Israeli ambassador to Portugal
accuses cartoonist Vasco Gargalo of anti-Semitism

Israel's Ambassador to Portugal, Raphael Gamzou, accused Portuguese cartoonist Vasco Gargalo of making a "holocaust hatred and banalization" cartoon of the Holocaust this Saturday and appealed to Saturday's magazine to disassociate himself from the author.

In a letter addressed to the magazine Saturday and sent to Lusa, the ambassador criticizes the cartoonist Vasco Gargalo for having made a cartoon that symbolically compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Holocaust.
Referring to the "pestilent stench of anti-Semitic cartoons" by Vasco Gargalo, the Israeli diplomat points out that, if the cartoonist's work were to be translated into text, it would be a "blatantly anti-Semitic article that trivializes what was the greatest tragedy in Human History, through the use of all the stereotypes we promote hatred for Jews. "

Em causa is a cartoon, entitled "Crematório", which Vasco Gargalo published 'online', on the Cartoon Movement platform on November 15, 2019, and which he published last week, commenting on the peace plan for the Middle East presented hairs United States.

Cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushing a drawer, covered with the Palestinian flag, to a crematoria where "Arbeit Macht Frei" is inscribed, replicating the phrase at the entrance from the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.

"It is my vision of this attack. When I did the cartoon I knew it was strong, that it would touch on the Holocaust victims, but in fact there is nothing more than what I see. It is a comparison that I made of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," said Vasco Gargalo to Lusa.

Because of this cartoon, Vasco Gargalo revealed that he received death threats and insults, talks about "persecution" and "enormous pressure [from the Jewish community] on the media."

According to Vasco Gargalo, the break-up of Courrier International, one of the publications with which he works, is almost certain, and the withdrawal of the Free Feathers Prize that the publication attributed to him last November.

"It does not bother me to withdraw the prize, it will not influence my way of drawing. In the day when I feel pressured I stop doing my job. What I want to know is until I post a publication as the Courrier International defends freedom. of expression, if you give in to international pressure, "he said.

The cartoonist has ensured that we maintain a working relationship with the Correio da Manhã and Saturday magazine.

At Lusa Agency, Saturday's director, Eduardo Dâmaso, recalled that the cartoon about me was not published in the magazine and stated that there was no reason to end the contractual relationship with the cartoonist, stressing the author's "freedom of breeding" defense. .

At the fourth fair, the international Jewish human rights organization B'nai B'rith accused Vasco Gargalo of "demonizing the state of Israel" by comparing it to the Nazi regime, and also urged Saturday's magazine to disassociate itself from the cartoonist.

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