Cartoonist Fired After Being Accused Of Anti-Semitism
15 August 2003
(New Zealand Press Association) -- An award-winning cartoonist dumped by
New Zealand's biggest newspaper because of his drawings on the Middle East
conflict said he stood by his work and rejected an editor's right to direct
what he could or could not draw.
Malcolm Evans, twice named as the country's cartoonist of the year, says he
was sacked by The New Zealand Herald after the newspaper received
complaints from Jews about his cartoons on the conflict between Israel and
Evans, who denied that his cartoons were anti-Semitic, said while he
accepted an editor's right to reject a cartoon, he did not accept an
editor's right to direct what he should draw.
He said the paper's editor-in-chief, Gavin Ellis, had told him to stop
submitting cartoons on Israel.
However, Ellis said Evans had been sacked on legal advice, but would not
Evans, who had worked for the Herald for seven years, told National Radio
the argument had started when the paper received letters from readers about
his cartoons critical of Israel.
"I have got to acknowledge in the first instance that the paper had the
balls to publish those cartoons, but once they were published and reaction
came in, the paper seemed to shrink from association with them and
ultimately I received this edict."
The Waikato Times newspaper quoted Auckland rabbi Jeremy Lawrence saying he
believed the cartoons lacked balance in their portrayal of
Israeli-Palestinian relations and had double standards.
Copyright © 2003. The Sydney Morning Herald.
Just after the NZ Herald published Dr Fudge's article, its
editor proceeded to tell its cartoonist, the eminent Malcolm
Evans, that cartoons on Israel and Zionism were forbidden.
The NZ Jewish Council had complained about some of Evans'
cartoons, and especially one that compared zionism to
apartheid. Evans has resigned in disgust at the censorship.
I've written the following e-mail to Evans:
14 August 2003
Dear Mr Evans
Having viewed a rep. of the NZ Jewish Council on t.v.
claiming that your cartoon equating Zionism with apartheid
is an affront to Judaism, perhaps you'd care to ask the
editor of the NZ Herald whether he has the foggiest idea as
to what Judaism and its political offshoot Zionism, are
based on? The Torah is replete with references to genocide,
holocausts, and Hebrew separatism based on the notion of
being God's Chosen People.
If one delves deeper, the Talmud, the encyclopaedic
commentary by rabbis on the Torah, as well as the mystical
tradition embodied in the Lurianic Kabballah (the basis of
Hasidic Judaism which is a politcal force in the USA and
Israel) Orthodox Judaism regards non-Jews ('goyim') as
animals at best, at worst emanations from the 'satanic
sphere'. As for women, even Jewish women are regarded with
the kind of contempt we are told is supposedly a feature of
According to the Jewish authoress Evelyn Kaye (who was
raised in an Orthodox community) the daily prayer of
Orthodox male Jews includes "Thank you Lord for not making
me a non-Jew, a slave, a woman."
As for the NZ Jewish Council, their officials include
members of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation, whose rabbi
is from the NY Lubavitch Hasid community, whose late Rebbe,
Schneerson, is heralded as the King-Messiah who will be
resurrected and rule over a World Theocratic State, where
the "idolatry" of Christianity will be punishbale by death
(all this guff is on the Lubavitch websites, in English for
anyone to read).
The NZ Jewish Council has already destroyed the career of
Joel Hayward, and at least indirectly has ended the tenure
of Dr Thomas Fudge.
You are to be commended for your integrity.
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