Jacques Tardi Objects To Israeli 'Occupation' Of Paris With Cartoon


French cartoonist Jacques Tardi has rallied against a cultural event in Paris that honours Tel Aviv, saying,

It's my total outrage that motivated this drawing. One year after the massacre in Gaza, should we do the festival on the banks of the Seine. This is provocation. It's almost an insult. This is completely obscene and irresponsible on the part of the City of Paris. There were more than 2000 dead and acted as if nothing had happened, as if we wanted to clear war crimes.

Pro-Palestinian activists have objected to this twinning of cities' waterfronts, calling on "Tel Aviv sur Seine "to be cancelled or to allow its programming to be amended to allow debate".

Tardi's cartoon shows an Israeli gunboat sailing through corpses along the Seine while Tel Aviv soldiers patrol Paris, as if they were occupying the city.

Some have asked "is Tardi anti-Semitic?" others while others are reminded that he is a big fan of, and illustrated a lot of works, of Louis-Fernand Céline, a famous french 20th century crime novelist… who definitely was.

In January 2014, Tardi was one of the signatories of a petition against the Angoulême Festival welcoming Israeli company SodaStream sodas. 

Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka has written  

when he attacks is a war that is not his, a conflict he does not know enough and do not really understand it and which he has a bias and obsessive attachment, it becomes a propagandist sadly like all the others. Too bad. But that does not alter the admiration that I dedicated to his work since my early teens when I discovered in Driver of the pages.

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