Letter: Aislin’s cartoon of Stephen Harper was ‘a bit much’

After Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moving speech in Israel, it didn’t take long for the haters to crawl out from under their rocks.

The above cartoon was penned by “Aislin,” the pen name of The Montreal Gazette editorial cartoonist Christopher Terry Mosher and the implications are obvious, that PM Harper and the Canadian Government are lackeys ‘controlled by the Jews’.

This is the sort of stuff (and far worse) that runs routinely in the Arab world, usually with a hook-nosed stereotypical Evil Jew as a puppeteer,animal trainer, or something of that ilk.

Nor, as one of my Canadian readers informs me is it the first time Christopher Terry Mosher has given flight to his anti-semitic fantasies.In 1982, during Israel’s war in Lebanon against PLO terrorists, he penned a cartoon showing Menachem Begin as a vampire bat with fangs, flying along holding bombs in his “talons” with the caption reading “torah, torah, torah.”

I can guarantee you Mosher would never dare to draw a cartoon of Mohammed beheading someone and screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’

As to the foul, traditionally anti-semitic canard PM Harper being a ‘lackey’ of the Jews, he made clear that while his love and feelings of friendship for Israel are deep and sincere, it is not a love that’s blind, but a partnership based on similar values, goals and aspirations.

But apparently even that is too much for Mosher and people that think like him.

You know what? Mosher can draw whatever he likes as far as I’m concerned, and the Gazette is free to publish it. But I also have no problem calling it Jew hatred as well as an insult to PM Harper and the Canadian government, as well as Canada’s Jews, and saying that the paper’s subscribers and advertisers need to understand what they’re supporting. And in the case of the advertisers especially, to expect a reaction.

They made their choice, and we are certainly free to make ours.

You see, that’s freedom too.