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Anti-Semitic Cartoons in Qatar's Al-Watan RULE

Posted: June 16, 2003

Anti-Semitic stereotypes continue to be prevalent in cartoons published in the Qatari newspaper, Al-Watan. These cartoons demonize Jews, often depicting them as dirty, hook-nosed, money-hungry world dominators.

Although newspapers in Qatar are all privately owned, many board members and owners are either government officials or have ties to the government. Al-Watan's chairman, Hamad bin Sahim al Thani, is a member of the royal family. Qatar's Foreign Minister, Hamed bin Jasem bin Jaber al Thani, owns half of the newspaper.

Below is a sampling of the most offensive anti-Semitic cartoons from Al-Watan. A common theme in many of these cartoons is that Jews are behind U.S. policy in the Middle East, in particular, the recent tension between the U.S. and Syria following the war in Iraq.

Al-Watan, June 11, 2003 (Qatar)
The big word with the Star of David: "Terror;" below, on the hand: "The assassination policy."

Al-Watan, May 13, 2003 (Qatar)
In the middle: "the Arab states".

Al-Watan, May 8, 2003 (Qatar)
The Jew is pointing at "Syria".

Al-Watan, May 6, 2003 (Qatar)

Al-Watan, April 19, 2003 (Qatar)
In Arabic, on the Jew: "Weapons of mass destruction". In Arabic, on the left: "Syria".

Al-Watan, April 17, 2003 (Qatar)
The Jew is representing "the big Israel", which pushes the US towards "Syria".

Al-Watan, April 16, 2003 (Qatar)
The Jew is writing "the sanctions on Syria".

Al-Watan, April 6, 2003 (Qatar)
Powell is pointing at "Syria" and "Iran".

Al-Watan, March 6, 2003

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