March 6, 2006 - If an Iranian university professor is to be believed, the Danish drawings of Muhammad are not the first Jewish cartoon cabal.
Professor Hasan Bolkhari is a cultural adviser to the Iranian Education Ministry, so he presumably has some influence on what Iranian children are learning. On February 19 Iranian television broadcast a lecture by Bolkhari featuring his expert opinion on cartoon history. Here are some excerpts:
"There is a cartoon that children like. They like it very much, and so do adults - Tom and Jerry....
"Some say that this creation by Walt Disney will be remembered forever. The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon. It is still shown throughout the world. This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse - especially the mouse.
"Some say that the main reason for making this very appealing cartoon was to erase a certain derogatory term that was prevalent in Europe....
"If you study European history, you will see who was the main power in hoarding money and wealth, in the 19th century. In most cases, it is the Jews. Perhaps that was one of the reasons which caused Hitler to begin the antisemitic trend, and then the extensive propaganda about the crematoria began... Some of this is true. We do not deny all of it.
"Watch Schindler's List. Every Jew was forced to wear yellow star on his clothing. The Jews were degraded and termed 'dirty mice.' Tom and Jerry was made in order to change the Europeans' perception of mice. One of terms used was 'dirty mice.'
"I'd like to tell you that... It should be noted that mice are very cunning...and dirty....
"No ethnic group or people operates in such a clandestine manner as the Jews....
"Read the history of the Jews in Europe. This ultimately led to Hitler's hatred and resentment. As it turns out, Hitler had behind-the-scenes connections with the Protocols [of the Elders of Zion ].
"Tom and Jerry was made in order to display the exact opposite image. If you happen to watch this cartoon tomorrow, bear in mind the points I have just raised, and watch it from this perspective. The mouse is very clever and smart. Everything he does is so cute. He kicks the poor cat's ass. Yet this cruelty does not make you despise the mouse. He looks so nice, and he is so clever... This is exactly why some say it was meant to erase this image of mice from the minds of European children, and to show that the mouse is not dirty and has these traits. Unfortunately, we have many such cases in Hollywood shows."
As is common in Muslim anti-Semitism, Bolkhari blames Jews for their own persecution. Jews "operate in a clandestine manner"; they are "cunning" and "dirty." They "hoard money" and have "power." No wonder Hitler wanted to kill them all.
The most time-worn anti-Semitic clichés are still taken seriously in much of the Muslim world, including its leadership. They are transmitted to the next generation as historical truth.
This kind of "truth" has nothing to do with fact. Tom and Jerry were not created by Walt Disney but by Willian Hanna and Joseph Barbera at MGM. Walt Disney was not a Jew; in fact, his biographer Richard Schickel has suggested Disney may have been an anti-Semite.
But hey, doesn't Jerry look Jewish? A "clever" Jewish mouse kicking gentile cats in the ass. Who could mistake this for anything but Jewish propaganda?
I used to laugh at Tom and Jerry cartoons. But now that a prominent Islamic educator has revealed the Jewish conspiracy behind them, I know better. This is no laughing matter. Not when such demented thinking pervades the leadership of a nation with pretensions to power.
History does tell us this: when a government starts losing its head over Jews, the catastrophic results may reach far beyond the Jewish community.
Cultural Advisor to Iranian Education Ministry and Member of Interfaith Organization Lectures on Iranian TV: Tom and Jerry - A Jewish Conspiracy to Improve the Image of Mice, Because Jews Were Termed 'Dirty Mice' in Europe." Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Dispatch No. 1101, February 24, 2006.
Fulford, Robert. "Creative Conspiracies." National Post, March 4, 2006.
Tom and Jerry – a Jewish makeover?" WorldNetDaily.com, February 25, 2006.
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