Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin
October 2, 2005
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PA: Arab contact with Israel
Palestinian organizations and the controlled media in the Palestinian Authority have undertaken an ongoing campaign of thorough condemnation of these recent diplomatic contacts. The PA official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, went so far at to visually depict the meetings with Israel as Arabs literally on top of a prostitute called ´Israel,´ as in the picture above.
Palestinian National Committee Against Normalization
condemned any movement
of Muslim countries towards improved relations with Israel,
a move "a stab in the collective back of the Palestinian
In addition to the prostitute depiction, the official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, continues publishing cartoons maligning those Arabs and Muslims who seek "normalization" with Israel. The recent meetings, which are far from normalization, are typically depicted as either a betrayal of the Palestinians or as a threat to the Arab and Muslim world.
The following are further examples of cartoons in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, published as a result of these diplomatic meetings:
Palestinian violence resulted in only one
"Gaza." Bottom: "Normalization with the Arab states."
Israel is seen as taking over the Arab marketplace at the expense of the Arab world
store on right: "Common Arab Market." Sign in center: "To
Arabs are depicted drunk from American influence, forgetting the Palestinians
Palestinian: "Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is in danger."
diplomats are presented as having been outmaneuvered
"Arab Diplomacy." [Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, September 9, 2005]
The attacks on Muslim normalization with Israel are not limited to the official daily. The following is one example, from today´s Al-Quds, October 2, 2005:
Arabs are criticized for secretly submitting to
left: "Secret normalization." On right: "Public
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