Abbas’ Fatah Faction Posts Blatantly Antisemitic Cartoon, as Palestinian Authority Threatens to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction posted an openly antisemitic cartoon on one of its official websites on Thursday, an Israel-based research organization reported on Sunday.
According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the cartoon – depicting a sinister-looking, long-nosed Jew wearing an arm band of the Israeli flag, lighting the fuse to a bomb containing warring Sunni and Shiite Muslims – was posted on Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission site.
The implication of the graphic appears to be that the Jewish people and Israel are trying to slaughter all Muslims and are taking advantage of internal strife in the Muslim-Arab world to do so. In addition, according to PMW founder and director Itamar Marcus, the cartoon is also critical of warring Muslim factions for being so focused on killing each other that they are oblivious to the Jews’ exploitation of the situation to finish them off.
The cartoon appeared mere days after the announcement of a new initiative, introduced on behalf of Abbas by PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during the 27th Arab League summit last week in the Mauritanian capital, to sue the United Kingdom for its role in the establishment of the state of Israel.
“We are working to open up an international criminal case for the crime which they committed against our nation – from the days of the British Mandate all the way to the massacre which was carried out against us from 1948 onwards,” al-Maliki said in Nouakchott.
Al-Maliki was referring to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, written by then-Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to the leader of British Jewry, Lord Rothschild, stating that the British government would “view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”