Cross posted by The Commentator
You’d be forgiven for glossing over The Guardian’s daily cartoon. We usually do.
Today however, something caught our eye.
In the cartoon by Nick Hayes, The Guardian illustrates its interpretation of yesterday’s Israeli court verdict that ruled that Rachel Corrie’s death in 2003 was accidental.
The image, as you can see below, shows a bulldozer with the Israeli flag across its blade, pushing up the earth and in its wake, scooping up and supposedly uprooting or destroying ‘Lady Justice’.
The Guardian, of course, is entitled to its view that Rachel Corrie, defender of terrorists, was Lady Justice in disguise. We would expect no less of their crass and nuance-deficient analysis on the matter.
But what stands out to us is the beacon of light shining through the stormy clouds behind the scene.
The star and crescent is the internationally recognised symbol of Islam, seen in the flags of nations such as Pakistan and Azerbaijan. You know, those guiding lights of human rights, transparency and democracy.
The Islamist party in Gaza, which, to use Guardianista’s language, ‘rejects Israeli occupation and fights for a free Palestine’, is none other than the internationally recognised terrorist organisation, Hamas.
The crescent therefore, taken in context, is an effective endorsement of a terrorist entity; of Hamas.
Nick Hayes and The Guardian may well believe that the Islamist outfit guilty of endless terrorist atrocities, endangering the lives of Palestinians, the relentless murder of Israeli citizens, the subjugation of the Gazan population under an effective dictatorship (when were the next elections due, again?) is a shining beacon of hope casting a light on Lady Justice and the Israeli oppressors – but we implore the common reader to see past this subliminal and disgraceful narrative.
Whatever readers think of Rachel Corrie’s death and of the ongoing Middle East conflict, it is certainly another step to legitimise a terrorist outfit like Hamas. It is a discredit, even to the likes of The Guardian, that this cartoon ever made it past the editors at Comment is Free.
Let’s see what some Guardian commenters said:
“Not too sure about the crescent shining rays of light at this moment in time.” – showmaster
“The reasoning behind the presence of the crescent moon is fairly obvious” –cmnimo
“Though Palestine is benighted and Justice is toppled, the crescent moon of Islam shines like a beacon through the Israeli smokescreen. Not exactly subtle.” –peterNW1
It’s also interesting and distressing to note that when Anders Behring Breivik was sentenced, The Guardian did not run any form of cartoon on the much commented upon injustice (short length) of his sentence.
It’s safe to assume they also did no such thing for the Itamar massacres and never have we seen them do anything of the sort illustrating rocket fire from Gaza landing in Israeli towns. You get the picture.
- Guardian’s Chris McGreal suggests IDF ‘killing’ of Corrie no different than Hamas suicide bombing (cifwatch.com)
- CiF moderators delete comments noting Guardian’s moral hypocrisy over Trevino Tweet (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian yawns in reaction to Gaza terrorists targeting Israeli school children (cifwatch.com)
- Put International Solidarity Movement on Trial for Rachel Corrie’s Death (cifwatch.com)