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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Why No Apologies for Obscene Anti-Jewish Cartoons?

By Rabbi James Rudin

(UNDATED) The violent Muslim reaction to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad is a reminder that instant communications and globalization have speeded up the increasingly bitter confrontation between the West and militant Islam. That process will only accelerate, bringing toxic xenophobic Islamic societies into closer contact with the “Satanic” West. Almost unnoticed during the current furor is the huge number of obscene anti-Jewish cartoons and articles that regularly appear in the Arab and Islamic media. While demanding that the West curtail all anti-Islamic cartoons and articles, Arab and Muslim leaders encourage a relentless anti-Jewish campaign in their own electronic and print media.

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