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October 22, 2012 0

Arab Editorial Cartoons Say Obama And Romney Controlled By Jews

As the U.S. Pres­i­den­tial cam­paign moves into its final fre­netic weeks, polit­i­cal car­toon­ists across the Arab and Mus­lim world have made clear that they see lit­tle to dif­fer­en­ti­ate Pres­i­dent Obama from Gov­er­nor Rom­ney, nor Repub­li­can from Demo­c­rat.  In their view, the can­di­dates and the entire U.S. polit­i­cal sys­tem are indis­tin­guish­able in their sub­servience to Jews and Israel. 

Al-Watan, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2012 (Saudi Arabia).

In express­ing their dis­torted views on the 2012 cam­paign, the car­toon­ists from across the Mid­dle East fre­quently fea­ture can­di­dates Obama and Rom­ney kiss­ing the hand or foot of the “Jew­ish lobby” or Israeli lead­ers.  Other car­toons depict Jews/Israeli’s con­trol­ling the U.S. bal­lot boxes.  While many of the fea­tured car­toons include clas­sic anti-Semitic imagery and stereo­types, oth­ers exhibit a more nuanced, yet still defam­a­tory, por­trayal of Jew­ish con­trol over the upcom­ing US pres­i­den­tial election.

The 2008 cam­paign fea­tured sim­i­larly themed car­i­ca­tures, but many focused exclu­sively on then-candidate Barack Obama as enslaved by/in the pocket of Jews and Israel. 

The alle­ga­tion that Jews manip­u­late and con­trol gov­ern­ments has been around for cen­turies.   The canard is a cen­ter­piece of anti-Semitic lit­er­a­ture from The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion to Hitler’s Mein Kampf to the Hamas Char­ter.  Mod­ern iter­a­tions of this charge abound among extrem­ists and hate-mongers, but nowhere as promi­nently, or in main­stream accep­tance as in the Mid­dle East, where “Jew­ish power” is the rea­son com­monly relied upon to explain U.S. sup­port for Israel.  On a daily basis, the edi­to­r­ial car­toons which ADL com­piles from media out­lets across the region fea­ture stereo­typ­i­cal Jew­ish fig­ures (some­times depicted as Israel or Israeli lead­ers) as pup­pet mas­ters of the region, the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and most par­tic­u­larly, the United States. 

The mes­sage on these car­i­ca­tures are clear: when it comes to the U.S. elec­tion, the party or the can­di­date doesn’t mat­ter.  Jews con­trol the can­di­dates and the process.  Jews and Israel deter­mine the out­come of the elec­tion and will deter­mine the pol­icy set by who­ever wins on Novem­ber 6.

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October 16, 2012 0

Farrakhan Blasts Obama And Romney In Address in Charlotte

On Octo­ber 14, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan deliv­ered the keynote address at 2012 Holy Day of Atone­ment event in Char­lotte, North Car­olina. In addi­tion to harshly crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Gov­er­nor Mitt Rom­ney and both polit­i­cal par­ties, Far­rakhan advanced the­o­ries of undue Israel influ­ence in the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal system.

Far­rakhan blasted both can­di­dates for what he char­ac­ter­ized as answer­ing to Israeli inter­ests over those of America:

“Mr. Rom­ney, he already went to Israel and bowed down. He went to Israel and wore out his knees, got a patch on his knees. He told Israel and his dear friend Netanyahu: We’re not going to let Iran get a nuclear bomb… Obama, he almost wore out his knees too. I mean he may not have a patch on his knee, but he was down there long enough to rub a lit­tle some­thing in that knee. He told Israel, AIPAC, he told them, even though we’re in an eco­nomic down­town, don’t you worry because the money we’ve been giv­ing to you, we’re going to give it to you again and add some more to it. If that ain’t deep knee bend­ing, now I’m not mak­ing stuff up! We’re in bad shape brother!”

As Far­rakhan often does, he also ques­tioned the claim that he laces his ser­mons with anti-Semitic imagery and alle­ga­tions of Jew­ish con­spir­a­cies. He describes how in 1984 when Rev. Jesse Jack­son ran for the Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent, Far­rakhan stood up to the Jew­ish com­mu­nity who “were try­ing to side­track and destroy his bid for the pres­i­dency of the United States.”

He later paused for a stand­ing ova­tion from his audi­ence before adding, “So you have financiers like the oil tycoon Koch broth­ers, casino owner Shel­don Adel­son who have invested tens or hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to buy elec­tions and buy the per­son who gets elected.”

Far­rakhan also crit­i­cized the Repub­li­can Party for what he views as its “overtly hate­ful and racist nature.” He asks his audi­ence “What is it that has blinded Repub­li­cans? It is race, the image of the Black man ris­ing!” He also vows to fight the “schemes or machi­na­tions of our for­mer slave mas­ters” that are part of “a racist sys­tem that wants to keep Amer­ica white.” He claims Rom­ney has no plat­form and is just a “cheer­leader” whose plat­form is “Sis boom bah, rah rah rah! Come on white team! Let’s get that negro out of office!”

This year’s annual “Holy Day of Atone­ment” event, which com­mem­o­rates the 17th anniver­sary of the NOI’s Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, was attended by approx­i­mately 6,000 people.

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