B'nai Brith Canada is asking an Ottawa-based newspaper to pull from its website a political cartoon that appears to depict the Star of David on the Parliament Buildings.
The Jewish community organization called the cartoon, which ran in the print edition of Le Droit and online at cyberpresse.ca, anti-Semitic propaganda. The group is also demanding an apology from the newspaper.
Frank Dimant, the executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada, said the caricature plays into a dangerous stereotype.
"The cartoon is disgusting," Dimant said. "It's the kind of classic cartoon that we saw through out the ages of Jews controlling government, Jews controlling banking institutions.
"It's a horrific cartoon. It's vile and it depicts an untruth."
The cartoon shows the front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, with what appears to be a Star of David on the clock face of the Peace Tower. At the gates of the hill is a road sign that warns of a slippery road ahead.
Long-time cartoonist Guy Badeaux, who signs his work under the alias Bado, said he never meant to offend anyone. He told CBC News that he never meant to draw a Star of David and was only trying to draw the clock in a simplified form.
The geometric pattern on the clock face includes lines that could make a Star of David...Well, yes, now that it's been pointed out, if you look really closely and maybe squint a bit, you can kind of make it out. And, hey, I'd be willing to give Bado the benefit of the doubt here and accept that it was a purely accidental, erm, "simplification" were it not for the unfortunate fact that the 'toonist has purposely drawn Stars of David in the past--here and here (scroll down to July 18)--which were not exactly Jew-friendly.