B’nai Brith Canada Wednesday strongly condemned an editorial cartoon by Aislin published in the Montreal Gazette, which showed Prime Minister Stephen Harper defaced with an Israeli flag.

“The cartoon is vile, grotesque and simply offensive,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. "It is disrespectful, not only to the Prime Minister, but everyone who supports the democratic principles highlighted in his speech in the Knesset” and “is all too similar to the perverted images seen in the Middle East.” Dimant demanded an immediate and unqualified apology to the “the broader spectrum of Canadians supporting Israel, and the Jewish community in particular.”