Aug 4, 2014

Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

A Palestinian advocacy group slams The Australian, as The Sydney Morning Herald apologises for publishing controversial cartoons.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network has slammed a cartoon published in The Australian that depicts a Palestinian militant with a hooded face bending down to pat his young child on the head, telling the boy to “go out to play and win the PR war for daddy”.

George Browning, the former Anglican bishop of Canberra and current APAN president, told Crikey he was shocked by the cartoon. “I immediately thought of my Palestinian friends. There is no one in the world who loves their children more than the Palestinians. Can you imagine how it would feel to see the cartoon after having lost a child in an Israeli airstrike?”

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22 thoughts on “Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

  1. klewso

    All you need is the Right Murdoch “sense of humour”?

  2. seriously?

    I agree with Browning. The cartoon at best presents one particular (biased) view of the conflict not based on one skerrick of evidence that it actually occurs, but there is nothing particularly insightful about it. I can’t agree that the hiding of weapons in the way he describes it as “the last word in barbarism” compared with the military strikes and killing of many, many civilians to knock them out.

    On the other hand, the cartoon that was subject of criticism in The Age / SMH depicted what was actually happening – Israelis sitting on the hillside in armchairs and the like watching the attack on Gaza. I guess that one was just too accurate.

  3. dcparker

    It is the State of Israel that has decided to adopt the religious identifier, the Star of David, as a major part of its national emblem and flag

    Thus, the use of the Star of David, whilst in truth reminiscent of the way in which it was used against Jewish people in Nazi Germany, is also a way of representing the Israeli state – because of decisions that State itself has taken.

    I think this needs to be taken into account in assessments of the SMH cartoon

    As to the figure sitting in the chair – I think the critics have a point

  4. Ross Carnsew

    Leak is neither funny nor insightful. Sure do draw perty.

  5. Kevin Herbert

    Leak’s interpretation of the facts on the ground in Israel shows he is either a dupe OR he, like many Limited News hacks, realise that one step out of place will see his job terminated. His key points appear to be taken directly from the Israeli 2009 publication titled ‘Global Language Dictionary’ (see below link:

    Anyone who has access to the independent reporting of this latest Israeli massacre knows full well that Israel started it.. just like they did in 2009 & 2012.

    War criminal Bibi & his thugs were neutered by Hamas/PLO willingness to negotiate a peace deal in 2014, and have had to resort to yet another trumped up slaughter of Palestinians to try & shield this fact. However, the game’s up, and most of the world knows it now. Israel has never wanted a 2 State solution, and it’s now clear that they’re going to annex Gaza.

    The Israeli/US/Aussie/NATO mantra of ‘the Zionist state’s ‘right to defend itself’ is breathtaking hypocrisy & vile propaganda…similar to their ‘Saddam has WMD’s’ mantra used to justify the slaughter of more than 1 million Iraquis, and the deaths of nearly 1 million more via sanctions.

  6. kerwgjio598


    A slight correction. There is no Star of David. You can call it that if you like but the correct term is Shield of David or in Hebrew, the Magen Dawid. The original Shield of David has no connection to the two inverted triangles that make up the six pointed hexagram.

  7. dcparker

    Thanks I bow to your knowledge; however the fundamental point remains.

  8. Sed Mayne

    This cartoon was too simplistic and using the death of a child was foolish but there seems to be very few voices crying out against Hamas for their part in this ongoing tragedy. Most of the deaths are Palestinian but that is because Israel has better technology and is actually doing something to protect its citizens. Hamas is attacking Israel and is not doing anything to defend the people of Gaza against the expected result.

  9. Kayaki Dee

    “Hamas is attacking Israel and is not doing anything to defend the people of Gaza against the expected result.”

    Good point. They act more like controlled opposition than defenders of their people.

  10. Shakira Hussein

    I cancelled my subscription to The Australian after seeing Bill Leak’s cartoon. The Sydney Morning Herald did the right thing by apologising for its cartoon – the Oz should follow suit.

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