Arabic-Language Media Features Anti-Semitic Cartoons in Response to Temple Mount Crisis

  • July 26, 2017

The Arab-language media routinely features anti-Semitic cartoons suggesting that Israel is attempting to take over control of Muslim holy sites. In these depictions Israel is frequently portrayed as an octopus or snake which is taking over holy sites in Jerusalem such as the Temple Mount in bodily form. These cartoons stoke anti-Semitic sentiment in the Arab world.

This was no different after the recent attack by three Israeli Arab terrorists on the Temple Mount, which prompted Israel to take security measures such as temporarily closing the Temple Mount and installing metal detectors to prevent similar attacks in the future. While Israel didn’t make any changes to the Temple’s Mount’s status-quo (the 50 year old arrangement whereby Israel maintains security control over the area with the Jordanian Waqf maintaining civilian administration of the holy site) tensions were fueled by increased incitement on the part of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other extremist elements. Though Israel has been repeatedly accused over the years of attempting to change the status quo and “Judaize” Jerusalem by eradicating the Muslim connection to the city, the current tensions represent a significant moment in this disturbing phenomenon.

The Arab media responded to the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount with a series of anti-Semitic cartoons suggesting that this was not an attempt to regain security control of the area, but rather as part of a Jewish conspiracy to take over control of Muslim holy sites.

Below are examples of some of the anti-Semitic images from the Arab media:

Anti-Semitic cartoon showing a snake constricting the Temple Mount

Oman, July 23, 2017 (Oman)

Anti-Semitic cartoon showing Israel as a snake, guarding the Temple Mount

Al-Quds Al-Arabi, July 21, 2017 (UK)

Written in Arabic: "Al-Aqsa Mosque"

Anti-Semitic cartoon showing a shadowy figure replacing the star and crescent with the Star of David

Al-Bayan, July 18, 2017 (UAE)

Headline: "The Judaization of Al-Aqsa"

Anti-Semitic cartoon showing the Star of David devouring the Dome of the Rock

Al-Watan, July 16, 2017 (Saudi Arabia)

Anti-Semitic cartoon showing Israel as an octopus, strangling the Temple Mount

Ar-Raya, July 16, 2017 (Qatar)