Russian cartoon shows fast international spread of anti-Semitic rhetoric
In Russian, the sign reads “synagogue” on the top while the caption reads, “The face of an anti-Semite.”
We have previously shown this cartoon when it appeared on an American anti-Semitic blog. Its quick appearance in a Russian language format shows clearly how the internet serves to spread anti-Semitic propaganda throughout the world.
The rapid growth of white supremacist groups in Russia and Eastern Europe is heavily influenced by the stream of propaganda produced by American extremists, who have no significant influence at home but are an inspiration to thousands of the more gullible abroad.
As to the cartoon itself, many in the anti-Semitic camp make the absurd claim that anti-Semitism is a non-existent phenomenon, either exaggerated by the Jews, or even forged by them. They argue that Jews invent instances of anti-Semitism to gain sympathy for self-serving goals. This is not only false and absurd, it also fits in with the traditional Jew-hater's concept of the Jews as immoral and deceitful.