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Brazilian cartoonist portrays Israeli soldiers as murderers

Feb. 3, 2019 12:44 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 4, 2019 3:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Following the arrival of an Israeli delegation in Brazil to assist search and rescue efforts after a tragic dam collapse in the country, Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff welcomed them with a caricature portraying Israeli soldiers as murderers.

Latuff, who is known for his anti-Zionism views, is a freelance political cartoonist whose work is published worldwide.

He is best known for his caricatures depicting Arab Spring events and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, which became a priority after visiting the area in the late 1990s.

Latuff's latest caricature showed Israeli soldiers getting off a plane with their hands covered in blood as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets them. In the caricature, the soldiers with a grin on their faces, tell Bolsonaro, "Sorry for our delay! We're busy killing Palestinians."

In response, Israeli comic book artist and a member of the Israeli Cartoon Project, Uri Fink, responded to Latuff with a caricature of the Brazilian artist holding a BDS sign while preventing an Israeli soldier from saving a little girl.

Many of Latuff’s caricatures have been labeled as anti-Semitic, however, he responded to these allegations in an interview with The Forward newspaper, saying, “My cartoons have no focus on the Jews or on Judaism. My focus is Israel as a political entity, as a government.”

He added, “Especially Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.”

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