‘Funny’ Anti-Gaddafi Cartoons Reveal Rebel Racism, Anti-Semitism

Posted by John Rosenthal

In late February, back at the outset of the eastern Libyan rebellion against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi, I pointed to visual evidence of anti-Semitism and/or “anti-Zionism” among the protestors who provided the initial face of the rebellion vis-à-vis the outside world. In the meanwhile, much more visual evidence is available. Numerous Western media outlets have indeed run features on caricatures of Muammar al-Gaddafi created by supporters of the rebellion.

A closer look at the supposedly humorous material reveals the darker side of the rebellion. Two ideological tics stand out with particular clarity. One is the same anti-Semitism or “anti-Zionism” that was evident in the first days of the rebellion. The second is anti-African racism.

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