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July 31, 2016 11:02 am

Abbas’ Fatah Faction Posts Blatantly Antisemitic Cartoon, as Palestinian Authority Threatens to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration

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A cartoon that appeared on the website of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission on July 28, 2016. Photo provided by Palestinian Media Watch.

A cartoon that appeared on the website of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission on July 28, 2016. Photo provided by Palestinian Media Watch.

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.

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  • for the p.a., any stupid delusion, diversion, distraction is better than facing reality and building a better future. because, building something, taking responsibility for one’s own future, is always difficult. and, of course, the p.a. doesn’t have to bother with that: the p.a. and hamas, enjoy unconditional support (rarely punctuated by perfunctory and disingenuous reservations) from the e.u., the u.n., & all the usual ngos, etc. as Bret Stephens said (paraphrasing): when one expects nothing of a party, e.g. p.a., everything is excused; when one expects everything of a party, e.g. Israel, nothing is excused.

    what’s next? maybe, some hateful & fanatical legal team or one that is brain-dead will file an action in some forum. the action will, at some point, be quietly dismissed or withdrawn. then, abbas will disclose that he has new evidence that the Jews killed arafat and he will hire some french or swiss medical team to exhume the carcass and perform more tests. when the inquest fails to prove the charges, it will be forgotten. abbas, will, then, latch onto some other malicious, paranoid, slander against the Jews…because that is abbas’ program: corruption, inertia, blame (the Jews).

    • Simon

      Yet another manifestation of a deluded revisionist view of the events that lead up to the formation of Israel.

      Britain was not very supportive at all of the Balfour Declaration. Sure, at first it appeared as though they were, but one can barely accuse them of following through.

      Come on now!

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