Israel Foreign Ministry Compares Palestinian Cartoons With Nazi Propaganda (VIDEO)
A new informational video posted by the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday compares Nazi propaganda and Palestinian political cartoons.
The English-language video begins with apparent Nazi propaganda. One French image shows the Jew as being behind the Allied Powers in the US, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. Another one, in Polish, says “scourge of humanity” and shows a Jewish slave master.
The video segues to a Palestinian cartoon showing a boy with a toy car chasing a caricature of a scared Orthodox Jewish man, highlighting a common Arab stereotype of the fearful Jew and the many car-ramming attacks over the past several months targeting Israelis.
One cartoon shows a head with puppet strings in army regalia warning that “ISIS is threatening Gaza” while a crude caricature of an Orthodox Jew walks off with the Dome of the Rock.
The video also includes two cartoons by Hisham Shamaly, a cartoonist on Twitter with just 92 followers. One of his images shows a dagger with a handle fashioned like the Dome of the Rock striking a blue Chanukah lamp with a Star of David. Another shows a Palestinian man sitting on top of a Jewish man, strangling him with a knife raised and the hashtag #slay written in English, Arabic and Hebrew above them and a sign for Jerusalem on the side.
The video ends with real footage of some recent attacks against Israelis, including stabbing attacks and a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Jerusalem that killed a 59-year-old rabbi.
The Foreign Ministry video highlights Israeli concerns that incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian media — including social media and official TV — has played a major role fueling the current wave of terrorist attacks. Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians — many of the latter while carrying out attacks — have been killed since the beginning of October in violence related to the conflict, as relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority showed signs of worsening.
According to the Jerusalem Post, PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said on Sunday that PA leaders would meet in the coming days to discuss suspending some relations with Israel. Earlier this year, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly that the PA was “no longer bound” to previous agreements with Israel that laid the foundations for Israeli-PA ties.