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(Deutsch:) Latuff ist ein Cartoonist aus Rio de Janeiro. Seine Hauptinteressen liegen in globaler sozialer Gerechtigkeit und in der Freiheit Palästinas.

Latuff Links
- Latuff's Youtube Channel
- http://latuff.deviantart.com
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latuff
- www.angelfire.com/la/latuff/pinochet.html
- members.tripod.com/Chiapas_2/latuff/

On this Page:
- Hearts, Minds and Pockets (2003)
- Likud Party Discovers Latuff (2006)
- Latuff bei Indymedia (2002)
- Some Pics mostly from 2002
- Forgiveness Series (2004)

(English:) Latuff is a cartoonist from Rio de Janeiro. His major interest is global social justice and freedom for Palestine.

Article: Hearts, Minds and Pockets (2003)
Hearts, Minds and Pockets
More than souls, church leaders are in competition for markets.
By Latuff, 25 April 2003

Is there such thing as a perfect crime? The "bishop" Edir Macedo gives us a classic case study of perfect crime. Through a refined method of religious extortion, the leader of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, amassed, in a very short time, a fortune that was bigger then the fortunes of the Saudi magnates. Counting on the cooperation of his followers, which are members of the most impoverished groups in the Brazilian populations, Edir Macedo, erected churches all over the place. The Brazilian temples are pharaonic in style and grandeur. He also owns radio and television stations, extending his influence to the legislature, where elected members are part of the evangelic lobby. They are involved at municipal and state level, as well.

For some, Edir Macedo is an example to be followed. There are many, out there, that are interested in following his formula for prosperity. One of them is, actually, his brother in law R.R.Soares.

He is a "missionary", a type of dissident, who has fared quiet well at the Igreja Universal, but doesn't have the amount of money nor the clout that Macedo has. Following the same process that Macedo used, Soares founded his own church. It is called Igreja Internacional da Graca de Deus. The "Missionary" who does not yet has his own radio or TV, has been buying spaces in different television channels, including the noble time at Brazilian TV Bandeirantes, where he presents his program "Show da Fe." The name fits like a glove. If television exhibits desperate people as if they are animals in a circus, why not make faith a type of attractive spectacle like the Jerry Springer show?

During the programs presented by Soares and his coterie of pastors and lay people, what one see is a series of "miracles" obtained by people that send monthly payments to the church. This can be done by dialing 300, or by making transfers to banks. The caller (also know as associate member) even pays for the telephone call. However Soares is a fair man. He doesn't demand that people give money to the church. According to the "Missionary", Jesus tells the person of faith, how much it should give. Soares suggestions are, minimum of 30 reais per month and if one can afford, more. There are those that offer monthly payments of 50 or 100 reais (Brazilian currency, which is about 1 dollar equals 2,50 reais).

During the religious services, the "Missionary", decide to cure the people present, in a flash of a moment's notice. From serious illness till stomach burn, the witnesses declare how Soares healing prayers, in the name of Jesus, cured them. Obviously we cannot count on the faithful testimonies. Because there is no way to prove that they came in sick and left healed. However faith is the name of the game, I am not the appropriated person to instigate doubt. If the caller or church member says that he is cured, in that moment, probably he is being cured. However the blessing is not always instantaneous. In the show, "Talk with the Minister", presented through UHF, by RIT (Rede Internacional de Televisao), owned by Soares, a pastor received a phone call from a spectator, who hoped to get cured from a certain pain. The pastor closes his eyes and start praying. After the prayer he asks if the pain is gone. The faithful respond: No. The pastor close his eyes again making a grim face and he prays again. Nothing happens. The pain continues. The pastor finishes with that faithful and request that the person in question continues to pray farther on his own.

There are testimonies of people that contribute monthly, because it was Jesus' work, which enabled a husband's lover to get sick and move to another city. Or there is the story of another associate member, who declares proudly that she was able to buy 3 refrigerators, after her membership started. The Missionary smiles, thanks them and ask in a bombastic voice: "applauses for Jesus!"

But behind all this spectacle of charlatanism, there is the constant propagation of nazi style theories. One of the examples is the last year-televised sermon against homosexuality. He used a metaphor to explain to millions of viewers, why the relationship between same sex partners is abominable. He asked people to imagine the following: "There are cows and bulls. If the bulls don't cover the cows, what are they good for? Nothing! Therefore they must be slaughtered.

When there are prayers, pastors from the Igreja da Graca, command that negativity and all sicknesses leave the body of the faithful (homosexuality is one of the diseases mentioned) and homosexuality is also related to evil, according to him and his brand of evangelization. In dealing with the crusade for the hearts, minds and pockets, of some of the poorest people in the world, the devil has being a constant companion of the pastors and missionaries. Without the devil, there would not be any reason for the Pastors existences. Practically everything is attributed to demoniac forces, even a simple headache. The Afro-Brazilian cults are all work of Satan, according to the Igreja da Graca. Under this principle, there is a hateful campaign being waged against the adepts of Umbanda, Candomble and Kardecism. If you don’t pray by the bible or by the Pentecostal book of prayers, it is because you are Satan’s influence. The church also uses George W. Bush logic: "If you are not with us you are with the devil."

To support this fundamentalist indoctrination, the church has a publishing and audiovisual industry, R.R. Soares publishes, books, magazines, videos, CDs, with evangelic proselytizing and music. The so-called gospel music comes in a variety of rhythms, that extend from heavy-metal, to forro (typical Brazilian folk music), absorbing artists that are disparaged by the dominant media, while they repeat the same theme: Viva Christ. It doesn’t matter which singer or which song, all say Haleluya Jesus is my Savior, type of stuff. You buy 200 evangelic CDs from a diverse group of artists with different styles and you will hear the same dour cantillation, Jesus this, Jesus that, Jesus the other. Jesus is the oldest propaganda-boy.

These stories reveal more than just caricature or stereotyping, even though it is nothing new. It shows a great number of the population, poor and agonizing between the economic or moral debacle of the society struggling to fill in the vacuum created by the rich part of the civil society. Then come these messianic fraudulent con artists, with promises of a new world for 30 reais a month. These missionaries disseminate, discrimination, intolerance like the white Europeans did with the small pox and syphilis among the indigenous people. These con artists use the media to forcibly evangelize all that have no access to proteins, education, health care and cable TV.

R.R. Soares and Edir Macedo are in competition with each other. They are competing for the same territory of the poor masses’ minds. They are faith Mafiosos. They are proof that with a good economic plan and a Bible in hand; anyone can make him/herself recognized by the society. Some Bible knowledge and a keen understand of human frailties and fears, will get your pockets and bank account brimming with money.

Special thanks to Regina for translation from original in Portuguese.

(Para os leitores brasileiros: estou publicando a versão em inglês do artigo "Corações, mentes e bolsos" para atender aos leitores estrangeiros. O texto em português já foi publicado aqui, mas caso alguém não tenha lido, pode acessar a página http://www.novae.inf.br/latuff/picaretas_da_fe.htm. Obrigado pela tradução, Regina!)

Likud Party Discovers Brazilian Artist Latuff
Anis Hamadeh, September 11, 2006

The Israeli Likud Party recently discovered the Brazilian image-maker Latuff. There is a text dating from September 5, 2006 in Hebrew together with 13 images displayed at www.likudnik.co.il/Front/NewsNet/reports.asp?reportId=171273. Here is an English translation of the article, followed by a commentary and the 13 cartoons. The emphasis in bold letters is added:1

Carlos Latuff – He has a reference in Wikipedia; at Google you can find 8 pages about him. But what does the Foreign Affairs Ministry know about him? The Mossad? The Committee of Foreign Affairs and Security? The Israeli Army? Any other element that deals with Israel's security?
Carlos Latuff – an Arabic family name. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 36 years old. On his homepage he is photographed with Leila Khaled, the terrorist who hijacked an Israeli airplane. He is one of the biggest Israel-haters.
He is the headmaster of one of the biggest factories for propaganda and incitements against Israel, he distributes poison in every place.
The damage he's doing to Israel amongst youth around the world is enormous. He is one of the most influential Anti-Zionists in the world wide web, an awesome graphic talent, and a great cartoonist. He knows how to influence and use the internet. He is a top player in the Iranian evil industry, and his cartoons participate in the holocaust denial gallery in Teheran.
He hates America & Israel, his cartoons show Israelis and their rulers as demons. He sends missiles of hatred no less powerful than the missiles that Iran is developing, and he takes part in a gigantic genocide industry, with one goal – the destroying of the Jewish state.
In an impressive video movie, in clear English, he's trying to unite all those who hate Israel. In a movie distributed in the net he asks them to be active and to participate in the struggle on the information front – to write stories & poems, to talkback, to blog, send photos, to participate in meetings and demos, to be active and to unite.
His satanic cartoons are published in the world journals, and in endless number of websites. He does not ask for copyrights and he urges people to use them freely.
And what is Israel doing? Nothing!!!
Did they complain to the Brazilian embassy?
Think what would happen to an Israeli citizen that was exposing the leaders of Brazil in this way. Did anybody try to charge him with incitement and attempted murder? Did anybody hear about him at all ??
This is the WMD that Prof. Harari, the ex-headmaster of Weitman institute lectured about in the last Hertzlia convention. This is the danger Prof. Yoav Gelbar is warning in his publicity work. That what brings the heads of the Jewish Congress to Israel this week.
The Israeli carelessness on the information front is not acceptable and can't go on. This Carlos should have been "taken care of" a long time ago, in some way or another. The question is: what should we do, and whose responsibility is it to do so?
I call you all to be active. There is no one institute that can challenge this kind of genocidal war. Not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor the Ministry of Defense, or even any other ministry. We have to unite, as Carlos suggested, and act together.
We are witnessing a systematic & basic way of giving legitimacy to hit the "Zionist demon". Carlos Latuff excels at this kind of propaganda. The problem will be solved – the "final solution"  – by the Iranian President, who enjoys those drawings & cartoons, Nazi Germany, Holocaust denial, Hizbullah & its rockets. This is the reason he needs those atomic plants, he needs them to kill all those disgusting creatures that Latuff is drawing, and then the world will be a better place. There were others that tried it before, remember?
Goebbels was the propaganda minister of the 3rd Reich and made propaganda a powerful weapon for the Nazi regime. His basic assumption was that a lie said enough times became truth in the consciousness of people. Now we know that Hitler wrote his books and then manifested them in the Holocaust. The things that are said against Israel in internet forums & visual elements are copies of the Nazi propaganda. This is an ideology of genocide that has proven its power in the past."

It is an interesting phenomenon how the Likud – whoever wrote it – reacts on Latuff's pictures. Here is what Latuff replies in an authorized quote: "Of course, we can expect anything from IsraHell. If they can carry on 'selective killings' of Palestinians, and carpet Beirut with tons of bombs murdering hundreds of civilians, what is the big deal about 'neutralizing' one cartoonist in Brazil? Death threats, cheap attempts to terrorize me, however, will not prevent me from supporting Palestinians in their struggle against brutal Israeli occupation. The most that Likud creeps can do is silence me with a bullet, but they will never be able to silence my art."

In the text above, Latuff obviously is compared with "the Nazis". Not only that, he is reproached with "attempted murder" and a genocidal "final solution". Therefore, the text is suggesting in a threatening way, Latuff should be "taken care of, in some way or another". It is remarkable how the Nazi evil is projected onto this artist. Latuff is seen here as a destroyer, not as a critic. He is demonized in that his cartoons are called "satanic". He is viewed as a "top player in the Iranian evil industry". Yet, Latuff did not kill any people, but Likud killed many.

It is only natural that the Likud party is not especially fond of Latuff. The Brazilian does exhibit provocative items. The ones chosen by Likud are not even the most provocative ones by far. I have seen others... On the pages I created here on Anis Online I have not shown them all. Some of the pictures I did not like, they went too far for my measures. But I did not hold this against Latuff, because it is his right to freely express himself and to freely develop. Furthermore, there is the famous "Forgiveness" series which is a completely different side of the artist. No Nazi could have done it...

It is a funny detail that in the Likud article about Latuff there is the suggestion to complain to the Brazilian embassy. The idea behind it is that governments should control their artists, a kind of Middle Ages notion of art. (Will they call for attacking Brazil next?) Obviously, the writers of the article above are completely helpless, on the one hand, and fully unaware of the fact that Latuff's images are reactions on Israel's massive crimes, on the other. This blindness unfortunately is encouraged and affirmed by Israel's friends, like the USA or Germany. They don't intervene, so Israel does not realize that its measures towards Arabs have from the beginning been racist and brutal. Our mainstream media is presenting us a lie every day. There are much more people around in this world who actually do not accept Israel's standpoint. They are millions, if not billions. They cannot all be killed, you see. They know about the security arguments and terrorism and all that, but they also know about the occupation and destruction of the land of Canaan and thus regard Israel's actions as selfish and arrogant. And they do not accept this bloodshed with the Hitler and the anti-Semitism argument. Therefore there is a huge global opposition against the official Israel. It is repressed to an extend in many countries, but it can never be stopped as long as Israel does not stop its delusive war against "evil". In this way, Latuff is right when he says they will never be able to silence his art.

Let's see the pictures now that Likud was friendly enough to give a wide publication on the mentioned page. (In full size on the page mentioned above.) Maybe they did it because of his artistic abilities. Keep in mind the Likud plaudit: "An awesome graphic talent, and a great cartoonist":

1. Here we see a Mr. Olmert who lets bombs fall down on Lebanon and Palestine. The text says: "Collective Punishment, Trademark of Israel". Now, where is the scandal? Is it the criticism of collective punishment, or is it collective punishment?

4. Worried Palestinian behind the Israeli wall, dressed as a detainee with a red badge for "Palestinian" on his shirt, and a number. There is a clear reference to actual situations here. Israel built a wall on Palestinian land (!) and locks the Palestinians away. It is a disgraceful wall and most people in the world hate it. Small wonder that cartoonists take this subject. Comparison with Nazis? Yes, here Israelis are compared with Nazis. There is a clear reference to actual situations.

7. A girl watering a small tree which is growing out of a big dead cedar tree, still smoking, a symbol for Lebanon. (Why did the Likud pick even this one?)

2. The soldiers/butchers in this cartoon say: "Israel Occupation forces are entering Gaza... Since there's no longer Israeli settlements there, Gaza is now free fire zone!" Now, what is to be criticized? Is it the mapping of Israeli slaughtering, or is it Israeli slaughtering?

5. An Israeli soldier who is angry that the UN demands a truce. He had just shot a big hole into Lebanon with a US weapon and missed the small apple on the head of the Hezbollah man who is standing in front of Lebanon, symbolized with the flag.

8. Under US applause, an Israeli soldier presents a bomb to the Lebanese people "From Israel with Love". The West is looking away and the UN is stifled. The subtext says: "In loving memory of the children of the Lebanese village of Qana, murdered in an Israeli attack on 30 July, 2006". The soldier is portrayed in an ugly way to indicate that his action is ugly. It is not fiction, the Israelis did, in fact, commit the Qana and many other crimes recently in Lebanon.

3. A Lebanese child set on fire by an Israeli gasoline can. One must keep in mind that the Likud (and the other parties) also opposed international media when it did not follow the official Israeli propaganda and when it gave too much attention to the killed Lebanese civilians. There were far more than a thousand Lebanese people killed (for the alleged reason that two Israeli soldiers were captured on probably Lebanese soil)

6. A satirical picture showing Mr. Olmert on "The IsraHell War Crimes Channel". He says: "Unfortunately we had to stop the rain of bombing over Lebanon, but weather in Gaza still the same".

9. Mr. Olmert speaking in front of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), saying "We want full-scale war" and "Gaza, Beirut, Damascus, Teheran". He is barefoot, kind of kneeling on the desk, the mouth dripping foam, and dressed in a white lunetic's jacket so that he cannot move his arms He is laughing insanely. The scene refers to the prevailing delusion in Israel's politicians who think they are allowed to kill everybody who they don't like. A great part of the world thinks of Israeli politicians that way.

10. Condoleeza Rice here, in a corn flakes parody, saying: "Burning flesh smells so good." Out of the box of war crimes fall bombs, they fall onto Beirut and Gaza. This refers to US aid to the killing in Lebanon and the whole marketing of the war, where the publics are fooled by media and politicians.

11. An Israeli plane sending bombs to the shore of Lebanon, about to kill a boy.

12. The text says: "Israel began a fifth day of bombardments as part of an operation that followed Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers. More than 80 Lebanese were killed, including women and children." – One of the soldiers says: "I heard that in 1942 the Nazis massacred civilians in Lidice as revenge for the death of a Nazi officer." – The other one answers: "Yes! The good ol' Nazis taught us a lot..." – I personally don't like that too much. Still, it refers to real situations. I wrote about the phenomenon elsewhere and don't want to get in on Nazi comparisons now.

13. Text TV: "Israeli troops and tanks moved into Southern Gaza and arrest Palestinian minister." – USA says: "Israel has a right to defend itself from the Palestinians." – Tied-up UN says: "But who will defend the Palestinians from Israel?"

All in all, Latuff can be happy to receive so much attention and laud from the Likud. Too bad that those people do not have the means to deal with a guy like Latuff. They only have oppressive means at their disposal. And this is exactly what the Likud text proves: every criticism is connected to Hitler in one way or another, beyond all limits of reason. The Likud words about Latuff are no rational words, they are traumatic words. They have nothing to do with Latuff.

1: It is not possible for me to check the validity of this translation. It came to me in an email. If there are mistakes in it, please tell me, so I can correct them. (back)

Latuff bei Indymedia
Anis Hamadeh – 28.08.02

In einer Presseerklärung vom 26.08.02 nimmt die AKdH (Aktion Kinder des Holocaust, Schweiz, http://www.akdh.ch) Stellung zur Einstellung eines Strafverfahrens, welches sie gegen den brasilianischen Zeichner Latuff bzw. seine Veröffentlichungen bei Indymedia.org geführt hatte. Es geht um eine Zeichnung, die einen Jungen mit dem Davidstern zeigt. In der Sprechblase steht: „I am Palestinian“. Diese Zeichnung steht im Kontext mit mehreren ähnlichen Cartoons, in denen ein Schwarzer, ein Indianer und andere jeweils in einer Unterdrückungssituation gezeigt werden. Alle sagen: „I am Palestinian“.

In der Urteilsbegründung heißt es: „Doch selbst wenn damit der Betrachter emotional gegen das jüdische Volk beeinflusst wird, so wird nicht das jüdische Volk als solches kritisiert, sondern dessen politisches Verhalten gegenüber den Palästinensern. Es geht dabei nicht um eine bestimmte Eigenschaft der Juden als Menschen, sondern um deren Vorgehen im gegenwärtigen Konflikt. Die grundrechtliche Gleichwertigkeit als Menschen wird den Juden damit nicht abgesprochen.“ (S. 2/Absatz 1.2.)

Dazu sagt die AKdH unter anderem: „Die Bezirksanwaltschaft spricht von 'DEM jüdischen Volk', das offenbar 'EIN politisches Verhalten' gegenüber Palästinensern zeigt. Die Erfindung der einheitlichen jüdischen Haltung 'des jüdischen Volkes' ist ein mehrfach wissenschaftlich belegtes antisemitisches/antijudaistisches Denkstereotyp! Es wird damit dem 'jüdischen Volk' nicht nur eine pluralistische politische Haltung abgesprochen – diese Optik ist insbesondere Grundlage für die antisemitische Wahnvorstellung der jüdischen Weltverschwörung.“

Samuel Althof, Sprecher der AKdH, fügt hinzu: „Wir sind der Meinung, – dies um Missverständnissen vorzubeugen – dass das politische Verhalten der aktuellen politischen und militärischen Behörden in Israel gegenüber den Palästinensern durchaus kritisierbar ist und kritisiert werden soll. (Siehe: http://www.akdh.ch/akdh-ovp.htm)“

Sami Althof macht Friedensarbeit, seit er 1975 von der israelischen Armee desertiert ist, und ich lese seine Beiträge seit einiger Zeit mit Wohlwollen. Es ist an Juden bzw. Israelis wie ihm und Palästinensern wie mir, die wir Gewalt verabscheuen, für Frieden im Nahen Osten zu sorgen und positiv auf die Extremisten auf unseren jeweiligen Seiten einzuwirken.

Die Kritik der AKdH an der Bezirksanwaltschaft zeigt aber deutlich, wie die Schuld Israels selbst von jüdischen Friedensaktivisten gedeckt wird: Sie bewertet bereits den Ausdruck „das jüdische Volk“ als Stereotyp und als latent antisemitisch, ja rassistisch. Cui bono? Diese Hyperempfindlichkeit nützt vor allem israelischen Gewalttätern wie der Armee. „Die Juden“ oder „die Israelis“ gibt es in dieser Sichtweise eben nicht, Schuldzuweisungen für Menschenrechtsverletzungen werden damit an die extremen Gruppen abgeschoben, und die anderen haben nichts damit zu tun. Damit wird – zum großen Teil wohl unbewusst – von Scharon abgelenkt. Gleichzeitig mit derartigen Strafanzeigen betont die AKdH ihre eigene Opferschaft („Wie Indymedia-AktivistInnen die AKdH zu erpressen versuchen / über die AKdH werden bei Indymedia abstruse antisemitische Verschwörungstheorien verbreitet / über den AKdH-Sprecher Samuel Althof werden weiterhin abstruse Behauptungen, Lügen und Beleidungungen bei Indymedia-Switzerland veröffentlicht / Der AKdH und anderen Beteiligten wird mit roher Gewalt gedroht / Hackerangriffe von Indymedia auf AKdH“ etc.)

Es ist diese Hyperempfindlichkeit und Klagewut, die auf Kosten der Palästinenser den Diskurs verzerrt. Ist es ein Wunder, dass etwa Deutsche sich fürchten, Israel zu kritisieren, wenn sie solche Überreaktionen in Kauf nehmen müssen? Denken wir auch an die rezenten Probleme der israelischen Friedensgruppe Gush Shalom zurück, dessen von mir verehrter Initiator Uri Avnery fast schon als Alibi auf den Seiten der AKdH (und anderen jüdischen Homepages) gepusht wird: Als Gush Shalom eine Broschüre an israelische Soldaten ausgab, wo Tacheles geredet wurde, reagierte die israelische Öffentlichkeit ganz ähnlich: Natürlich darf man kritisieren, aber nicht so weit, dass es tatsächliche Veränderungen bringen könnte!

Es ist traurig, dass gute Männer wie Bruder Sami Althof, für den ich durchaus gute Gefühle hatte, nicht den Mut zu einer konsequenten Meinung haben. Wenn er mal Scharon so aufpusten würde wie Latuff! In welchem Verhältnis steht denn das? Der tiefere Grund des anti-anti-semitischen Geschreis und der wehleidigen Herumklagerei ist, dass viele Juden sich als Opfer des Holocausts noch nicht genügend beachtet finden, ein Argument, das sicher eine Berechtigung hat, weil Deutschland bekanntlich seine Vergangenheit nicht bewältigt hat. Die Identitätslosigkeit einiger Juden, die Aktivisten wie Althof durchaus geläufig ist, wird so überbrückt, eine geistige Heimat durch Abgrenzung von anderen (Rechtsextremen, Rassisten, Anti-Semiten, Palästinensern) aufgebaut. Die Palästinenser sind oft nicht viel besser, jedoch sind es nicht die Palästinenser, die Israel besetzen, sondern die Israelis, die Palästina besetzen. Das wird häufig vergessen.

Sami Althofs unfreiwillig komischer Kommentar zu dieser Kritik in einer Email ist, dass Hypersensibilität „ein altes antisemitisches Denkstereotyp“ ist. Ich geb's auf.

Latuff at Indymedia
Anis Hamadeh – 28 August 2002

In a press release dated 26 August 2002, the AKdH (Aktion Kinder des Holocaust, Switzerland) expresses its opinion about the suspension of criminal proceedings which it had instituted against the Brazilian cartoonist Latuff over a publication of his in Indymedia.org. The subject was a cartoon showing a boy with a Star of David saying: "I am Palestinian". This cartoon is placed among other, similar cartoons showing a black person, an American Indian and other people in situations of oppression. All say: "I am Palestinian".

In the official judgement suspending the proceedings, it is said: "Even if the observer is emotionally biased against the Jewish people with this [cartoon], it is not the Jewish people as such that is being criticized, but their political behaviour towards the Palestinians. The issue is not a certain characterization of the Jews, but their stance in the current conflict. The constitutional equality of the Jews as human beings is thereby not denied. (p.2, paragraph 1.2.)"

In its reply, AKdH says, among other things: "The district attorneyship talks about "THE Jewish people", which seems to have "ONE political behaviour" towards Palestinians. The invention of a homogeneous Jewish attitude of "the Jewish people" is a manifold, scientifically proven anti-Semitic/anti-Jewish stereotype! Not only is the "Jewish people" denied pluralistic political attitudes – this view specially is the basis for the anti-Semitic frenzy of the existence of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy."

Samuel Althof, spokesman for AKdH, adds: "We are of the opinion – in order to prevent misunderstandings – that the political behaviour of the current political and military authorities in Israel towards the Palestinians can and should by all means be subject to criticizm."

Since he deserted the Israeli army in 1975, Sami Althof has been a peace worker, and I have been reading his contributions for some time with benevolence. It is the job of Jews and Israelis, respectively, like him, and Palestinians, like me, who we detest violence, to care for peace in the Middle East and to try to have a positive effect on the extremists on our respective sides.

Yet the criticizm of AKdH towards the district attorneyship clearly indicates how Israel's guilt is concealed even by Jewish peace activists: it views even the term "the Jewish people" as a stereotype and as latently anti-Semitic and racist. Cui bono? This hypersensitivity most of all serves Israeli perpetrators of violence and oppression, like the army. "The Jews" or "the Israelis" simply do not exist in this view; apportionment of guilt for human rights violations are passed over to extremist groups, but the others have nothing to do with it. With this – I believe subconsciously-held – attitude, attention is diverted from Ariel Sharon. Parallel with complaints of this kind, AKdH stresses its own victimhood ("how Indymedia activists try to blackmail AKdH"; "Indymedia propagates absurd anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about AKdH"; "Indymedia-Switzerland is still publishing absurd allegations, lies and insults about AKdH spokesman Samuel Althof"; "AKdH and other involved parties are threatened with raw violence"; "hacker attacks by Indymedia on AKdH", etc.)

This hypersensitivity and over-eagerness to sue people is distorting the discourse at the expense of the Palestinians. Small wonder that Germans, for example, are afraid of criticizing Israel, if they have to deal with such overreactions. Let us also remember the recent problems of the Israeli peace group Gush Shalom, the founder of which, Uri Avnery, who I hold in high esteem, is being pushed on the pages of AKdH (and many other Jewish Internet sites) almost as an alibi. When Gush Shalom circulated a brochure among Israeli soldiers in which they talked tacheles (i.e. straight), the Israeli public reacted in a similar manner to AKdH: of course you may criticize, but not so far that it could bring about real changes!

It is sad that good men like brother Sami Althof, for whom I had a lot of good feelings, do not have the courage to have a consequential opinion. If he only pumped up Sharon once in a way he did with Latuff! Where is the sense of proportionality? The deeper reason for the anti-anti-Semitic howling and the resort to law suits is that many Jews do not consider themselves to be sufficiently acknowledged as victims of the Holocaust, an argument which surely has a point to it, because Germany – as is known, has not come to terms with its past. The lack of identity among some Jews, which is common knowledge for activists like Althof, is bridged by this; a substitutional home is created through merely building an antithesis to others (right-wing extremists, racists, anti-Semites, Palestinians). The Palestinians frequently are not much better; however, it is not the Palestinians who occupy Israel, but it is the Israelis who occupy Palestine. This is often forgotten.

Sami Althof's unwillingly comical comment on this criticizm, which he made in an email, is that hypersensitivity is "an old anti-Semitic stereotype of mind". I rest my case.

Pics mostly from 2002

Forgiveness series, copyleft artworks on behalf of peace for both Palestinians and Israelis, by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff.
Die Vergebungsserie, frei verwendbare Kunst für den Frieden für Palästinenser wie Israelis, von dem brasilianischen Cartoonisten Latuff.
"Perdão", série de ilustrações "copyleft", produzidas pelo cartunista brasileiro Latuff, em favor da paz para os povos palestino e israelense.

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong"
„Die Schwachen können niemals vergeben. Vergebung ist eine Eigenschaft der Starken.“
"O fraco nunca poderá perdoar. O perdão é a marca dos fortes."
Mahatma Gandhi

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)

"Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten."
„Wut wird niemals verschwinden, solange im Geist Gedanken des Grolls gepflegt werden. Wut wird verschwinden, sobald die Gedanken des Grolls vergessen sind.“
"O ódio nunca irá desaparecer enquanto mantivermos ressentimentos na mente. O ódio vai desaparecer tão logo o ressentimento for esquecido."

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)
Forgiveness (Part 3)/Perdão (Parte 3)

"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do."
„Wir werden nie all das Gute kennen, das ein einfaches Lächeln schaffen kann.“
"Nunca sabemos o bem que um simples sorriso pode fazer."
Mother Teresa (Madre Teresa de Calcutá)

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)
Forgiveness (Part 4)/Perdão (Parte 4)

Comment: "If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless."
„Wenn wir Auge um Auge und Zahn um Zahn anwenden, wird die Welt bald blind und zahnlos sein.“
"Se praticarmos o olho por olho, dente por dente, em breve o mundo inteiro ficará cego e banguela."
Mahatma Gandhi

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)
Forgiveness (Part 5)/ Perdão (Parte 5)

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do"
„Jeder Mensch ist schuldig an all dem Guten, das er nicht getan hat.“
"Todo homem é culpado pelo bem que deixou de fazer."
For German readers: Siehe unten den Text "Die Schaukel"

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)
Forgiveness (Part 6)/ Perdão (Parte 6)

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend"
„Die Liebe ist die einzige Macht, die aus einem Feind einen Freund machen kann.“
"O amor é a única força capaz de transformar inimigos em amigos."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Latuff's Art Mailing List (2004)
Forgiveness (Part 7)/Perdão (Parte 7)

(Zum obigen Bild "Die Schaukel" aus Latuffs Forgiveness-Serie): Am Rücken spüre ich den starken Stamm des alten Baumes, der mich wie ein Freund stützt und gleichzeitig mit dem Himmel und der Erde verbindet. Von drüben höre ich das vergnügte Lachen schaukelnder Kinder. Im Rhythmus ihrer Bewegungen wird das Lachen mal leiser, mal lauter. Hin und her. Scheinbar losgelöst von der Welt schweben sie glücklich über sie hinweg, jedes nach eigenem Wollen, nach eigener Kraft. Und doch bleiben sie immer durch das gemeinsame Schaukelgerüst miteinander vereint. Wie eine Freundschaft, die trägt, auch wenn man sich für eine Zeit nicht sieht und eigene Wege geht. Weggehen und Wiederkommen. Vor und zurück.
Auch ihre Großväter kannten ein Vor und Zurück. Vorsichtige Annäherung und erschrockenes, manchmal wütendes Auseinanderrennen. Aber sie waren stets fest miteinander verbunden: durch das eine Land, in dem sie lebten. Und das sie lange nicht als ihr gemeinsames akzeptieren wollten.
Heute schaukeln ihre Enkel zusammen über unsere eine Heimat und lachen mit dem Gelb der Sonne und dem Blau des Himmels um die Wette ...
Diana Al-Jumaili, Juni 2005)

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