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Action Alert: Anti-Semitic Cartoons Published in Toronto Arabic Newspaper

by Mike Fegelman

A Toronto-area Arabic newspaper called Meshwar recently on November 30 published an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting Israelis eating Palestinian children and drinking their blood. Other cartoons caricatured the stereotypical trope of hook-nosed, menacing Jews.

According to Shalom Toronto’s Jonathan Halevi (see full article below), Meshwar expressed support for outlawed Palestinian terrorist organizations like Hamas and called on Palestinians to thank Iran, Syria and Hezbollah for weapons used to bomb Israeli cities in the recent conflict.

This is the same Arabic newspaper that in June published poetry praising Palestinian terrorists. Meshwar is distributed throughout the Greater Toronto Area (Scarborough, Mississauga, Markham, Toronto, etc.) and is estimated at having a circulation of 10,000 copies.

Publishing anti-Semitic blood libel cartoons and lauding Palestinian terror against innocent Israeli civilians is an affront to core Canadian values of tolerance and mutual respect. There is no place for this kind of “journalism” in the Canadian news industry. Exposing extremist commentary to scrutiny and to the light of day is the best sanitizer for this kind of repugnant content.

HonestReporting Canada (HRC) calls on all our subscribers to contact this paper’s “editor” to express outrage over the publication of these anti-Semitic cartoons and of this newspaper’s avowed support for Palestinian terror. HRC also calls on this newspaper to apologize for publishing this disgraceful anti-Semitic content. Please send your comments to Meshwar editor Dr. Nazia Khatatba at meshwarmedia@hotmail.com and/or call (416) 302-7664

If you come across this publication,

  • DO take the newspaper up to the clerk or business owner, open it to the appropriate page and say “this is anti-Semitic and shameful,” and walk away.
  • DO NOT damage the newspaper in any way (damaging property is illegal) and DO NOT tell the owner to remove the magazine from the store’s shelves (while this material does not likely breach Canada’s hate laws, Canadians have the right to call it anti-Semitic and reprehensible). Sunlight, after all, is the best disinfectant.

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