Most of my social media friends are artists. Many are politically active and the smallest human rights violation anywhere in the world will see my social media news feeds quickly fill up with their pleas and protests. But when the insane Israeli regime dramatically increases the speed of their ethnic cleansing in Palestine, where children are savagely slaughtered day after day, my protesting friends go silent! The very few that I have seen speak up are quickly bombarded with all kinds of ludicrous accusations, so they learn not to say anything about the matter again. Thankfully, there are still a few great people left on this mad planet that continue to speak for the truth, that continue to hold onto their humanity and shine a light on the inhumane monsters who walk among us. Michael Leunig is one such artist who is not afraid to lock horns with the beast that is Israel.
He comments on all sorts of social, political and cultural matters. Here’s a few more cartoons by Leunig..
See more of the Australian cartoonist’s art and cartoons on his website here.
Update: Somebody said they couldn’t read the text properly in the Leunig Palestinian cartoon, so here it is..
- First they came for the Palestinians and I did not speak out because I was not a Palestinian.
- Then they came for more Palestinians and I did not speak out because I feared hostility and trouble.
- Then they came for even more Palestinians and I did not speak out because if I did, doors would close to me, hateful mail would arrive, bitterness and spiteful condemnations would follow.
- Then they came for more and more Palestinians and I did not speak out because by then I had fallen into silence to reflect upon the appalling, disgraceful and impossible aspects of human nature.
And yes it’s a play on the famous poem by pastor Martin Niemöller..
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
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