Haredi outlet’s cartoons depict Lapid as a pig, judge as dragon, protester as wolf

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Opposition leader Yair Lapid criticized a Haredi news outlet for running a caricature of a pig clutching a pile of money, accusing it of using anti-Semitic tropes.

The ultra-Orthodox news site Behadrei Haredim published a cartoon on Tuesday showing a pig-faced Lapid counting a pile of money next to a sign that read, “Protest – don’t forget what it is,” which appeared to accuse the leader of the opposition for making a profit. protests against the government’s plans to abolish the judiciary.

“This is how antisemites have drawn Jews for generations,” tweeted Lapid. “I’m trying to think what would happen if images of Haredi leaders were published as pigs who only care about money – imagine the horror, the victimization.”

Other cartoons published on the site used similar images to depict Israelis protesting the judicial reform.

One image showed an anti-judicial reform protester dressed up in a handmaid’s outfit from Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a look that has become popular at protests by women who warn that the reform will harm their rights – seen as a wolf. abusive.

Those taking part in protests fear that the overhaul will leave minorities and women unprotected, referring to the futuristic novel in which oppressed women are forced to bear children for the male leaders of a patriarchal society.

Another image showed a knight in shining armor defending the judicial overhaul – apparently the MK who led the legislative charge, Simcha Rothman – fighting against the former president of the Supreme Court Aharon Barak, who is depicted as something between dragon and demonic entity.

Haredi political parties are particularly interested in passing the overhaul’s “override clause” – which would allow the Knesset to overturn a High Court ruling by a majority of 61 votes – saying it is vital to prevent the court from. intervene in their affairs, including recruiting ultra-Orthodox youths for the army.

In the past, courts struck down bills that satisfied their demands for mandatory draft exemptions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu halted the judicial reform process last week to allow talks on a compromise, hours before a bill to assert political control over judicial appointments was set to become law.

The judicial reform legislation aims to weaken the court’s ability to act as a check on parliament, as well as giving the government almost total control over the appointment of judges.

Critics say the plans will politicize the court, remove key checks on government power and seriously damage Israel’s democratic character. Proponents of the measures say they will stay judges who they claim have overstepped their bounds.

The attorney general has warned that the coalition’s current package of legislation would give the government almost unfettered power, without providing any institutional safeguards for individual rights.

Negotiations are currently underway between the coalition and the opposition to try to reach an agreement on a potential reform that will be acceptable to the majority of Israelis, although political observers are not optimistic that an agreement is likely to be reached.

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