Arab World Reacts to Sharon's Health Crisis
Posted: January 10, 2006
Reaction in the Muslim and Arab world to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's health crisis, reflected in some editorial cartoons and statements by officials, has included some expressions of celebration and calls for Sharon's death. Many cartoons appearing in leading newspapers in countries such as Syria, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar accuse Sharon of having blood on his hands and thus deserving death.
The following is a selection of cartoons from the Muslim and Arab press and statements on Sharon's illness:
Ar-Raya, January 17, 2006 (Qatar)
The cartoon's headline: "Sharon is reacting to the smell of grilled (meat)."
Al-Watan, January 12, 2006 (Oman)
Sharon is lying on his bad surrounded by "hate," "evil," and "resentment."
Al-Watan, January 9, 2006 (Oman)
Al-Watan, January 9, 2006 (Qatar)
The cartoon's headline: "Sharon's Brain."
Tishrin, January 9, 2006 (Syria)
The man standing on Sharon is saying: "Concentrate on the clot, not on the ax." (In Arabic "clot" and "ax" rhyme).
Al-Watan, January 8, 2006 (Oman)
Sharon is holding a coffin on which is written: "Achievements." He is about to enter "Hell."
Akhbar al-Khalij, January 8, 2006 (Bahrain)
On the coffin: "To Sharon with greetings from? "
Akhbar al-Khalij, January 7, 2006 (Bahrain)
Bush is saying to the angel of death: "You are my student… I am asking you to give another chance to annihilate the Palestinian people."
Akhbar al-Khalij, January 6, 2006 (Bahrain)
The Doctor is saying to Sharon: "Don't be afraid, your heart is a stone."
Al-Watan, December 21, 2005 (Qatar)
Selected statements from Muslim and Arab leaders:
"The Americans have been defeated in Palestine since the butcher of the Palestinians, who intended to destroy the Palestinian Intifada, has come to his end.'' -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, (January 9, 2006).
"The Middle East region will be better off when Sharon is absent since his mind knows only killing." -- Mushir al-Masri, Hamas spokesman, (January 5, 2006).
"We say it frankly that God is great and is able to exact revenge on this butcher. ... We thank God for this gift he presented to us on this new year." -- Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a Syrian-backed Palestinian terrorist organization (January 5, 2006).
"Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Shatila has joined his ancestors is final."
-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (January 5, 2006).