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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.

The cartoon depicts nearly all classic anti-Semitic caricatures of a Jew: religious, hook nosed, wearing glasses and ugly. In addition, it depicts the Jew, representing Israel, as a an octopus holding a bloody machete with its tentacles reading “terrorist state” in Arabic.

The octopus has long been an anti-Semitic symbol. It is widely used as a metaphor for organizations and governments with wide control. This association has been particularly assigned to the idea of a global Jewish conspiracy, most notable with the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The false notion is that Jews, in an organized manner, extend their tentacles, or control, around the world.

Criticizing Israeli policies is not anti-Semitic. But criticizing Israeli policy through images implying a Jewish world conspiracy is.