Swedish paper pulls Jew-hatred cartoon

The Swedish daily Aftonbladet removed a cartoon deemed anti-Semitic and vowed to tighten editorial oversight.

Aftonbladet, one of Sweden’s leading dailies, announced the removal of the cartoon from the online edition of the paper’s humor section on Aug. 11.

The cartoon, which appeared on the website last weekend, showed two characters wearing Jewish symbols. One dressed in Orthodox Jewish attire and holding a sign with the Star of David and the words “Land of Israel” is seen telling the other character, “Hitler gassed the wrong Jews.”

The Orthodox Jewish character is replying to a statement by a character wearing a kippah and Palestinian shawl, or kaffiyeh, while holding a sign with the peace sign and the words Israel and Palestine — ostensibly a Jewish supporter of a binational state instead of a Jewish one.

A spokesman for the Christian Democratic party called the cartoon “Jew-hatred,” according to the news site dagensmedia.se, and said its publication is “very strange” during a time when “politicians from left to right agree that the situation for Jews has worsened throughout Europe, including Sweden.” — jta