Michael Leunig

The artist is society’s conscience,  “not to be balanced but to give balance.”

Leunig cartoon“Over the years it has been implied that I am “a second degree anti-Semite”, “a new-world anti-Semite” and a “latent anti-Semite” as well as a simple old-fashioned common or garden anti-Semite. I now learn to my amazement that to make comparisons between Israeli policy and any Nazi behavious is in itself an anti-Semitic act.  So much for free speech.
I say all nations that throw their military weight around, occupying neighbouring lands and treating the residents with callous and humiliating disregard are already sliding towards the dark possibilities in human nature.”

Michael Leunig is an Age cartoonist.

Sydney Morning Herald December 11, 2012

For Michael Leunig’s response to criticism read read here…



Peter Kosminsky’s ‘The Promise’

The PromiseThe Promise is a British television serial in four episodes written and directed by Peter Kosminsky, with music by Debbie Wiseman. It tells the story of a young woman who goes to present-day  Israel/Palestine determined to find out about her soldier grandfather’s involvement in the final years of Palestine under the British mandate.

Overnight ratings for The Promise were 1.8 million for the first episode, followed by 1.2 million, 1.3 million, and 1.2 million viewers for the three remaining episodes.

Consolidated ratings, which include time-shifted and online viewing, generally added approximately 0.5 million to these overnight figures.

Filmed entirely in Israel, The Promise was generally positively reviewed against widespread and predicable negative criticism from Jewish community organisations, understandable in the light of these veterans’  memories of their time in Palestine :

Overwhelmingly, the veterans told a similar story: they had started out “incredibly pro-Jewish”; but, almost to a man, they had shifted their allegiance and by the end of their stay “were feeling a great deal of sympathy for the Arabs”. “A big change came in the final months, as they saw what would happen to the Palestinians, and realised both sides were to be abandoned to a war.” (Wikipedia)

Read more of Wikipedia’s entry with 124 footnotes and 8 external links here…