Sunday, January 24, 2016

Switzerland: Young Socialists post 'Jewish lobby' cartoon (UPDATE: apology)

JUSO (Young Socialists Switzerland) is a youth organization connected to the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland.

Recently they posted the antisemitic cartoon above on their Facebook page.   It shows President and Commerce Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann feeding a fat Jewish man, who has a large nose and sidelocks.   Schneider-Ammann says ".. and a spoon for... the international financial lobby".  The hungry child next to him gets nothing.

JUSO removed the cartoon and published a statement saying that they understood that the cartoon could be interpreted in an antisemitic way and that this in no way reflects on their basic values.   They apologize without reservation and assure everybody that there were no antisemitic intentions behind it.

Update: apology text via Haaretz:
“We understand that the cartoon allows for an interpretation through anti-Semitic codes and stereotypes that absolutely do not correspond with JUSO’s basic values,” the organization wrote in a statement on Jan. 23. ”We would like to apologize unreservedly for this regrettable error and affirm that there was no intention to reproduce anti-Semitism.”

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