French cartoonist arrested on Anti-Semitism: You’re a Charlie or a Terrorists

A French Jewish cartoonist was arrested on charges of Anti-Semitism for a cartoon he drew in 2011.

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?The environment after the Charlie Hebdo attacks is just like post-Sept. 11. You are either Charlie, or a terrorist,? Zeon said in an interview with The Anadolu Agency. After the 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the then President George Bush had infamously drawn the red line as ?either you are with us or you are with the terrorists? at the start of his so-called war on terror campaign.

The Jewish cartoonist was arrested early March and sent to court in Paris for his alleged ?anti-Zionist? drawings, in particular for a cartoon he made in 2011 that depicted a Palestinian child being stabbed by an Israeli-flag shaped knife. His arrest followed a complaint that was reportedly filed by the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.

He alleged that his arrest was ignored by the mainstream French media since talking about his case would demonstrate ?the contrast of my situation? after the Jan. 7 attacks on the French satirical magazine known for printing controversial material, including derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and 2012.

Firstly, free speech should prevail in a case like this. Secondly, if free speech isn’t the norm, what about statute of limitations on things people say. 2011? What if in the last four years, he’s changed his mind on an issue?