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Anti-Semitism: Arab World  
Arab Press Responds to Gaza Violence with Holocaust Analogies and Anti-Semitism
Posted: March 13, 2008

The barrage of rocket fire from Gaza and Israel’s military action to stem the attacks on its cities have prompted an outpouring of offensive and bigoted commentary in the Arab press, whose response came in the form of a series of rapid-fire editorial cartoons using swastikas, classical anti-Semitic images and other hateful references to the Holocaust to vilify Israel and portray the Jewish state as an aggressor with genocidal ambitions.

Many of the cartoons are rife with Holocaust imagery and blatant analogies between Israel’s defensive military action and the killing of European Jews during the Holocaust in World War II. The cartoons feature swastikas and describe the defensive measures Israel has taken as a “Holocaust” in Gaza.

Holocaust imagery and direct comparisons to the Holocaust are a common feature of the anti-Semitic cartoons that regularly appear in Arab newspapers across the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world.

The following are selected examples from Arab newspapers:

Al-Ahram weekly, March 6-12, 2008 (Egypt)

Al-Ahram weekly, March 6-12, 2008 (Egypt)

Ash-Shabib, March 5, 2008 (Oman)
On the sign: “Gaza”. The rocket is representing “the resistance.”

Akhbar al-Khalij, March 5, 2008 (Bahrain)
The Israeli soldier is saying to Gaza (which is biting him): “Oh, my finger.” – Isam Ahmad (PA)

Ad-Dustur, March 5, 2008 (Jordan)
In Arabic: “the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Al-Jazira, March 5, 2008
In Arabic: “Olmert.” – Syria

Al-Watan, March 4, 2008 (Qatar)

Ad-Dustur, March 4, 2008 (Jordan)
Israeli soldiers raise the Nazi flag over the dead bodies of the Palestinians in “Gaza;” the cartoon mimics the famous photo of U.S. Marines raising the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima.

Al-Ayyam, March 4, 2008 (Bahrain)

Al-Eqtisadieh, March 4, 2008 (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Khabar, March 4, 2008 (Algeria)
The cartoon's headline reads: "The New Nazism”. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is depicted as Adolf Hitler.

Al-Wasat, March 4, 2008 (Egypt)

Al-Ghad, March 3, 2008 (Jordan)
The cartoon’s headline: “Gaza’s Holocaust.”

Al-Khalij, March 2, 2008 (UAE)
The cartoon’s headline: “The Zionist Holocaust in Gaza.”

Al-Quds al-‘Arabi, March 3, 2008 (UK)
The cartoon’s headline: “Gaza’s Holocaust.”

Al-Watan, March 1, 2008 (Oman)
In Arabic: “An Arab Summit.”

Filastin, March 3, 2008 (PA)
The cartoon’s headline: “Israeli Holocaust in Gaza.”

Al-Gumhuriyya, March 3, 2008 (Egypt)
The caption above reads: “The International Legitimacy.” On the paper, in Arabic: “Gaza’s Holocaust.”

Al-Bayan, March 1, 2008 (U.A.E)
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