Caricatures and Images Incite Violence Against Israelis

  • October 13, 2015

As Palestinian terrorism continues in Israel, media outlets from across the Arab and Muslim world are publishing cartoons which glorify the killing of Israelis and Jews. These violent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic caricatures are being reposted on social media, and are being used to incite further terror attacks against Israelis.

A prominent theme of these cartoons and social media posts relate to the daily spate of Palestinian stabbing attacks of Israelis. Among the cartoons are depictions of a Palestinian with a large knife being used to stab Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Jews, and some glorify specific terror attacks including the October 3rd killing of Nehemia Lavi in Jerusalem’s Old City. Some of these cartoons are circulating on social media with messages advocating violence against Jews and Israelis. Others, which do not appear to have originated from media sources, are tagged with statements like “Happy International Stab a Jew Day” and “stab a Jew today.”  Also circulating widely are photos and videos of Gaza Imam Sheikh Muhammad Sallah who, in his sermon this past Friday, held a knife in a stabbing motion, and expressed support for stabbing Israelis.

 

Al-Masri Al-Yawm, October 12, 2015 (Egypt) Written in Arabic: “The Knives’ Intifada”.

Al-Masri Al-Yawm, October 12, 2015 (Egypt) Written in Arabic: “The Knives’ Intifada”.

Ar-Raya, October 13, 2015 (Qatar)

Ar-Raya, October 13, 2015 (Qatar)

Al-Arab, October 11, 2015 (Qatar) The cartoon’s headline: “Dancing to the Melody of the Intifada.”

Al-Arab, October 11, 2015 (Qatar) The cartoon’s headline: “Dancing to the Melody of the Intifada.”

Anti-Israel Incitement from Twitter

Anti-Israel Incitement from Twitter

Another ongoing theme is the conspiracy theory that Israel and Jews are seeking to take over the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary and “Judaize” Jerusalem by removing the Muslim connection to the city. A number of Palestinian leaders have in recent weeks fueled this conspiracy with false and outlandish statements, including President Mahmoud Abbas who last month accused Jews of “desecrating” the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary area “with their filthy feet.” This theme, which has been prevalent for years across the region, is often represented by an Israeli or Jewish caricature - often in the form of an animal or insect - stealing, uprooting or destroying the Dome of the Rock mosque.

Ammon, September 30, 2015 (Jordan) The cartoon’s headline: “Storming the Temple Mount”

Ammon, September 30, 2015 (Jordan) The cartoon’s headline: “Storming the Temple Mount”

Fars, September 24, 2015 (Iran) The figure representing the US is saying “It was decided that we do it quietly?!”

Fars, September 24, 2015 (Iran) The figure representing the US is saying “It was decided that we do it quietly?!”

Ar-Raya, September 30, 2015 (Qatar) The trap represents the Murabitun, which is a protest group against Jewish worshippers on the Temple Mount.

Ar-Raya, September 30, 2015 (Qatar) The trap represents the Murabitun, which is a protest group against Jewish worshippers on the Temple Mount.