Arab Media Cartoons Relating to the Israeli Elections and Tensions with the US

  • March 27, 2015

Following Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s election victory earlier this month, and the increasing tensions in the relationship between PM Netanyahu and President Obama, newspapers across the Arab world published a number of related anti-Israel and anti-Semitic cartoons. Some represent unhappiness within the Arab world over PM Netanyahu’s victory, portraying him and the Israeli voters as inherently violent and racist, while others resort to the anti-Semitic stereotype of Jews and Israel controlling President Obama and the US government.

The cartoons reflect a widespread view within the Arab world that Israeli election results represent a shift towards a more extreme right-wing stance on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which will ultimately result in damage to the Palestinian cause. They also highlight a belief that the rift in US-Israel relations will ultimately fail to alter overall US support of and perceived bias towards Israel and its policies.

The following are some examples of the cartoons published:

 

Al-Watan, March 25, 2015 (Saudi Arabia) While President Obama is saying “We will review our ties with Israel”, the figure representing “the Zionist lobby” is saying “Ahem…Ahem…”

Al-Watan, March 25, 2015 (Saudi Arabia) While President Obama is saying “We will review our ties with Israel”, the figure representing “the Zionist lobby” is saying “Ahem…Ahem…”

Ad-Dustur, March 24, 2015 (Jordan) Headline: “The White House: We will re-evaluate our diplomatic support of Israel. The figure representing “the Zionist lobby” is saying to Obama “What did you say, oh mama’s boy?”

Ad-Dustur, March 24, 2015 (Jordan) Headline: “The White House: We will re-evaluate our diplomatic support of Israel. The figure representing “the Zionist lobby” is saying to Obama “What did you say, oh mama’s boy?”

Al-Ittihad, March 22, 2015 (UAE)

Al-Ittihad, March 22, 2015 (UAE)

Al-Bayan, March 18, 2015 (UAE) Netanyahu is depicted pulling “US policy.”

Al-Bayan, March 18, 2015 (UAE) Netanyahu is depicted pulling “US policy.”

Al-Mustaqbal, March 13, 2015 (Lebanon)

Al-Mustaqbal, March 13, 2015 (Lebanon)

Al-Ittihad, March 24, 2015 (UAE)

Al-Ittihad, March 24, 2015 (UAE)

Arab News, March 18, 2015 (Saudi Arabia)

Arab News, March 18, 2015 (Saudi Arabia)

Gulf News, March 22, 2015 (UAE)

Gulf News, March 22, 2015 (UAE)

Al-Ahram Weekly, March 19, 2015 (Egypt)

Al-Ahram Weekly, March 19, 2015 (Egypt)

Al-Ittihad, March 17, 2015 (UAE) Headline: “The Israeli elections.”

Al-Ittihad, March 17, 2015 (UAE) Headline: “The Israeli elections.”

Ad-Dustur, March 18, 2015 (Jordan) Written in Arabic (using the Star of David): “Terrorism.”

Ad-Dustur, March 18, 2015 (Jordan) Written in Arabic (using the Star of David): “Terrorism.”

Al-Mustaqbal, March 17, 2015 (Lebanon)

Al-Mustaqbal, March 17, 2015 (Lebanon)

Ar-Riyadh, March 20, 2015 (Saudi Arabia) Headline: “The Israeli elections.”

Ar-Riyadh, March 20, 2015 (Saudi Arabia) Headline: “The Israeli elections.”