PA arrests Gaza cartoonist for offending Palestinian flag and women

Critics said that the cartoonist was referring to the Palestinians in the West Bank as “prostitutes.”

December 13, 2015 19:43
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Palestinian Authority police officers stand guard in the West Bank [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The Palestinian Authority has issued an arrest warrant against a cartoonist from the Gaza Strip for ridiculing the Palestinian flag and women.

The decision to arrest Baha Yassin came following complaints from many Palestinians that his cartoons had offended the flag and women.

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A Palestinian magistrate’s court in Ramallah ordered the arrest of Yassin when and if he enters any area that is under the control of the PA.

When and if the PA regains control over the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, Yassin will be arrested and brought to trial before a PA court.

Yassin triggered a wave of condemnations four months ago when he published a cartoon featuring a Palestinian woman engaged in a sexual act with a rabbi. The smiling woman is quoted as saying that she would have liked to rise against Israelis, but she doesn’t have an Israeli-issued permit to enter Israel.

Critics said that cartoonist was referring to the Palestinians in the West Bank as “prostitutes.”

The cartoon, which was published before the beginning of the current wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis, was also meant to criticize continued security coordination between the PA and Israel.

The cartoonist later removed the controversial drawing from his Facebook account.

Yassin later replaced the cartoon with another one showing the Palestinian woman after she had stabbed the rabbi to death. The woman tells a friend sitting nearby: “I came to extract the right of my children and the right of the disgraceful Palestinian Authority.”

Yassin later apologized for the offensive cartoon, admitted that he had committed a mistake and asked for forgiveness.

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