February 01, 2003

Sharon Cartoon in The Independent

Sharon Cartoon in The Independent

I post this cartoon (and link to ensuing debate about whether it constitutes anti-semitism) to provide another example of the massive gap between U.S. and European perceptions regarding Israeli policies in the Middle East. I think it is certainly fair to say that such a cartoon would never be published in any major American daily but the editors at the Independent did not appear (at least initially) to view publication with any alarm. Illustrative of a significant perception gap seen far beyond the realm of cartoonists. Take, for instance, typical cocktail banter in New York versus London. Over on this side of the pond, one hears a good amount of support for the Palestinian tactic of suicide bombing. In New York, it is viewed with widespread revulsion. This dichotomy has been intensified post 9/11. Americans tend to equate Palestinian bombers as bona fide terrorists and view Israelis avec solidarite--two nations grappling with homeland security issues. Europeans appear to view the conflict as a national liberation struggle where Palestinians are driven by sheer desperation to use the suicide bombing tactic.

Posted by Gregory at February 1, 2003 08:05 PM
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