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March 27, 2015 1

Arab Media Cartoons Relating to the Israeli Elections and Tensions with the US

Fol­low­ing Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu’s elec­tion vic­tory ear­lier this month, and the increas­ing ten­sions in the rela­tion­ship between PM Netanyahu and Pres­i­dent Obama, news­pa­pers across the Arab world pub­lished a num­ber of related anti-Israel and anti-Semitic car­toons. Some rep­re­sent unhap­pi­ness within the Arab world over PM Netanyahu’s vic­tory, por­tray­ing him and the Israeli vot­ers as inher­ently vio­lent and racist, while oth­ers resort to the anti-Semitic stereo­type of Jews and Israel con­trol­ling Pres­i­dent Obama and the US government.

The car­toons reflect a wide­spread view within the Arab world that Israeli elec­tion results rep­re­sent a shift towards a more extreme right-wing stance on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which will ulti­mately result in dam­age to the Pales­tin­ian cause. They also high­light a belief that the rift in US-Israel rela­tions will ulti­mately fail to alter over­all US sup­port of and per­ceived bias towards Israel and its policies.

The fol­low­ing are some exam­ples of the car­toons published:

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August 26, 2014 5

Claims That ISIS Has Jewish Roots Grow In Muslim World

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Car­toon pub­lished on Al-Iraq Agency News website

Sev­eral promi­nent pub­lic fig­ures in parts of the Mus­lim World, includ­ing reli­gious fig­ures, elected offi­cials and schol­ars, are pro­mot­ing a con­spir­acy sug­gest­ing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)was cre­ated by the Jews and Zion­ists to tear Islam apart.

ISIS has engaged in a mur­der­ous ter­ror­ist cam­paign and has con­quered sig­nif­i­cant ter­ri­tory stretch­ing between Iraq and Syria over the past sev­eral months. In June it declared its advances to be the lat­est Caliphate and renamed itself the Islamic State.

The fol­low­ing are some exam­ples that demon­strate the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the absurd accu­sa­tion that Jews and Israel are respon­si­ble for the cre­ation and rise of ISIS.

  • August 7: The World Asso­ci­a­tion for Al-Azhar Grad­u­ates, an umbrella group based in Egypt for schol­ars con­nected to Al-Azhar Uni­ver­sity, Egypt’s top reli­gious author­ity, pub­lished a state­ment on its web­site describ­ing how ISIS and other extrem­ist groups are “[a] Jew­ish prod­uct under var­i­ous names that change every now and then.” The state­ment cites the head of the association’s chap­ter in Pak­istan, Sheik Sahib Zadeh Aziz, as say­ing, “The ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion ISIS is a Zion­ist plot which aims to mur­der Mus­lims, shed their blood, and rape [their] women and girls.”
  • August 6: Dur­ing an inter­view with Dijlah, an Iraqi-based satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, pop­u­lar scholar Ahmed al-Kubbaisi said, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [ISIS leader]…..is no more than a Jew­ish agent… and even Muham­mad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of Wah­habism is a hun­dred per­cent Jew­ish prod­uct.” He added, “I am respon­si­ble for this state­ment before the lord. [I swear] by God, this is an orga­nized Jew­ish move­ment to tear apart the Ummah [Islamic Nation] and it did tear it apart.” In response to his attack on the founder of Wah­habism, the offi­cial ver­sion of Islam imple­mented in Saudi Ara­bia and a num­ber of other Arab-Gulf states, the Mufti of Saudi Ara­bia and other promi­nent schol­ars in the region attacked al-Kubbaisi for affil­i­at­ing ibn Abd al-Wahhab with the Jews — an ulti­mate insult in the Arab world. Con­se­quently, a Saudi lawyer sub­mit­ted charges to the Dubai police, which sub­mit­ted the com­plaint to the attor­ney gen­eral in Dubai.
  • August 4: Iran’s Sec­re­tary of the Expe­di­ency Dis­cern­ment Coun­cil, Mohsen Rezae, said dur­ing a TV inter­view with the Tehran-based Alalam TV that the “Zion­ist Entity” is behind ISIS. He said that because there is a small num­ber of “Zion­ists” world­wide, they usu­ally try to get rid of oth­ers by mak­ing them fight each other. “There is infor­ma­tion that al-Baghdadi him­self [ISIS leader] received train­ing and instruc­tions at the Israeli Entity,” Rezae said.
  • July 29: A promi­nent Shia’a cleric in Iraq, where ISIS has con­quered sig­nif­i­cant ter­ri­tory over the past few months and killed many Shia’a Mus­lims, Aya­tol­lah Sayed Mor­tada Al-Qazwini, report­edly described ISIS dur­ing an Eid ser­mon in Ker­bala as “a Jew­ish Israeli orga­ni­za­tion, estab­lished to tear apart the land of Muslims.”

Sev­eral Arab news­pa­pers and TV sta­tions have also cir­cu­lated a story claim­ing that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Jew­ish Mossad agent by the name of Simon Elliot. This claim orig­i­nally appeared in the anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Amer­i­can pub­li­ca­tion Vet­er­ans Today. In addi­tion, an ad cam­paign against ISIS appear­ing on Afaq, an Iraqi satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, showed a snake with the mark of ISIS com­ing out of the Jew­ish Star of David.

Even the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitism of a group such as ISIS is not enough to pre­vent some in the Mus­lim world from claim­ing Jews are respon­si­ble for the ISIS reign of ter­ror in Iraq and Syria.

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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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