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Sunday, August 26, 2012

SA newspaper chooses anti-semitic illustration for story

SABC is a South African broadcast network whose stated mission is "Restoration of human dignity and Building a common future."

They have an article today about Israeli moves to stop illegal immigration:
Just a few months ago, Israel was in the midst of a nationwide uproar over the tens of thousands of African migrants who have poured into the Jewish state. Today, that influx has slowed dramatically, following a series of measures meant to halt the new arrivals.

The quick results are testament to a get-tough approach that has included the rapid construction of a soon-to-be-completed fence along the border with Egypt's Sinai peninsula, and a new policy of detaining Africans upon arrival.

But the strategy has come with a price: Advocacy groups accuse Israel of violating international refugee law by cooperating with Egyptian security personnel to round up migrants on the border. They also say more than a thousand Africans are now languishing in mass detention centers set up to hold them.

Israeli military spokesperson Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said she had no immediate information on whether Israeli and Egyptian forces were cooperating in rounding up migrants. Government spokesman Mark Regev had no comment when asked if Israel was carrying out this practice.
This slanted coverage - taking charges of anti-Israel "advocacy groups" as gospel - is par for the course and would barely be worth mentioning.

But how did SABC choose to illustrate an article about Israeli moves to protect her borders?

With this:

The poster has nothing at all to do with the story. It was taken during an anti-Israel demonstration in Malaysia in 2010. And if you look a little closer, you can see that this sign - which was carried by hundreds - has a caricature of a religious Jew transformed into a monkey:


Now, why should a picture of a sign showing a stereotypical Jew with black hat and peyos transformed into a monkey, saying that Israel is a terrorist state, be used to illustrate a story about Israel trying to stop people from illegally entering the country? 

Is this an example of the "human dignity" that SABC espouses? 

Coincidentally, as I was writing this, JudgeDan tweeted me with this illustration from an Islamic Malaysian newspaper article (about Israeli plans to have an arts festival in Beersheva on the lawn of a museum next to a  no-longer used mosque):

This, of course, is meant to echo the Islamic claim that Jews are descended from monkeys and pigs. 

Well, at least we see that racism is still alive and well - and wholly acceptable in some media, at least when the targets are Jews.