A reader has forwarded us this open letter by Allan Wiener to the Montreal Gazette regarding the graphic above published by the paper yesterday, accessible online here and here. The graphic ran under the name of “Aislin,” the pen name of Gazette editorial cartoonist Christopher Terry Mosher. The letter is addressed to Gazette editor-in-chief Lucinda Chodan. Slightly edited, the letter reads as follows:
This is to inform you that I have cancelled my subscription to the Montreal Gazette in protest of that disgusting cartoon your paper has chosen to publish of Prime Minister Stephen Harper dated January 21, 2014.
In a time when the Muslim world is exploding into war, mass slaughter, mayhem, fratricide, suicide bombings, persecution of Christians and gays, incitement to hatred being taught in schools, the export of terror and the spreading of fanatic Islamic ideology, your “newspaper” has chosen to seize the opportunity to denigrate our Prime Minister for his support of the State of Israel, a nation that reflects Canada’s social principles and values.
This so-called “cartoon” is vulgar in so many ways, it should be banished to the trash can of ignorance and veiled anti-Semitisim.
It portrays Israel (and the Jews as a whole) as being in control of Canada’s policies (this which is echoed and chirped by Jew haters of every stripe).
It portrays Prime Minister Harper as a passive lackey of Israel, bending to the wishes of the Jewish State.
I don’t recall seeing a similar portrayal of Barack Obama after his famous love-in speech given to the Muslim world in Cairo, back in 2009. No way would your left wing publication print such a vile representation of a statesman who quoted the wonderful contributions Islam has bestowed upon America.
I have known for many years that your paper is left leaning and have swallowed much of the biased and selective reporting, but this was the last straw for me, the lowest point.
I remember the other most vulgar of Aislin’s work back in 1982 during Israel’s defensive war against Palestinian terrorists using Lebanon as a launching pad for attacks against the Jewish state. That filthy cartoon depicted Menachem Begin as a vampire bat with fangs, flying along holding bombs in his “talons” with the caption reading “torah, torah, torah.” Pure anti-Semitic filth.
I am sure your paper would never, ever, ever, publish the Danish cartoon of Mohamed with a bomb in his turban. You wouldn’t do it because you are cowards, and engage in cowardly journalism.
You wouldn’t do it because you would be fearful of violent backlash, yet you choose vulgar cartoons insulting to the Jewish community because you know that the Jews behave in a civil & non-violent manner.
I plan on showing this shameful cartoon of Mr. Harper on social media, and will be sending a copy to Honest Reporting, Sun News Network, The Freedom Center in the U.S. AND MORE TO EXPOSE YOUR NEWSPAPER’S BIASED POLITICAL LEANINGS.
I have already sent a copy to friends, associates, colleagues and they in turn are circulating this around.
You should be ashamed to have published this trash picture of the leader of our country who has the courage, dignity, and clear vision to stand up for what is right and wrong.
From this point on, I am boycotting the Gazette and will never purchase your paper again.
The Gazette itself runs this mild letter to the editor criticizing the cartoon.