THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, September 14, 1984
Jewish Community Center and
Australian Jews' complaint against
paper's biased cartoon is upheld
Melbourne (JTA) — In a
precedent-setting ruling, the Au-
stralian Press Council has upheld
a complaint against a leading na-
tional weekly newspaper for pub-
lishing an anti-Semitic cartoon
The complaint was brought by
the Executive Council of Austra-
lian Jewry (ECAJ) against The
National Times after a full-page
drawing was published depicting
a satanic cloven-hoofed rabbi slic-
ing an infant into pieces against a
background of a crescent moon
dripping blood. With the other
hand, the figure was dropping a
bomb on a mosque.
The caricature accompanied an
article by a pro-Palestinian aca-
demic Dr. Jeremy Salt, which
dealt with what the newspaper
described as the "brutal campaign
to drive out the West Bank Pales-
tinian." Although the article was
highly critical of the Israeli gov-
ernment, Dr. Salt did not know of
the cartoon and subsequently dis-
sociated himself from it in a letter
to The National Times, where he
described the images portrayed as
"highly offensive" not only to
Jews but to others.
The ECAJ made no complaint
to the press council about the arti-
cle and made a distinction in its
submission between vigorous and
even harsh criticism of Israel and
incitement to racial hatred of
The ECAJ pursued its corn-
Palestine body headquarters hit
Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israeli mili-
tary aircraft Sunday carried out a
bombing raid on a three-story
building outside Bhamdoum in
central Lebanon near the main
Beirut-Damascus Highway that
is said to have been the regional
headquarters of the Democratic
Front for the Liberation of Pales-
tine, headed by Nayef Hawatmeh.
All Israeli planes returned safely,
an army spokesman said.
However, the Abu Mussa group
announced in Beirut that it was
the unit which had been hit in the
building and that the officer
commanding its artillery code
named Abu Hassan, had been kil-
led and three other soldiers were
wounded when a missile hit an
ammunition dump. Beirut radio
said extensive damage had been
Meanwhile, in South Lebanon,
an Israel Defense Force armored
column patrolled north of the
Awali River Monday, to the
Kharoub region south of Beirut
where heavy fighting has been
going on between Druze and
The IDF patrols are reportedly
aimed at lessening the fighting
and ascertaining that terrorists
are not massing in the region.
An IDF soldier was slightly
wounded when a roadside charge
was exploded as an IDF .patrol
passed by some five kilometers
south of Ansariya village. Mon-
day's incident followed a warning
issued by Lebanon Shiite leader
Nabih Berry that Lebanese youth
were being trained for suicide at-
tacks against Israeli forces in
Neo-Nazi leader with links
to PLO tried in Nuremberg
Bonh (JTA) — Karl-Heinz
Hoffman, a prominent neo-Nazi
leader who has a long record of
cooperation with the Palestine
Liberation Organization, was
scheduled to go on trial this week
in Nuremberg fox allegedly hav-
ing plotted the murder of Jewish
publisher Shlomo Levin and his
female companion Frida Poes-
The murder took place Dec. 19,
1980, in the couple's house in Er-
langen, near Nuremberg.
Rudolf Brunner, the Nurem-
berg prosecutor, told journalists
that 60 witnesses, 21 experts and
many documents and objects were
expected to be brought to court to
convince the judges that Hoffman
was the man behind the murder.
But the actual killing was carried
out, according to the prosecution
by 29-year-old Uwe Behrendt, a
member of the banned para-
military Hoffman gfoup who
committed suicide in a PLO mili-
tary camp in Lebanon Sept. 16,
plaint to the council, the news-
paper industry's editorial watch-
dog, after Brian Toohey, the
editor of The National Times (a
left-liberal weekly newspaper
published in Sydney) defended
the drawing by artist Michael
Fitzjames as "legitimate strong
comment on Israeli policies."
Although the press council is
traditionally headed by a judge or
barrister, it has no legal powers.
But its adjudications are widely
published and they set the
standard on such issues as bias,
journalism ethics and racism.
In upholding the ECAJ com-
plaint, the council said the draw-
ing had gone beyond strong dis-
approval of the Israeli govern-
ment and used "images which
tapped deep well-spring of racial
and religious prejudice, thereby
giving deep offense to at least
some Jewish people through the
revival of memories of past perse-
In his defense the cartoonist
said he did not intend to be anti-
Jewish, but was referring specifi-
cally to Rabbi Meir Kahane, since
elected to the Knesset, who was
mentioned in the article.
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