The undoubted skills of Zapiro have once more been harnessed to the propaganda wagon in his latest anti-Israel cartoon in The Times this week.
He uses the shameful technique of lying by telling half-truths and avoiding vitally important contextual facts without which his audience is unable to arrive at informed opinions. This is called propaganda and is cowardly and dishonest.
I suspect he has sucked this out of his personal prejudices and he owes those who have been hurt by these lies, an apology.
Incidentally, why does Zapiro and his fellow BDS campaigners constantly pick on Israel. Why not target Syria where more innocents have been slaughtered in 60 months of government sponsored murder than have been killed by Israel fighting wars of survival in 60-years. Does this not merit Zapiro’s attention?
Here is just one example from an open letter I wrote to one of Zapiro’s chums, Kairos late last year:
“One of the worst Christian massacres—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the jihadi “rebels”. Surely this is not the time to be silent. Is it not time for you to turn your attention from Israel and bring succour to your own?
“The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament. Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’s Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, alas, only to be followed by it).
“In late October, the ‘Rebels’ invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week. Among other atrocities, 45 Christians—including women and children—were killed, several tortured to death; Sadad’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well.
“The jihadis even made two graphic videos (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, ‘Allahu Akbar’.”
This, is but the tip of the iceberg that the persecution of the Middle East’s Christian minority has suffered—including beheadings, church bombings, kidnappings, rapes, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of Christians.
A month before Sadad, another ancient Christian region, Ma’loula, one of the world’s very few regions that still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus, was besieged by the Jihadis, its churches bombarded and plundered, its inhabitants forced to convert to Islam or die. The last words of one man who refused were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.”
It seems that no ‘human conscience’ is to be found among Zapiro and his friends. I may be mistaken, but I have not heard him or Kairos or the BDS raising their voices against these atrocities.
The problem, of which Zapiro appears to be unaware, is no longer in his apparent mere indifference to the impending demise of Christianity in the lands of its birth, but in his active, ongoing, and open contribution to that demise, together with that of Israel.
Please, Zapiro, leave Israel alone. Israel protects all its citizens and the refugees who escape the terror in their own countries. Do not be influenced by propaganda, emotionalism, and mindless indoctrination. Devote your considerable energies, intelligence and skill to the plight of the real victims in the Middle East.