In the days since Israel began its military operation in Gaza targeting Hamas and other organizations responsible for the ongoing rocket and missile attacks against Israel, the Iranian media has published a number of cartoons replete with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic imagery pertaining to the conflict.
Many of these cartoons were published on the website of the Fars News Agency, the semi-official Iranian government English-language news agency. Iran, whose leaders have made repeated anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements, is a major supplier of weapons to Hamas and other terrorist organizations involved in attacks against Israel. The Iranian-made long-range Fajr-5 missile is a favorite weapon of Hamas terrorists, and has been used in recent days to target the Israeli civilians in and around Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.
The cartoons in this post are consistent with anti-Semitic caricatures that regularly appear in the Iranian press depicting Jewish and Israeli power over the US and the international community, demonic imagery stereotyping Jews - including big noses, black coats and hats – blood libels and the use of animal references to sinisterly portray Israel.
Below is a sampling of cartoons: