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The Israeli magazine fired a cartoonist after portraying him as the country’s prime minister in the form of a pig from Orwell’s novel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) is photographed with members of the ruling Likud Party at the end of the parliamentary session, at which the law on the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state was adopted, on July 19. Photo by: AR
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) is photographed with members of the ruling Likud Party at the end of the parliamentary session, at which the law on the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state was adopted, on July 19. Photo by: AR

According to the Union of Journalists of Israel, the local magazine The Jerusalem Report unilaterally terminated the employment contract with caricaturist Avi Katz (Avi Katz) after the latter in a recent issue of the magazine portrayed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and members of the Likud party he leads in form of pigs, accompanied by a drawing quote from George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”: “all animals are equal, but some are more equal.”

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Caricature of Avi Katz

On the Internet, a caricature was accused of anti-Semitism, after which Katz was fired-in The Jerusalem Report confirmed to the local newspaper of the Times of Israel that it happened “for editorial reasons.”

Cartoon Katz appeals to the fact that the Netanyahu government departs from the democratic principles of the state. Currently, the Israeli press is actively criticizing the law passed by the Parliament on July 19, according to which Israel is henceforth a Jewish state (with Arabs accounting for about 20% of the population of Israel). Within the framework of the law, among other things, the status of the Arabic language, which until now was one of the official languages ​​of the country, has been reduced. Arab parliamentarians condemned this law, but Prime Minister Netanyahu called his adoption a turning point.

According to the Guardian, the Union of Journalists publicly appealed to The Jerusalem Report demanding that Katz be dismissed. One of the permanent authors of the magazine, Haim Watzman, on his Facebook page published a statement that he stops working with the publication, accusing him of dismissing Katz “just because his work has upset some readers.”

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