While French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and US President Barack Obama pushed for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority during their visits to the United Nations this week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party published new anti-Semitic propaganda material, drawing upon classic anti-Jewish canards.
On Tuesday, just one day after Ayrault held a closed-door meeting with foreign dignitaries in an effort to reboot final status talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Fatah’s published a cartoon suggesting that Jews were secretly behind global terrorism and international military conflicts, the Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The cartoon shows a stereotypical Jewish caricature wearing a kippa and sitting in a chair with a Star of David. The man can be seen casually setting off explosions in a nearby town, using his remote control.
Ironically, the image was published on Fatah’s official website just hours before President Obama took to the podium at the UN, urging “Palestinians [to] reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel.” Obama continued by saying that Israel ought to withdraw from Judea and Samaria and enable the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch noted that another cartoon published by Fatah made a similar implication, suggesting that Jews were to blame for Islamic terrorism.
The cartoon showed another stereotypical Jewish figure, wearing an armband with the Israeli flag, setting off a bomb containing two Muslim men, one labelled Sunni, the other Shia, each of whom is setting off their own explosives. The image draws upon classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are secretly masterminding world events and are responsible for international terrorism, wars, and other crises.