Omar and Tlaib posted the cartoon by Brazilian-Lebanese cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who came in second in the contest in 2006, to their Instagram stories over the weekend. It shows President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu placing their hands over the women’s mouths. They shared the cartoon in response to getting barred from Israel over their support of the BDS movement, which Trump encouraged.
Tlaib captioned the cartoon: “The more they try to silence us, our voices rise. The more they try to weaken us, the stronger we become. The more they try to discredit us, the truth prevails.”
Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought the TL couldn’t get any worse. pic.twitter.com/uwyBPAsz7T— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) August 18, 2019
Latuff has been criticized by Jewish organizations for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. “My cartoons have no focus on the Jews or on Judaism,” he told the Forward in 2008. “My focus is Israel as a political entity, as a government, their armed forces being a satellite of U.S. interests in the Middle East, and especially Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.”