Qatari Media Publish Conspiratorial Cartoons Suggesting Israel Behind Gulf Diplomatic Crisis

June 28, 2017

In early June, several Arab countries - notably Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain - announced that they were abruptly severing ties with Qatar over what they described as the latter’s support for terrorism. And even though what’s involved is mainly an internal Arab affair, some Qatari news sites published conspiratorial cartoons suggesting Israel was behind the diplomatic crisis. Some depicted Israel as a wolf in sheep’s clothing or as a witch deriving pleasure from watching intra-Arab fighting inside its crystal ball; as well as depicting the boycott of Qatar as a gift presented to Israeli PM Netanyahu on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Following are examples:

Ar-Raya, June 28, 2017 (Qatar)

Ar Raya Qatar comic on June 13th, 2017

Ar-Raya, June 13, 2017 (Qatar)

Al Jazira Qatar comic on June 12, 2017

Leaders of Arab countries are shown presenting to PM Netanyahu the Qatar boycott on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.

Al-Arab, June 12, 2017 (Qatar)

Al Arab Qatar comic on June 6th, 2017

In Arabic: "The Gulf Crisis"

Al-Jazeera, June 12, 2017 (Qatar)

Ar Raya Qatar on June 28, 2017

Headline: "Israel's Delight over Arab Disputes!!"

Israeli PM Netanyahu is shown playing an accordion shaped like the Arab World, with the keys representing "disputes".