The war in the Gaza strip is proving to be a sensitive issue here at home. The local Jewish community, led by Salt Lake City rabbi Ilana Schwartzman has taken issue with parallels between Israel and Hamas and local cultural issues in Utah.
From the Salt Lake Tribune commentary:
What we were told is that editorial cartoons do not need to be factually accurate, that the intent of the cartoonist was more important than the community?s response, and that if more people had expressed concern, the editors might have paid more attention to our alarm.
Why are these cartoons so problematic?
They perpetuate factual misunderstandings of the conflict in the Middle East.
I don’t think Pat’s cartoon is an example of his best work, but certainly the Middle East conflict is such a sensitive issue, it’s hard to take any kind of stand without offending someone.