Thursday, May 3, 2012

My letter to the Washington Post RE Tom Toles' cartoon & an inaccurate image of Israel

April 27 cartoon by Tom Toles

RE:  An inaccurate image of Israel - letter by spokesman for the Embassy of Israel

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing the letter by yet another Israeli agent (spokesman for the Embassy of Israel) which points out Tom Toles' recent cartoon depicting Palestine as a piece of swiss cheese.  I might have missed Tom Toles' excellent and telling cartoon but for the Israeli agent's complaint. 

Caricatures do indeed convey powerful messages, and if anything Toles' cartoon is far too mild and understated with all those tidy self contained circles: Israel's offensive settlement projects and extensive institutionalized bigotry in the illegally occupied territories is in part sustained by a strangling network of  Jews-preferred roads and checkpoints. A more accurate image would take that into account, to help express how intrusive and unfair and cruel the situation really is for the men, women and children of Palestine as Israel continues to aggressively usurp Palestinian land, life and peace.

Anne Selden Annab

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