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.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Over Arafat's dead body

It is not often that I get to laugh at a cartoon about the Middle East, but this one did make me smile! This cartoon comes courtesy of Jimmy Margulies, New Jersey -- The Record from February 8, 2005. The reason I smiled is pretty obvious. Check it out.....
Over Arafat's dead body
The point is that not even Yassir Arafat could stop the Middle East Peace process entirely. Let's not kid, he did a helluva lot to halt it, stole billions from the Palestinian people and caused massive casualties and damage (to Israelis and Palestinians) but the process continues. I think there are two important lessons (reminders if you will) in this Arafat story:
  • G-d is in control not us
  • It is up to man in the street to exert pressure if leaders are not looking after public interest.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Abbas and the fence

Much has been said about the revilatised chances for Middle East peace since the appointment of Mahmoud Abbas as leader of the Palestinian Authority. The following cartoon from Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 13, 2005 is quite clever in its addressing of two issues in one breath. The cartoon highlights Abbas's difference in rhetoric to Palestinian militants and the Arab world and to Israel and the West while using the background of the Israeli security barrier being built.

Mahmoud Abbas and the fence

On the one hand he is being hailed as the leader to resolve the conflict and a Palestinian leader ready to do the work for true and lasting peace. While this is the face he puts forward to Israel and the West, his words and promises to militants seems reminiscent of Arafat rhetoric. It was for much too long that the world ignored the "two faces of Arafat", one for Palestinians and one for Israel. The result of this was that emphasis was on the argument about the merits of Arafat as a leader to bring peace (when it was obvious he was only a terrorist interested in his own gain), and the emphasis of all efforts should have been on dealing with the roots of the problem e.g. Palestinian propaganda. Either way the point is that for the sake of all of us I pray that Abbas does not try and follow in the footsteps of Arafat (in any way!), and if he does I pray that the world does not fall for it this time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Arafat finally helps Middle East peace

The next cartoon is from Robert Ariail, The State, South Carolina February 9, 2005.

As funny as this cartoon may be it needs a slight correction. The reason that we find a cartoon like this about the Middle East and Arafat funny is because we recognise the true part he played in the peace process - halting it! This having been said I think the cartoon is very witty and plays on the idea of Arafat's "involvement" in the Middle East peace process. In retrospect I think it is fairly obvious to all observers that Arafat was not only NOT a true partner for peace, but an active participant in terror and violence.

By no stretch of the imagination would it be fair to say that Arafat contributed anything positive to the process. I think it more fitting to say that Arafat has now been removed as an obstacle to the Middle East peace process. In other words his death removed a negative as opposed to him positively contributing anything. Other than this small distinction I think this cartoon rocks!