Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: The editorial cartoon shown above, "Worshipping Their God" by Michael Ramirez, originally appeared in the print and web editions of the Los Angeles Times in October 2000 and was also syndicated to other newspapers throughout the USA. The Times (and other newspapers) soon found themselves on the receiving end of a barrage of complaints from readers who felt the cartoon was an insensitive, one-sided condemnation of Jews and Israel's actions in the Middle Eastern conflict.
Most of the complainants interpreted the drawing as a depiction of the Western Wall (also known as the "Wailing Wall"), one of the most sacred locations in Jewish religious and national tradition, and therefore assumed the two men pictured praying before the wall labelled "HATE" were both Jews. But the artist, Michael Ramirez, said he intended the wall in the cartoon to represent not the Western Wall but rather "an unspecified wall of hate," he had aimed his political commentary at "elements that are trying to undermine the peace process" (both Israeli and Palestinian), and he would not apologize for the cartoon.
In a public response to the furor created by his editorial cartoon, Ramirez stated:
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The Jerusalem Post. "Jewish, Arab Groups Decry 'LA Times' Cartoon." 11 October 2000 (p. 4).