Spanish TV commentator Inaki Gabilondo. Photo: Screenshot.
One of Spain’s leading political commentators was taken to task this week by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) over a broadcast in which he criticized the “powerful Jewish lobby in America.”
In a TV commentary broadcast on Wednesday entitled “Very Bad News,” Inaki Gabilondo claimed that The New York Times stopped running syndicated political cartoons “under pressure by the mighty Jewish lobby” following the furor over the publication of an antisemitic cartoon of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Galibondo argued that the cartoon “parodied the relationship between Trump and Netanyahu,” and that this had “worn out the patience of the Jewish lobby.”
The EJC noted in a statement on Thursday that Gabilondo had spoken of “the enormous power of the Jewish lobby in the United States” and of the weakness of today’s print media, which “bows down [to the lobby].”
The EJC quoted its local affiliate, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE), responding forcefully to Galibondo.
Charging Galibondo with having echoed antisemitic tropes used in the past by the dictatorial regime of the late Gen. Francisco Franco, the FCJE said that he had “resorted to the age-old antisemitic myth of the Jewish lobby. Just one step away from Franco’s Judeomasonic lobby conspiracy theories.”