Posted: March 30, 2004
Following the Israeli operation against Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the terrorist group Hamas, newspapers around the world featured caricatures that were harshly critical of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In Greece, a number of caricatures crossed the line from criticism of Israel and Prime Minister Sharon to anti-Semitism:
Eleftheroptypia March 23, 2004: A cartoon (above) by Stathis Stavropoulos depicts Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush dressed like Nazi officers with swastikas on their uniforms, both shooting pistols. In the caricature, President Bush tells Prime Minister Sharon: "Assassinations brought us nowhere Ariel, but the assassination of politics may lead somewhere."
Eleftherotypia March 24, 2004: A caricature (above)by Stathis Stavropoulos shows Ariel Sharon dressed like a Nazi with a swastika on his arm stating: "Fascism is not only the logic of killing, but primarily killing logic."
Eleftherotypia, March 27, 2004: The first middle aged woman asks the man, "Why did the Jewish Government kill a religious leader?" The man answers: "They are practicing for Easter." In the second frame, the woman says: "Sharon killed a crippled leader." The man responds: "That's nothing. He also asked to assume the responsibility for the security of the Special Olympics."