We have a policy on our site that we don’t edit cartoons for content. Â When we accept cartoonists on the site, we post all of their cartoons. Â Should we edit the cartoons? Here’s a new one from one of our regulars, Emad Hajjaj, a top cartoonist in Jordan, along with a reader email urging us not to post the cartoon below.
I have enjoyed your editorial cartoon collections for many years,Â it is really a great site.Â There have been a few occasion when a cartoon would offend and anger me, but Â what I saw on your site this week caused me a different reaction : complete bafflement.
I am talking about Emad Hajjaj “cartoon” named “Israeli stole organs of wounded & dead Palestinians. Â I am not going to talk about it’s subject.Â You certainly know as well as me that this disgusting rumor is an ugly fabrication of a Swedish tabloid; even it’s own editors and it’s alleged palestinian source admitted that it had no groundÂ . Which will make no difference, of course, but that’s our world.
I am not going to talk about Mr. Hajjaj.Â Â I used to respect the his artÂ despiteÂ the fact that his viewsÂ were more than different from mine;Â I certainly didn’t expect something that low, idiotic, despicable Â Â and obsene from him.Â Â ButÂ apparently that’s Emad Hajjaj.Â Â MaybeÂ one day his greatest fear will be a thought that his grandchildren will find out about this drawing.
What I don’t understand, is whatÂ does it do on YOUR site?Â Certainly if Dr. Goebbels had a website this drawing would be its centerpiece.Â But why did YOU publish it?Â There have to be SOME explanation, some reasonÂ why you wanted it shown under your heading – even if it meansÂ helping to spread a murderous rumor andÂ bringing to yourself the disgust and revultion of many readers.Â Â You wouldn’t publish a KKK drawing of a black person as an ape or cannibal, or a child pornography picture , would you?Â Then – why?
Don’t you think it needs to be explained to your readers? Hope to be able to check your blog.
Boris I. Bronfine, MD.