ADL criticizes Arab media for anti-Semitic cartoons. But the ADL had recently defended Danish anti-Muslim cartoons. At the same time, Israel prohibits anti-Arab cartoons. The three approaches are mutually exclusive.

If freedom of speech is for everyone, then defend the Danes, accept that the Arabs write impolitely about the Jews, but also allow Israeli cartoonists to depict the Arabs as the Jews see fit.

Alternatively, recognize that freedoms are non-isomorphic. We defend our freedoms, but suppress our enemies’. The West will continue to caricature Islam, but will lash against Islamic newspapers which return the favor. Why simply decry the enemy, though? Launching a missile into Al Watan newspaper’s office would drive the lesson home to Arabs: they must respect the Jews.

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