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The Guardian bans cartoon criticizing killing of Palestinian medic

June 29, 2018 2:22 P.M. (Updated: July 9, 2018 3:29 P.M.)

LONDON (Ma'an) -- The British newspaper The Guardian had banned the publication of a cartoon criticizing Israel’s killing of Palestinian paramedic, Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, on the grounds of anti-Semitism.

The banned cartoon depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while medic, al-Najjar, burns alive in the fireplace behind them.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health al-Najjar was one of at least two medics who had been killed by Israeli forces and another 170 medics were injured or suffered tear-gas inhalation since the “Great March of Return” began in Gaza on March 30th.

The cartoonist, Steve Bell, denied using projections about the mass murder of European Jews during World War II.

The debate about the banned cartoon was discussed at the House of Lords of the British Parliament by member Tony Graves, who believes that the decision of banning the cartoon is not necessary and that it is time for Israel to be accountable for its actions.

A British news website reported that Steve Bell denied that his cartoon evoked any type of anti-Semitic symbols; “the cartoon is sensitive, not tasteless, not disrespectful, and certainly contains no anti-Semitic tropes.”

Bell added that his cartoon has been unfairly censored.

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