Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Cartoonist fired for pig image of Netanyahu
The Israeli cartoonist Avi Katz has been fired because of a drawing in which he depicts Prime Minister Netanyahu and other members of the Likud Party as pigs. At the top of the cartoon is George Orwell‘s famous phrase from Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.
The cartoon appeared in the weekly journal Jerusalem Report and is a reference to the decision of the Israeli parliament last week to legally establish that Israel is a Jewish nation state.
Among other things, it stipulates that Hebrew exclusively becomes the official language. From now on Arabic is a language with a special status. The Arab minority and other critics in Israel call the law discriminatory and racist. Arab Israelis thus feel relegated to second-class citizenship.
Animal Farm was written during the Second World War and published in 1945. It describes a revolution on a farm, where people are chased away. The pigs seize power whereby life gradually becomes harder for the other animals.
Jerusalem Report Cartoonist, Fired Over Nation-State Caricature, Tells Us What Happened: here.
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