By David Andrew Weinberg
Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced a historic agreement on August 13th to move toward full normalization of relations, the first such accord between the State of Israel and an Arab state since 1994.
However, peace always has its opponents, and this agreement is no exception. Whenever Israel and Arab governments take important steps to engage and reconcile with each other, extremists throughout the region routinely demonize both sides, including in some ways that cross the line into antisemitism or other forms of intolerance.
The following problematic political cartoons, infographics, and front-page headlines are notable examples from Mideast media outlets of content that was circulated in recent days since the historic Abraham Accord. A few of these images had been published previously and were reissued by these outlets in order to attack the accord. However, most of these images are new content.
The vast majority of these materials come from media outlets linked to one of three sources: Iran (or its proxies), the Palestinians, and Qatar. Although the subset of these examples linked to Iran tends to be the most extreme, certain materials from all three places seem to be fundamentally hostile to Israel or propagate intolerant stereotypes. Perhaps a few of these materials could feasibly be defended as legitimate political commentary, but for the most part they are blatantly unfair, hateful or in some cases, antisemitic.
Many of these critiques vilify Israeli and Emirati officials, with several depicting their peace agreement as a betrayal or a stab in the back against the Palestinians. Other notable themes include depicting Israel and/or the UAE as demonic, dehumanized, bloodthirsty or blood-soaked, evil, scheming, diseased, or promiscuous.
Part one of this blog features images from news sites in Iran. Part two features images from within the Arab world. Both are included below.
Part One of Two: Media in Iran
Part Two of Two: Media from the Arab World