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Anti-Semitic caricture in Arab press

The following anti-Semitic caricture was published in the Arab press on Wednesday 23 July 2014:


The anti-Semitic cartoons of Al Jazeera


Al Jazeera published an unmistakably anti-Semitic cartoon to describe US President Barack Obama's speech in Jerusalem on March 21, 2013. It is titled "Obama calls on Arabs to normalize relations with Israel."

The cartoon displays two historic stereotypes against the Jews. We see a representation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by the Jews but this time it is Mother Palestine on the cross. Hence Jews are again G-d killers but this time they are killing the holy Palestine. A sprinkling of blood from the figure and the obviously Jewish killer with blood on his hand symbolizes the classical Jewish hate theme of the Blood Libel where blood is claimed to be important for Jewish religious rituals.

The cartoon satirizes the words of President Obama calling for peace between Jews and Arabs. Obviously, the reader is expected to conclude that it is impossible to make peace with such a monster as the Jew.

Cartoons from Arab world accuse Israel and Jews as being responsible for the film “Innocence of Muslims”


An amateur 2012 film titled Innocence of Muslims was produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian. Nevertheless, the Arab world was quick to publish cartoons accusing Israel and the Jews as being behind the film.

Israel is a monster that stabs and eats children on Palestinian Authority TV


In a continued effort to “incite” against Jews and the Jewish State of Israel, Palestinian TV on July 13, 2012 highlighted a painting by Abd Al-Hai Msallam that combined bas-relief with paint and resembles Egyptian hieroglyphic art. It depicts lizard-headed ogres wearing Jewish kippot (skull caps), impaling Arab children on bayonets, and eating them up.

An anti-Semitic cartoon wins first prize in Iran for Wall Street Downfall Festival

An anti-Semitic cartoon by Iranian illustrator Mahmod Mohammad Tabrizi won first prize in the inaugural "International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival on July 9, 2012. The winning entry shows three ostensibly religious Jews worshipping the New York Stock Exchange, the hub of the U.S. financial world, depicted as Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of the holiest sites of Judaism. Tabrizi was awarded five thousand Euros, the festival’s statue, and a letter of appreciation.

Egyptian Spring and the Evil Jew Stereotype

A recent cartoon from Egypt shows how deeply the Nazi-inspired stereotype of the Jew as international conspirator has become ingrained into the local mentality.

Imad Hajjaj attracts top clients to his public relations firm despite his history of drawing anti-Semitic cartoons

B’nai B’rith International’s Office of United Nations Affairs revealed on January 26, 2012 that a Jordan-based Palestinian cartoonist named Imad Hajjaj, with an extensive and open record of trading in virulently anti-Semitic imagery, lists among his clients multiple U.N. agencies and major corporations.

Arab world anti-Semitic cartoons attack Judge Goldstone


On April 1, 2011, Goldstone retracted his claim that it was Israeli government policy to deliberately target citizens, saying "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document".

This retraction led to clearly anti-Semitic cartoons to be published in the Arab world. Above is a cartoon from the Palestinian paper, Filastin, April 5, 2011. The “Jew” cuts Goldstone’s tongue out.

BADIL Award Winner 2010

Extreme anti-Semitic stereotypes are attributed to Israel in a cartoon contest by a prominent European-funded Palestinian human rights NGO.

Saudi Arabia: Jews as Vermin

The cartoon below appeared in the English-language publication "Arab News" in Saudi Arabia:

It shows Jews as mice wearing Nazi-style helmets adorned with Stars of David scurrying in and out of a building labeled "Palestine House". The depiction of Jews as vermin is an old anti-Semitic staple, going back to Nazi Propaganda films The Wandering Jew, and The Jew Suess, and probably further back still.

Egypt: Jews Drink Palestinian Blood

The following cartoon appeared in Al Ahram, a leading Egyptian newspaper, on April 21st 2001.

The cartoon shows two Israeli soldiers broadly grinning as they throw a helpless child labeled "The Palestinian People" into a meat-grinder. The resulting blood is drunk by Jews, one of whom resembles former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who call out "Cheers to peace".

Saudi Arabia: Jews as Nazis


Published in the Saudi newspaper Al-Eqtisadiah, this cartoon by Fahd Khamisi depicts an Israeli flag with a swastika replacing the Star of David.

Lebanon: Jews as Vampires

This cartoon was printed in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Balad on June 2, 2010, following Israel’s controversial raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Qatar: Jewish Israeli Octopus


Published in the Qatar daily Al-Watan on June 2, 2010, this cartoon is a response to Israel’s controversial raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Obama’s Slavery to Jews

This cartoon, published by Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram, depicts one of the most widely accepted anti-Semitic beliefs in the Arab world: Jewish control over the United States.

Jews Control American Politics


This caricature, drawn by cartoonist Jihad 'Awartani, was featured in Al-Watan, a leading newspaper in Saudi Arabia.

Abu Mahjoob


This cartoon is created by Emad Hajjaj of the Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions. Hajjaj's cartoons appear in a variety of mainstream newspaper.

Jews Controlling Obama


This cartoon is the most recent published cartoon in Al Ahram, the most widely circulated newspaper in Egypt.

Classic anti-Semitism from Al Jazeera Cartoon


This cartoon, from Al Jazeera depicts an Arab, American and Jew burying a Palestinian with the word "Gaza" written on his hand.

The World Financial Avalanche


This cartoon appeared in Syria's state run Tishrin newspaper. In the cartoon, the American is representing the United States economy. He is using Arab blood to fuel himself (hence the economy). Meanwhile, the Jew standing next to him is holding a bucket and waiting for any drop of Arab blood he can get. The Jew is portrayed as evil and excited at the prospect of getting any Arab blood.

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