German Newspaper's Cartoon About Israel Draws Criticism From Family Of Song Used As Reference Point
Objections to politically conversant editorial cartoons are reasonably common in every culture that offers them.. This is particularly true when issues involving the state of Israel are involved. This story about a cartoon from an edition of last week's German Daily Stuttgarter Zeitung showing Benjamin Netanyahu poisoning a peace-process related dove as if it were a pigeon in the park struck me not for the fact of the objection, or even the strength of the original opinion addressed, but because of a specific hook on which that criticism was hung. Those that went after the cartoon claimed that not only were the politics of the cartoon wrongheaded, but that by referring to a song called "Pigeon Poisoner" by the composer Georg Kreisler, the cartoon also manages to insult a man who fled Vienna in 1938 with his parents and was thus a Holocaust survivor. Kreisler's daughter was among the critics. Kreisler fought in World War II for the US and returned to Europe in 1955; he died in 2011. A criticism that this cartoon also ropes in more general anti-Semitic imagery of Jews as poisoners also surfaced.
If anyone knows the name of the cartoonist involved, I was stumped.