PA forces arrest Palestinian cartoonist (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/22/12)
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Palestinian Authority security forces arrested over the weekend a
Palestinian cartoonist on charges of "fanning racial prejudices."
The arrest of the cartoonist, Hassan Abadi, from Nablus, is seen by
Palestinian journalists and human rights groups in the context of an
ongoing PA crackdown on freedom of speech and media in the West Bank.
In recent weeks the PA´s Preventive Security Service arrested five
journalists and bloggers for exposing corruption and posting critical
comments on Facebook.
Abadi, who studies art at An-Najah University, is famous for his
cartoons that depict Arab leaders as blood-thirsty dictators and mock
at Arab "submission" to the US and Israel. His cartoons are also very
critical of Israel, whom he accuses through his drawings of seeking
to destroy the Aksa Mosque.
A PA security official in nobles refused to elaborate on the
accusations against Abadi. However, the official pointed out that the
cartoonist was being charged under a 1960 Jordanian law that
bans "fanning racial prejudices." (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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