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October 22, 2012

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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March 7, 2012

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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