Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Hypocrisy - Dutch to prosecute Arabs over Holocaust cartoon

A disappointing story out of Europe. Some Arab group published a cartoon denying the Holocaust and is now facing prosecution for "insulting a group and distributing an insulting image."

Don't forget that not too long ago, the publication of cartoons making fun of the Prophet Muhammad was defended with the "free speech" argument.

The Arabs complain about hypocrisy and they are totally correct:

"Freedom of expression is only a pretext to make life bitter for Muslims ... and if (they) try to bring this hypocrisy to light, that right is denied them."

Bouzerda [the Arab center's spokesman] said anyone should be allowed to publish insulting material in the interest of public debate.

Of course, I will bet dollars to doughnuts that this Bouzerda guy was not out there defending the Muhammad cartoons a few years back. What a joke.

As an aside, Jews are upset:

Ronny Naftaniel of the Center for Documentation on Israel, which filed a complaint against the cartoon, said Jews had nothing to do with the Muhammad cartoons, so it didn't make sense for the league to retaliate in this way.

"Imagine if Dutch Jews insulted Muslims every time they heard an anti-Semitic remark. What kind of perverse world would we be living in?" he said.

He is missing the point here - they picked a topic which they knew would cause controversy. If they drew a cartoon about Albanians in Italy, it really wouldn't be the same...


Blogger The back of the hill said...

Yeah, I saw that. About time they pursue the AEL, but this is NOT the right issue.
Publish and be damned.

The Europeans don't get it, they just don't get it.

Freedom of the press means publish damn well anything you want.
Afterwhich, the authorities should forcefully condemn it.

Not, like the Swedes, defend it.
Not, like the Dutch, prosecute it.
Not, like the Brits, blandly ignore it.

September 04, 2009 9:59 AM  

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