Saturday, November 1, 2014

Israeli artist under fire for ‘9/11’ Netanyahu hijacker cartoon

@haaretzcom
RT | Oct 31, 2014

A political cartoonist for the left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz has come under fire for likening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to one of the 9/11 hijackers. The artist said the cartoon was intended to show the Israeli PM's misguided US policy.

The image depicts Prime Minister Netanyahu in a plane labeled “Israel” barreling into a skyscraper flying a US flag on top. The cartoon is reminiscent of September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, when nearly 3,000 people died.

Critics have widely slammed Haaretz newspaper for publishing the cartoon.

With the ensuing backlash, the cartoonist, Amos Biderman, tweeted in Hebrew that the message behind the drawing is that “Bibi is arrogantly and wantonly destroying Israel’s ties with the US and is leading us to a disaster on the scale of 9/11,” Haaretz reports.

Speaking to the newspaper on Thursday, Biderman tried to explain that he was "mocking" the Israeli PM.

"He's been acting like a bull in a china shop with the United States, which is Israel's most important strategic asset," Biderman said.

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