Cartoon Draws Ire Of Jewish Group

A Jewish human rights group is denouncing Pat Oliphant's latest political cartoon as anti-Semitic, comparing it to the cartoons in the 1930s that led up to the Holocaust.

The syndicated cartoon published Wednesday in newspapers across the country depicts a goose-stepping uniformed figure wheeling a fanged Star of David that menaces a small female figure labeled "Gaza."

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish rights group with more than 400,000 members in the United States, says the cartoon denigrates and demonizes Israel and mimics the Nazi propaganda.

It called on the New York Times and other media groups to remove the cartoon from their Web sites.

A message was left Wednesday night with Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Oliphant's cartoons.