German paper publishes, in error, an anti-Semitic cartoon

Berliner Zeitung mistakenly thought that image was a front page of the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

By Ofer Aderet 05:43 15.01.15 18
The daily Berliner Zeitung in error published an anti-Semitic cartoon on its front page, under the mistaken impression that it was a front page of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

In a tribute to the French magazine a day after the massacre at its editorial offices, the Berlin daily published several of Charlie Hebdo’s past cover pages.

One of them, however, was a fake, showing a cartoon drawn by the anti-Semitic illustrator Joe le Corbeau. The cartoon showed an orthodox Jew, with a caption saying “1 million rebate out of six, for Palestine.” The word “rebate” is a wordplay suggesting rabbis and rebate in German.

People at the Israeli embassy in Berlin noticed the erroneous cartoon and pointed out references that should have alerted the editors at Berliner Zeitung.

These include the fact that the name of the magazine on the cover is Charlo instead of Charlie, and the barcode at the bottom of the cartoon indicates 6,000,000, the number of Jewish Holocaust victims and not a real barcode number.

Embassy officials also noted that the pineapple that appears next to an orange banner in the cartoon is a reference to a song by the anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne, labeled “Shoananas.” The singer’s website boasted of posting this fake tribute.

Berliner Zeitung a day later apologized for posting the cartoon.

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German paper apologizes for anti-Semitic cartoon

BERLIN – The Berliner Zeitung has apologized for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon on its front page last week.

The Berlin-based paper published an admission on its website that “there was a manufactured picture…from the title pages of magazine Charlie Hebdo. We regrettably showed… an anti-Semitic cartoon from Joe Lecorbeau. We offer this as an apology.”

Israel’s embassy in Berlin first noticed the phony cartoon on the front page of the Berliner Zeitung and contacted the paper about the provenance of the drawings. It is unclear how the editorial staff at the paper was hoodwinked by the fabricated Charlie Hebdo cover, however.

Lecorbeau’s illustration shows an ultra-Orthodox Jew with an enlarged nose.

The headline read “Shoah Hebdo” and the speech balloon next to the haredi image reads “1 million rebate out of six, for Palestine.”

The conflation of rebate and rabbis is an anti-Jewish play on words.

Embassy staff noticed that the fake cover wrote “Charlo” instead of the correct “Charlie.”

It was noticed that the magazine identification bar code was also bogus. It said 6,000,000 – a reference to the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

The Berliner Zeitung sells 114,417 copies a day and has a total readership of 400,000 each day.

In 2013 and 2014, several southern German papers published anti-Semitic cartoons.

The Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung – Germany’s largest broadsheet – has been engulfed in a series of alleged anti-Semitic cartoon scandals over nearly the last 18 months.

The paper published a caricature of Israel as a demonic monster and depicted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a hooknosed Octopus gobbling up the world.