Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Cartoon that is driving SHASS mad

Cartoon: Chadrei HaCharedim


Haredim, and in particular the Sephardic haredi SHASS - Party, are not at all in love with the latest cartoon drawn by Amos Biderman (Haaretz).

"Biderman, the anti - Semite", many Haredim complain.

The cartoon shows leading SHASS politicians sitting at a table together with the Iranian dictator Achmadinejad. All of them discuss the "sick" homosexuals and Achmadinejad states that Iran doesn't have such a problem anymore. The person wearing a prison suit is the former Knesset member Shlomo Benizri who was sentenced to jail because of accepting bribery.

The background of the cartoon is the killing of two people in a Tel Aviv gay center. Immediately after the attack, gays and Israel's left - wing party Meretz accused SHASS of adding fuel to the gay hatred in Israel.

The cartoon is totally exaggerated and unnecessary but maybe this is what the public and the cartoonist want: Excitement and attention, no matter what the facts are. The only one adding more fuel is Amos Biderman himself.

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef (front row, left) together with Eli Yishai (front row, right), the head of the SHASS party.


  1. For any your readers who may need a translation - here is the English version from the Haaretz English edition:

    (rt. to left)

    “They’re sick people”
    “In olden days, they’d be stoned to death”
    “They’ll come back as insects and rodents”
    “We don’t have that problem anymore”

    Joel Katz
    Religion and State in Israel
    @religion_state on Twitter

  2. B"H

    Hi Yoel,

    Thanks a lot for your effort.:-)