Brazilian protest cartoonist Carlos Latuff says Erdogan is not pro-Palestinian enough – secret ally with Israel

Conspiracy-LOLCatBrazilian caricaturist Carlos Latuff, who earned fame during the Arab Spring for his cartoons of Middle Eastern leaders, has confessed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has recently become his “muse” – a fact that he is burning to tell him personally.

“The Middle East is my special area of interest. Turkey draws my attention for being an ally of both the U.S. and Israel. But I would be interested in your country even if that wasn’t the case because your leader is himself a caricature,” Latuff told daily Radikal in an interview, adding that he finds Erdoğan “easy to depict”…

…One of the biggest themes of Latuff’s cartoons is Palestine, but the Brazilian also criticizes Erdoğan’s Palestinian policies – even though it is seen as being one of the Turkish president’s most uncompromising foreign policy areas.

“Erdoğan is a hypocrite regarding Palestine. He uses it through cheap rhetoric. He made very angry comments concerning the Mavi Marmara raid, but this was just for show. We all saw afterward that he didn’t cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Israel,” Latuff said…

Latuff, who is of Lebanese ancestry and is a virulent anti-Semite, was last seen a few days ago calling for Christmas to be cancelled over the Ferguson riots.