How to draw an Anti-Israel cartoon for a UK paper.
It’s very simple really.
1. Draw an Israeli Prime Minister with exaggerated Semitic facial features, especially the nose and lips, covered in Muslim blood.
2. Stick a wall in there somewhere.
3. Have a bunch of pleading Muslims in there asking him not to kill them, eat them, mortar them in walls, shoot them off into space or feed them to lions. It’s all the same really.
Drawing ability is not necessary. Gerald Scarfe can barely draw and his Holocaust Memorial Day cartoon is the sort of thing you expect a bored university student to doodle during another Israeli Apartheid Week event. This is the sort of cartoon that UK papers have been running since what feels like the dawn of time. At some point you suspect they just developed a bunch of templates, threw in the head of whatever Israeli PM is around and then went off for their ski weekend in the Alps.
Like all forms of bigotry, Gerald Scarfe’s Holocaust Memorial Day cartoon is offensive and lazy at the same time. Jews gorging on blood illustrations have been around forever. Scarfe scrawls another lazy addition to a huge pile of them. But the point isn’t commentary, it’s propaganda by repetition. Like so many UK cartoonists and commentators, Scarfe is following the Goebbels principle of repeating the Big Lie again and again until it’s all that most people are familiar with. And it’s appropriate for him to practice this most noxious of trades on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Of course cartoons like these are easy enough to create. Here’s one with Gerald Scarfe in place of Netanyahu. They literately are a dime a dozen. The difference is in which lazy hateful cartoons prestigious papers like the London Times choose to run.