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January 15, 2014 2

Ariel Sharon in the Middle East Media: Reviled In Death As In Life

Just as for­mer Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon was demo­nized in the Arab and Mus­lim media through­out his life, so it is fol­low­ing his death.  Fol­low­ing Sharon’s death on Jan­u­ary 11, news­pa­pers and web­sites across the Mid­dle East were flooded with arti­cles, opin­ion pieces and car­toons depict­ing him as a “killer,” “butcher,” “ter­ror­ist,” and “war criminal.”

In their look back at Sharon’s life, most opin­ion writ­ers have focused on what they con­sider to be his direct respon­si­bil­ity for the 1982 Sabra and Shatila mas­sacre in Lebanon. Oth­ers have accused him of being respon­si­ble for the US-led war in Iraq and for mas­ter­mind­ing an alleged assas­si­na­tion of Yasser Arafat.

Jihad Al-Khazin wrote in the London-based Al-Hayat, “….I hear he died and I hear that he is about to die, and I say ‘God, don’t send him back.’ He paid the price of his crimes on earth, and when he leaves he will be fire­wood for hell.”

Iron­i­cally, while the view from the street and the media is uni­formly neg­a­tive, many Arab lead­ers — qui­etly – are said to have had great respect for Sharon. While they may have dis­agreed with his poli­cies, many have said that they trusted his cred­i­bil­ity and viewed him as a leader who would always stand by his word.

Per­haps more than other Israeli leader, Sharon was vil­i­fied in the Arab media through­out his life. While op-eds fre­quently assigned to Sharon the worst human attrib­utes, it was through the more visual — and vis­ceral – edi­to­r­ial car­toons where the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter was por­trayed as a demonic fig­ure that was the embod­i­ment of human evil.

As high­lighted in ADL’s 2010 pub­li­ca­tion, Per­son­al­iz­ing the Con­flict: A Decade of Assault on Israel’s Pre­miers in the Arab Media, depic­tions of Sharon in car­toons included rivers of blood, images of the angel of death, var­i­ous mon­sters and ani­mals with demonic fea­tures, Nazi com­par­isons, and clas­si­cal anti-Semitic themes like alle­ga­tions of blood libels.

A favorite car­i­ca­ture of Sharon was of him eat­ing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, drink­ing their blood and slaugh­ter­ing them.  Even fol­low­ing Sharon’s debil­i­tat­ing stroke in Jan­u­ary 2006, Arab news­pa­pers por­trayed him on his sick bed, intim­i­dat­ing the angel of death, who is afraid to take him.

After his death, the car­toons appear­ing in the Arab and Iran­ian media repeat these long-time images of Sharon as a devil, now eagerly awaited in hell.

 

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December 17, 2013 5

Iranian Media Reflects Khamenei’s Recent Anti-Semitism

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Khamenei’s Face­book post on Holo­caust denier Roger Garaudy

Iran­ian media and the country’s high­est polit­i­cal and reli­gious author­ity, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Khamenei, haven’t let the recent interim agree­ment on Iran’s nuclear issue dimin­ish the Islamic Republic’s zeal for pro­mot­ing its deep-seated anti-Semitism and sup­port for Holo­caust denial.

Despite Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani and For­eign Min­is­ter Muham­mad Javad Zarif’s recent over­tures to the West, extreme ele­ments in Iran­ian media and its lead­er­ship con­tinue to express their vit­ri­olic ani­mus toward Israel and Jews in print, on the web and on social media.

A look at recent offi­cially sanc­tioned car­toons and car­i­ca­tures found in Iran­ian press reveal an uptick in the por­trayal of Jews and Israeli lead­ers as insects, mon­keys, rats and dogs (see exam­ples below). In Iran­ian and Islamic cul­tures, dogs are often con­sid­ered najis, or reli­giously impure beings.

In many illus­tra­tions, King Abdul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia is also shown as an Israeli lackey respon­si­ble for the atroc­i­ties occur­ring in neigh­bor­ing Syria on Israel’s behest.

Iran’s broad­cast­ing and pub­lish­ing media is under the con­trol of Aya­tol­lah Khamenei and is charged with pre­sent­ing the regime’s anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-West ide­ol­ogy. In a post pub­lished on Khamenei’s Face­book and Twit­ter pages on Decem­ber 16, 2013, mark­ing the anniver­sary of French Holocaust-denier Roger Garaudy’s trial for his 1996 book that referred to the Holo­caust the “myth of the six mil­lion,” Khamenei lav­ished praise on Garaudy as a “French #Mus­lim resis­tance fighter.”

Recall­ing an offi­cial meet­ing held in 1998 dur­ing Garaudy’s visit to Tehran, Khamenei said “Zion­ists are just like the #Nazis and dis­play the same #racist behav­iors.” Khamenei’s post was accom­pa­nied by an image of Garaudy stand­ing along­side images of Holo­caust vic­tims, injured Pales­tini­ans, and Nazis.

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Israeli ter­mite to the Saudi ter­mite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Depicted as a frog, Saudi King Abdullah tells Israeli scorpion: "What a coalition we’ve formed!"

Depicted as a frog, Saudi King Abdul­lah tells Israeli scor­pion: “What a coali­tion we’ve formed!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sign reads: “Nuclear negotiations”

 

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King Abdul­lah to the Israeli ant: “Crush him!!! Crush him!!!”
The shoe rep­re­sents Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regard­ing Iran’s lat­est launch­ing of a live mon­key into space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Dogs pro­hib­ited from enter­ing.” Dog is “Netanyahu”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 20, 2012 0

Iranian Media Uses Israel’s Security Operation in Gaza to Fuel Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu: “Barack, my dear, thank you for the sup­port.
Obama: “As long as these crimes continue…”

In the days since Israel began its mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Gaza tar­get­ing Hamas and other orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for the ongo­ing rocket and mis­sile attacks against Israel, the Iran­ian media has pub­lished a num­ber of car­toons replete with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic imagery per­tain­ing to the conflict.

Many of these car­toons were pub­lished on the web­site of the Fars News Agency, the semi-official Iran­ian gov­ern­ment English-language news agency. Iran, whose lead­ers have made repeated anti-Israel and anti-Semitic state­ments, is a major sup­plier of weapons to Hamas and other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions involved in attacks against Israel. The Iranian-made long-range Fajr-5 mis­sile is a favorite weapon of Hamas ter­ror­ists, and has been used in recent days to tar­get the Israeli civil­ians in and around Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.

The car­toons in this post are con­sis­tent with anti-Semitic car­i­ca­tures that reg­u­larly appear in the Iran­ian press depict­ing Jew­ish and Israeli power over the US and the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, demonic imagery stereo­typ­ing Jews — includ­ing big noses, black coats and hats – blood libels and the use of ani­mal ref­er­ences to sin­is­terly por­tray Israel.

Below is a sam­pling of cartoons:

 

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