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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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May 4, 2012 0

Qaradawi Beats Drums Of War Against Israel in Friday Sermon

Dur­ing his Fri­day ser­mon in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha on April 27, rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi denied Israel’s right to exist and called on Arabs and Mus­lims to fight the Israelis.

“Israel thinks it’s set­tled on the land. And we say, by God, you Israelis shall never set­tle on our land. You will remain strangers, you will remain immi­grants,” Qaradawi said. “They must…they must return to their coun­tries, we believe in that, they can­not set­tle here….The Israelis will def­i­nitely dis­ap­pear and get out of this coun­try, and we are wait­ing for this day, we must pre­pare our­selves, and pre­pare our youth. We shall not surrender.”

After say­ing that the Pales­tini­ans “can­not fight alone” because “the Israelis have weapons enough to fight the entire Arabs,” he asked, “Why the Arabs are not fighting?…We call upon all to unite, to tell the Pales­tini­ans we are with you, the least to do is to say to the Pales­tini­ans we are behind you”

Qaradawi also expressed regret that while Mus­lims fail to sup­port their Pales­tin­ian broth­ers, Jews from around the world strongly sup­port Israel with money and weapons, and in pol­i­tics and the media. “The Jews in the entire world, all of them, with the excep­tion of a small group, sup­port Israel.”

Qaradawi ended his ser­mon, which was broad­cast live on Qatar’s offi­cial tele­vi­sion sta­tion, by pray­ing that God destroys the Israelis and enables the Pales­tini­ans to achieve vic­tory “over the ene­mies of God and [the Palestinian’s] enemies.”

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March 7, 2012 1

Dubai Police to Issue Arrest Warrant for Radical Qatar-based Cleric

The chief of police in Dubai announced plans to issue an arrest war­rant for the rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi. The deci­sion comes in response to Qaradawi’s recent crit­i­cisms of the rulers of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE).
In his March 4th tele­vi­sion pro­gram, “Shariah and Life,” Qaradawi said that UAE lead­ers shouldn’t treat their cit­i­zens like “slaves” and described the lead­er­ship as “…not Gods. They are humans with money.” He also crit­i­cized the UAE’s posi­tion on the upris­ing in Syria and accused the author­i­ties of deport­ing Syr­i­ans who oppose the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar Al Assad.
Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar, is banned from vis­it­ing the UAE but that didn’t seem to deter him. He specif­i­cally said: “If I can’t go to Emi­rates, then I can talk to them from this platform.”
The UAE is a Gulf state and a mem­ber of the Gulf Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) which also includes Qatar. Qaradawi’s state­ments seemed to vio­late what polit­i­cal observers describe as a “Sheiks’ agree­ment” not to crit­i­cize GCC mem­ber states.

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