It would have made just as much sense as giving the Jews Israel…

An actual free speech issue! Yay!

While we’re all losing it over the Danes-with-offensive-and-shit-cartoons thing, Kitty Killer has details of a far more outlandish and egregious assault on free speech, perpetrated by a government-backed British institiution. Read. Be outraged. Forward to any journalists you might happen to know…

Cartoonage

Pigdogfucker salutes Omar Khayam for an excellently provocative and taboo-breaking piece of performance art. And he’s got a rubber yak.

Meanwhile, our prejudices about EU-haters being a co-extensional group with the dhimmification-loon brigade are confirmed: the EU Referendum blog has talked about little beyond the (let’s be honest, entirely trivial) cartoon fuss for days. Their tasteful little cartoon of a dark-skinned chap painting horrific antisemitic propaganda while berating an innocent-looking white chap for drawing a picture of Mohammed is, erm, indicative.

The Arab press is occasionally guilty of antisemitic cartoonery – while the leading gallery thereof is curated by a complete paranoid loony, some of the images there are a bit off. The problem isn’t that they portray Israeli leaders as murderous bastards: this is somewhere between true and untrue-but-not-racism. The problem is that some of them (actually a minority of the ones that the gallery is cross about, but still some) depict Israel using unpleasant Nazi-era Jewish stereotypes. Not ideal, although perhaps the fact that Israel keeps murdering Arabs excuses a bit of hyperbole here…

The Danish cartoons have very clearly confirmed one popular prejudice, which is that nobody Scandinavian will ever say or do anything amusing, except by mistake. As if to stake a claim for Holland’s place in the same pantheon some Dutch dickhead has put together a bunch of cartoons which manage to be even more offensive and less funny (which is a hard combination to achieve) than the originals. Good effort, Netherlands bigot guy.

For really top-class comedy stunts, however, you need to turn to Hamas:

In August 2001, Hamas sent a suicide bomber into a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. He killed 15 innocent Israelis, mutilating many dozens more. A month later, Hamas student activists at al-Najah University in Nablus celebrated the attack with an exhibit, a mockup of the smashed Sbarro shop strewn with blood and fake body parts — a severed leg, still dressed in jeans; a human hand dangling from the ceiling. The inscription (with a reference to the Qassam military wing of Hamas) read: “Qassami Pizza is more delicious.”

Beat that, cloggies and Vikings…

That cartoon thing, again

Yes, they’re shit cartoons, but really, fuck off.
This kind of shit makes me side with the loonies on the right. And seriously, Muslims-of-the-Western-world, you don’t want liberals like me to start siding with the loonies on the right…

Silly religious lot

The Danish paper of offensive-Mohammed-cartoons fame has issued an apology to “the honourable citizens of the Muslim world”. This clearly doesn’t include the mentalist fuckjobs who’ve been leading the protest. Shut up; it’s only a fucking cartoon.

A special hell is reserved for the European expats who gave arse-licking quotes to the Arab press about the whole debacle. “I think it typifies the lack of understanding about other cultures in the West, particularly about Islam and the seriousness Muslims attach to their faith”, says builder Martin Seward-Case. Shut up; it’s only a fucking cartoon.

What the Danes should have done is to invade Muslim countries, slaughter Muslims in their thousands, to prop up tyrannical regimes and to refuse to deal with democratically elected governments, while avoiding sixth-form jokes about Mo. That’s the Honourable Politically Correct Course Of Action, you see…