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Saturday, June 18, 2011

US consulate rescinds invitation to anti-semitic PalArab cartoonist

A Palestinian Arab political cartoonist, Majed Badra, had been invited by the US Consulate to go to the US and participate in an international political cartoonist convention.

At the last minute, the US Consulate rescinded the invitation, when they became aware that some of his cartoons were, pretty explicitly, anti-semitic.

Badra objects to this, saying that he has nothing against Judaism and that his cartoons are only against Israel, not Jews. He is complaining that he had already cleared his schedule to go to the US.

Interestingly, in the past two weeks, he pulled all content from his website.  Perhaps he is not as convinced that his work can stand up to scrutiny as being purely political.

Luckily, some of his cartoons can still be found elsewhere on the web.