The recent Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations was the subject of many editorial cartoons in Muslim and Arab newspapers throughout the Middle East, the Anti- Defamation League reported Thursday.
According to the ADL, the caricatures, many of which focused on the expected US veto of the Palestinian appeal, were filled with "viciously" anti-Semitic stereotypes.
“Anti-Semitism is once again the leitmotif for cartoon commentary Muslim and Arab newspapers since the Palestinians took their statehood bid at the United Nations,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
“Rearing its ugly head in the visual depiction of stereotypical hook-nosed or black-hatted images of Jews plotting to control the United States government and the world is a theme lifted right out of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’ Arab newspaper cartoonists have been engaging in this type of anti-Semitic incitement for decades, and yet it is especially troubling in the current context, the very antithesis of encouraging peacemaking,” he added.
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