Middle East Cartoons - political cartoons and my thoughts

Middle East cartoons from around the world. Including the Mohammed cartoons. Cartoons about the middle east, Iraq, Israel, Palestinians, terrorism and more. Read peoples comments and post your own.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Enough already

The next cartoon comes from someone named Effat from Egypt. It is in colour which is a good change but unfortunately the colour alone can not even nearly compensate for the ridiculous content. This is another one of the recently popular digs at Jews and the "Jewish conspiracy" controlling world events.

The cartoon is clearly blaming Israel and/or Jews for any actions that America has taken that Effat does not agree with. Presumably this refers to recent world events like the Afghanistani and Iraqi wars. No doubt Effat believes the Jews were entirely behind this. Perhaps Jews were the ones to originally encourage Saddam Hussein to pursue weapons of mass destruction and a regime of self immortalisation and persecution. I have seen too often in recent times an opinion especially in countries like Egypt and Iran that anything the world does that Muslim states do not agree with must have been the Jews. I am quite surprised at the ego of this claim and the acclaim to the Jews. The idea that Jews would devote their lives to causing trouble for a population almost 100 times their size is ever so slightly hard to swallow. For most of time the Jews have just been trying to get people to leave them alone so that they could get on with their lives in peace. The thought that everything Jews do is motivated by a hate for another people is a joke and it is enough already!. Instead of pointing fingers and looking for the dots of the secret conspiracy take the time to understand the situation and focus on changing what is in your control. However, flattering the idea that Jews run the world, it is ridiculous, damaging and just plain enough. All this is is a modern day version of blood libels and dark ages stories of Jewish conspiracies. This was the last cartoon I have commented on from Witty World. Thanks to them for the cartoons and please visit them through this link to see the full collection of middle east cartoons.

Palestinian elections?

The next cartoon is also by Jimmy Margulies, USA. This deals with the topic of elections for the Palestinian leadership. The cartoon depicts Arafat as announcing his running for re-election and that the rules have been shifted into his favour. This is a particuarly funny cartoon as the notion of Arafat holding another set of elections does not look good. Especially now with his support at such a low amongst the Palestinians.

Have a look at the other cartoons on this page - Click here.
It is true that Arafat was elected to be the head of the Palestinian Authority. The part most people forget is that he chose not to have another set of elections! For this reason (amongst others) I laugh everytime I hear the phrases "President Arafat" or "democratically elected" when referrring to Arafat. This was part of a strategy to legitimise Arafat's leadership (oxymoron) in the eyes of the world and add to the appearance of order and democaracy in Palestinian controlled areas.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Sickening

The next cartoon from Brian Gable, Canada is a joke I have seen repeated many times in cartoon form over the last few years. The fact that a society can have such a distorted perspective of the future and the future of its youth is scary. The fact that the world has become so blase about it, is sickening.

This cartoon illustrates well two important points:
  • What children in many Islamic fundamentalist societies are taught to aspire to
  • Terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda (and the Palestinian Authority) view their youth simply as a means to its own end

Imagine if in all Islamic societies children were taught to aspire to great things (killing civilians does not count) and focus on the rewards they can enjoy from this world without having to blow themselves up for the next. This would be a society that understood that peace and cooperation were in its own best interests and that violence only begets more violence. This would have to begin with the Islamic leadership and would need to come from secular and religious "leaders" in the community. This would take many years to accomplish in deeply propaganded societies like the Palestinian and actually effect change societal collective. All the more reason to begin now so that there is a chance for a meaningful peace in the world in the future.

Motivation of the people

It has been awhile since my last post and I would like to thank everyone for their comments so far. The below cartoon is another from Jimmy Margulies, USA. This was also found on Witty World.

This cartoon has a simple message and one that is conveyed quite effectively in the cartoon. The author is asking the question what will bring about a Palestinian state? This is a cartoon that speaks not to the emotions we feel when viewing stories about Israel but to the facts and motivation behind the Palestinian drive for a state. When one considers the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders to the people, sermons in mosques calling for the destruction of Israel, the Palestinian's refusal to compromise, plus the violence itself it becomes obvious that Palestinian statehood is not the aim. This is simply the means. The aim is the end of the Jewish State using the Palestinian cause as the excuse. If we look at groups like Hamas and Al-Aqsa it is blatant that they have no interest in a shared existence or mutual cooperation for the future. Their only interest is the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews (bring on the virgins!). The unfortunate reality we face today is that through 3 generations of Palestinian propoganda we now find a generation of children believing that Israel stole their country (Israel was established as a Jewish State hundreds of years plus before Islam was founded) and that violence is the only way. This generation does not even have the opportunity of wisdom from their parents as they too were brainwashed by PA propoganda.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Palestinian culture

The next cartoon is a joke about being in the "civilized world". In this case it is talking about being amongst Palestinian suicide bombers. The satire is obviously in the phrase "civilized world" as no objective opinion would regard the targeting of civilians by strapping bombs on as civilised.

The fact that Arafat regards suicide bombers as a legitimate means to try and bring about the destruction of the State of Israel is well known. That it is so well known that political satire can be funny when dealing with it is absolutely scary! The scariest part for me is the fact that with Arafat's igniting of violence well documented, people still demand that Israel negotiate with him. Israel might as well negotiate with terrorist groups like Hamas (formed to destroy Israel and openly stating that only violence is acceptable). Unfortunately I have heard more and more people suggest ridiculous ideas like this out of desperation for an end to the violence. I've used a few cartoons from Witty World so here is the full link to this page. It is a pretty mixed selection of opinions.

Almost supernatural blog

Since my last post was so long, I have decided to go with a shorter post this time. This is actually a link to another blog that I find very useful. This is a blog called "Almost Supernatural" which focuses on the current situation in Israel and the media's take on events. With links to South African, Israeli, Palestinian and international media, this site is a great resource. There are also links to goverment websites and more. The author is a great writer with a brilliantly dry sense of humour. Follow this link to see the blog for yourself. Let me know your thoughts!

Israel's motivation

I am not 100% sure what the message here is meant to be. It obviously blames Israel but for what I am not exactly sure. It might be the conflict, the lack of a country called Palestine, the suffering of the Palestinian people or the incompetence of the PLO in combating terrorism and furthering the cause of the Palestinians. Either way here is the cartoon followed by my thoughts.

This cartoon from Seyran Caferli of Azerbaijan is another attempt at evoking an emotional response to the situation and putting the blame squarely on Israel. The ambiguity of the message in terms of what Israel is to blame for might even be intentional. Create a greater emotional response by appealing to a wider audience. The more messages that might be in the cartoon the more people will be able to relate to the "alleged" efforts of Israel to thwart the Palestinian cause. The suggestions raised in this cartoon are almost equally ridiculous and counter productive. Let's look closer. Considering the filename says "PLO flag" it seems most likely that it was referring to PLO and PA efforts and Israel standing in their way. If the intention is to blame Israel for the failure of the PLO and/or PA to put an end to the violent campaign of terrorism waged by the Palestinians then it is laughable. Aside from the now huge infrastructure that the PA has in areas like Judea and Sameria including weapons and intelligence, the PA has openly condoned the violence and even encouraged it. One only needs to look at what Arafat says in Arabic media (kill, kill, kill) to see the real cause for this conflict. Israel and most Western countries have given the PA Billions of dollars in aid, weapons and infrastructure. Most of this money was earmarked for stopping terrorism, reversing the brainwashing of Palestinians (also thanks to Arafat), and improving life for the Palestinians. In reality most of this money has been used for only two things: buying weapons and making Arafat rich. In context it is ridiculous to blame Israel for PA failures when they try so hard to fail! It is also counter productive to the Palestinian cause as it focuses emotions against Israel instead of on a solution. A solution to any problem can only come about when the cause of the problem is identified and dealt with. If we keep telling the Palestinians they are doing nothing wrong and condone their continued murder of civilians they will never look at themselves for blame. With any continued conflict blame must exist on both sides even if to different degrees. Without acknowledging their attacks on Israel for what they truly are - attempts to destroy a country and a people - there is very little chance of them doing the work required for a meaningful peace in the region. Israel has sent many different leaders to speak to Arafat each with different viewpoints and offering different solutions (even with Barak offering 90-something percent of Palestinian demands at Camp David including East Jerusalem). Through the last few decades the Israeli leaders have changed and made peace with all neighbours in the region except for the Palestinians. The idea that Israel devotes its resources to trying to destroy the Palestinians is crazy considering that Israel was being built up by the Jews hundreds of years (or more) before the Palestinians even existed as a people. The reality is that Arafat has said no time and time again. The question should not be "What Israeli leader can make peace?" but "Why do people still think speaking to Arafat will help when he has so clearly shown his true colours time and time again?". More harm has been done to the Palestinian cause by people like Arafat and his strategy of murder than anything Israel may have done.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

On with the blogging

For my second blog.....

This cartoon plays on the different mentalities in different societies and in particular the difference between Western and Palestinian attitudes towards children and violence. Whereas in the West children taking up arms is viewed as an abnormality in society and something needing to be addressed immediately, it is often encouraged in Palestinian society.

The beginning of Middle East Cartoons!

To start this blog off I decided to search for "Middle East Cartoons" and look at the top sites. One of these was wittyworld.com and I found a page of interesting cartoons. This is one from that page by Glenn McCoy.
Arafat knows about suicide bombings If the image doesn't work here is the link to the page - link. This is a great depiction of Arafat's involvement in suicide bombings and in many cases (at least) his knowledge of the attack before it happens. Arafat's own Fatah movement has been very open about its involvement in suicide bombings and condoning of all violence against Israel. This cartoon's humour hinges on the fact that it is widely known that Palestinian terrorism is a much more coordinated effort than some would have us believe. Perhaps and hopefully the day will come soon where a cartoon like this is no longer amusing.