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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

Have you had a chance to visit the HonestReporting weblog - BackSpin? One of the main goals of the weblog is to encourage online discussion among HonestReporting readers. This week an item is doing just that, and we'd like to invite you to participate.

On March 3, Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant penned this editorial cartoon:

What was Englehart's intention here?

Our take: Englehart is encouraging the viewer to identify with the idea that the recent rise in anti-Semitism is attributable to Israeli policy.

What's particularly odd about this is that Israel critics have long claimed that castigating Israel is not tied to anti-Semitism: 'You can be anti-Israel, and not anti-Semitic.' But now Englehart, through his Jewish characters, makes that connection himself, suggesting that Jewish fear of anti-Semitism could be lessened by adjusting Israeli policy.

HonestReporting asks: What's your take on this cartoon? Share your thoughts with others by posting a comment on BackSpin, and become a regular visitor to stay on top of matters of media coverage of Israel.