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Norway Cartoon May be Hate Crime, European Jewish Congress Says

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Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet may face legal action over a cartoon that depicted circumcision in a hateful manner, the European Jewish Congress said. Photo: Karl Baron via Flickr.com.

JNS.org – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) may take legal action against a Norwegian newspaper over a cartoon in Dagbladet, one of Norway’s leading newspapers, that “depicted circumcision in a blood-thirsty-demonic manner,” the EJC said in a press release.

The drawing, which showed police looking on as a man in a black hat and coat pierces the head of a bloodied baby with a pitchfork in the name of “tradition,” fell outside “the boundaries of freedom of speech,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the drawing would “make Hitler and Himmler weep tears of joy.”

“We are now studying the possibility that this legally constitutes incitement and even a hate crime and will therefore require legal action,” Kantor said. Tomas Drefvelin, in an email to a Norwegian pro-Israel organization, said his intention was not to draw Jews, adding that his point was a “general criticism of religions.”

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