The Legal Forum for Israel has demanded that Belgium’s Ministry of Education ban a geography book that includes an anti-Semitic caricature.

The controversial carticature

The controversial carticature Photo credit: Facebook

The parent of a junior high school student in Belgium has complained about an anti-Semitic caricature in a geography book.

The section of the book that discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes a caricature showing a stereotypical Jewish man lying asleep in an overflowing bathtub next to a Palestinian woman with an empty bucket. The text on the caricature reads, “Amnesty International: Israel is denying the Palestinians access to adequate water while settlers enjoy lush lawns and swimming pools.”

The book has been approved by the Belgian Ministry of Education and is being used in schools across the country.

The Legal Forum for Israel, a right-wing legal hub, has issued a letter to the Belgian education minister demanding that the caricature be removed. “It’s hard to believe that Belgium of 2018 has caricatures that are so blatantly anti-Semitic,” said Israeli attorney Yifa Segal, who heads the group. “This isn’t only immoral, it’s illegal too.”