Israeli organization demands firing of Portuguese cartoonist for anti-Semitism
Cartoon by Vasco Gargalo on 15 November 2019 entitled “The crematorium”.
They demand the immediate sacking of the cartoonist Vasco Gargalo (1977) for a cartoon from 2019. In addition, they demand the removal of all copies of the image and a public apology. I have not yet found a response from the magazine.
Other Jewish organisations have already have joined to the petition for the cartoonist’s dismissal.
The picture shows Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, pushing a coffin covered with the flag of the Palestinian National Authority into an oven. On the wall is the slogan that “welcomed” the Auschwitz extermination camp, “Arbeit Macht Frei”, “Work makes you free / will set you free”.
A copy of the letter to the editor of the weekly magazine Sabado was also sent to the Portuguese prime minister, the Portuguese ambassador to Israel, the prime minister of Israel and the Israeli ambassador to Portugal, among others.
The head of Btsalmo, Shai Glick, points out in his letter that the cartoon offends the entire Jewish people and that it is also Holocaust denialist and minimises the Holocaust according to the official definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Accusations of anti-Semitism in cartoons is one of the causes of conflict most frequent of conflicts.
Related, more than 150 cases in different countries.
Cases of cartoonists who have had problems of some importance because of their cartoons or satirical illustrations. There are also some stories of other people who, without being cartoonists, have got into trouble for sharing them.