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Netanyahu’s latest ‘cartoon evidence’: racist image identifying Muslims with terror

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From Netanyahu's twitter feed

From Netanyahu’s twitter feed

Yesterday I mocked the “cartoon evidence” that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered on his twitter feed that Palestinians had fired rockets from apartments and a mosque in Shuja’iya, a neighborhood that Israel turned to rubble.
Well here’s the latest cartoon evidence from the Prime Minister’s twitter feed. Netanyahu urges us to “share” the image. Yes, let’s share it.
Now imagine that the US Department of Homeland Security tweeted an image of a Muslim woman with a baby as a protector of terrorists. We would say that it was racist and Islamophobic.

Shouldn’t we measure Israel by the same standard?

P.S. This latest cartoon evidence drops yesterday’s unproven assertion that Hamas is using mosques to store rockets.

James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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  1. Sumud on July 21, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Thank you James, these cartoons are getting ridiculous.

    I have re-christened Israel’s offensive in Gaza as Operation Looney Tunes.

    • ritzl on July 21, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Yep. And this is why Israel loses the war. While Palestinians in Pam Bailey’s article are developing the life and death philosophy and discipline required to free themselves, Israel puts all its energy into developing new media euphemisms for slaughter and training cadres to “share” them on a global scale.

      It’s the difference between a beech and a begonia in terms of long-term viability.

    • Kay24 on July 21, 2014, 2:48 pm

      It gets crazier by the day. I guess butchers have to save face now, as they have lost 25 soldiers, supposed to be a huge loss, which they never have experience for YEARS , and that to a weaker side that is outnumbered and have weapons that could be laughable, compared to the military weaponry of the occupier. That is a blow to their big egos. Now Beebs will resort to cartoons and hasbara lies.

      • tree on July 21, 2014, 3:41 pm

        That is a blow to their big egos.

        Exactly. I saw a tweet yesterday that said: “There’s nothing quite as shocking and infuriating as those you consider and treat as inferiors making you look bad.”

    • amigo on July 21, 2014, 2:51 pm

      “I have re-christened Israel’s offensive in Gaza as Operation Looney Tunes.” Sumud

      Might I suggest , “Looney dunes”.

  2. just on July 21, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Looks like Pam Geller’s team is doing the “cartoons”. Disgusting and entirely predictable from the desperado terrorists of Israel.

    All that can be found in Shuja’iya are dead innocents.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 21, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Cartoon agitprop for a cartoon nation. A horror cartoon.

    Imagine if the leader of any Muslim nation published a cartoon associating a guy in a kippa or a woman in a Jewish headcover with terrorism. MEMRI would seize on it, and news channels the world over would have it as headline news. Abe Foxman would decry this outrageous anti-semitism. Obama would condemn it. But because it’s Muslims, it’s OK.

    And what’s with the baby carriage? Never mind that those dumb schmucks don’t know that women in Gaza don’t use those US style contraptions – even if they could buy them – I wonder if it’s implying that babies are legitimate targets?

    It is, isn’t it?

    • can of worms on July 21, 2014, 4:03 pm

      I don’t get these cartoons. They are so energyless and stupid, it stumps the mind. A cartoon usually has something thought provoking about it; here there is only a cold stylishness clashing with the violence of the message. I picture the design school graduate in Tel Aviv sitting deliberating over what color schemes to use, or how to shape the contours. And then, as MDM said, how much ignorance of Palestinian everyday life is needed just to produce the central image here. Not to speak of the other stupidities which others have mentioned, starting from the lameness of the wording: “What can be found in Shujaiya”? The Israeli cartoons, all of them, seem to be trying very hard to portray the American or Western reader as an idiot. Or maybe they just reveal the ambivalence behind their own hasbara?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 21, 2014, 4:56 pm

        Yes, they’re shite. They look like they were churned out by a 1st year student in Graphic Design. Or maybe even a kid with whatever Microsoft tool does that sort of thing.

        BTW this poster was being pushed by Israeli media a week or so ago. It purports to be a ‘hamas poster’ used in Gaza, urging civilians to act as human shields. But as was quickly pointed out, the poster has never been seen anywhere other than IDF propaganda sites. Also, Arabic speakers noted the use of diacritic marks in the poster, which is odd, as diacritics are almost never used in these cases. Then there’s the fact that the style is oddly reminiscent of Israeli propaganda cartoons.

        So my guess is that it was the work of the same spotty 1st year Graphic Design student, with a bit of help from one of MEMRI’s translators.

      • can of worms on July 21, 2014, 11:22 pm

        Geez, it’s the signature style of the idf graphics division, except here intentionally made to look backwards and unsophisticated (everyone knows those primitive ‘Aravim’ can’t draw symmetrical shapes and vertical lines.)
        These vapid appeals to the stupidity of Americans betray the general low morale. And the low morale will make them lose, as ritzl observes above.

    • Marnie on July 22, 2014, 4:50 am

      I think the baby is a terrorist in waiting and therefore is a legitimate target?

      From the flapping orifice of Ayelet Shaked “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

      “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists,” said Shaked. Standing behind the operations on Gaza, “they are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists,” Shaked added.
      Female MK, Ayelet Shaked

      This from the mouth of an MK in the “only democracy in the ME”. I think of her everytime I hear or read “IDF doesn’t target civilians” or Bibi’s little speech about how sad it makes him to see dead Palestinian children.

      She appears to be in love with herself, maybe the pinup girl for the IDF. What a crazy biotch.

  4. Kay24 on July 21, 2014, 2:42 pm

    The lunatics are running the asylum over there, now the other dangerous nut Liebermann calls for boycotting Israeli Arab businesses belonging to those protesting the attack on Gaza….I do not recall this lunatic calling for the same, when settlers were violently protesting and being their usual crappy selves.

  5. Sumud on July 21, 2014, 2:45 pm

    It’s worth clicking on the link in the article (I’ll include it again below) to see a larger version of the graphic.

    Note carefully:

    – Hamas terrorists like to stand behind civilians, even when said civilian is riding a bike.
    – Shuja’iya is covered in little boxes – which Hamas must have painted green to signify ‘islamic terrorist infrastructure here’
    – the people of Shuja’iya are as tall as multi-story buildings – or buildings in that part of Gaza are little.

    • eljay on July 21, 2014, 3:06 pm

      Now that we know what can be found in Shuja’iya, King Bibi should show us what can be found in Israel…and in the territories stolen, colonized and occupied by Israel.

      I bet you you’d see:
      – stockpiles of rockets;
      – rocket launchers aimed at Gaza;
      – factories to produce rockets and ammunition;
      – oppression, occupation and colonization terror infrastructure;
      – drones;
      – tanks;
      – fighter aircraft;
      – naval vessels;
      – nuclear weapons; and
      – Captain Israel (who is probably taller and stronger than any person in Shuja’iya).

      C’mon, Bibi, draw us a pretty picture!

      • just on July 21, 2014, 3:13 pm

        I asked one of the hasbrats the same thing yesterday, though not so elegantly as you did!

        I got *crickets*

      • Sumud on July 21, 2014, 3:18 pm

        And chemical weapons.

    • Inanna on July 22, 2014, 7:47 am

      The most ridiculous thing about this is that the Israelis are not deterred by being proven wrong. There’s no secondary explosions from bombed weapon/ammunition stockpiles in hospitals, mosques, apartment buildings or cemeteries. Yet they still keep peddling lies.

  6. ritzl on July 21, 2014, 2:54 pm

    “Terror Tunnels?” Palestinian fighters literally camped out in Israeli towns and didn’t harm a single civilian. Not one.

    Palestinians are changing the rules and Israel has been and still is wrong-footed. Or in a “pickle” as a wise person said here recently.

    • Sumud on July 21, 2014, 3:15 pm

      That contrast between percentage of civilian casualties on each side cannot be underestimated in terms of disabling hasbara.

      If you listen to the IDF they relentlessly describe the resistance as terrorists but the numbers don’t support that.

      Already there are reports in Israeli press that the IDF are surprised with Hamas’ skill as fighters:

      One officer, a veteran of Gaza operations, who left the fighting area for a few hours, told Haaretz: “I’ve been to Shujaiyeh before, but I’ve never seen it – or Hamas – like this before. Their equipment and tactics are just like Hezbollah. Missile traps and IEDs everywhere – and they stay and fight instead of melting away like in the past.”

      It’s only a matter of time before that seeps into US coverage – combine it with the huge number of civilians killed by Israel and suddenly it’s David & Goliath.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 21, 2014, 3:20 pm

        It also shows how comically overrated Israeli ‘intelligence’ is. I think it was Robert Baer who said the only thing in which Mossad excel is PR. Think about it: Gaza is under constant Israeli surveillance and siege, and although Hamas seem to have done a good job at weeding out collaborators, there are surely plenty of informers there too. And yet it seems the IDF didn’t have a clue what lay in wait for them, just like they had no idea what hit them – quite literally – in Lebanon.

        Is there a single thing – other than the ability to inflict mass brutality – in which Israel is NOT overrated?

      • Kay24 on July 21, 2014, 5:21 pm

        Well MDM, they are quite tough when it comes to kidnapping little kids from their beds, or beating them unconscious. The fact that 25 of their soldiers have been killed must be a devastating blow for them. To lose any to Hamas is even an embarrassment. The IDF should not be in Gaza, whereas the 550 civilians who were killed, especially the children, were in their homes.

      • ritzl on July 21, 2014, 7:35 pm

        And you know, MDM, with ground-penetrating radar, ultra-sensitive geophones, and God knows what other tech is ou there, it would sure seem to be impossible to tunnel 2m into Israel, let alone 2km, without the IDF detecting it.

        They must be completely incompetent, or something.

      • just on July 21, 2014, 8:13 pm

        that’s what I keep thinking about! every time they talk about it, my brain screams: wth?

      • ritzl on July 21, 2014, 7:26 pm

        Yeah, Sumud. “Why don’t they come out and fight us?” has been a hasbara refrain for years. Now that they are, Israel doesn’t seem to much like the results.

        Israel is like a trust-fund baby of a country. Oh wait, it IS a trust-fund baby of a country.

      • adele on July 21, 2014, 9:45 pm

        LOL! And so on point. Israel really is the U.S.’s trust fund baby, and a very spoiled and pampered one at that. It’s a perfect description, and one which I plan on using (with your permission of course :-)

    • gracie fr on July 21, 2014, 5:11 pm

      Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini cover the house, mosque, school….“Israel uses weapon to protect its civilians. Hamas uses civilians to protect its weapons” accusation very well….
      The logic is straightforward: insofar as Hamas hides weapons in houses (illegitimate), Israel can bomb them as if they were military targets (legitimate). Within this framework, a single function (hiding weapons) out of many existing functions (home, shelter, intimacy, etc) determines the status of an urban site (in our case the house), so that the edifice’s form loses its traditional signification.

      The question “when does it become a legitimate military target?” is merely rhetorical. Its real meaning is: “All houses in Gaza are legitimate targets” since all houses are potentially non-homes.

      • tree on July 21, 2014, 6:43 pm

        Yousef Munayyer:

        Israel claims to know whats in a civilian building its bombing from the air, yet has killed 3 of its own soldiers by friendly fire.

        James Fallows:

        When strategic message becomes ‘They’re forcing us to kill children,’ strategy is in trouble. As US learned.

      • oldgeezer on July 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

        By the same arguments are not the Israeli settlements effectively legitimate targets? I don’t have a position on this but have spent some time thinking about it. The GoI has supplied (at least some if not all) settlements with automatic weapons, tear gas, and stun grenades. Maybe more weapons that they haven’t admitted to. In addition they have provided IDF training to the settlers. Successive governments have declared that the settlements are a vital part to the security and defense of the nation.

        Aren’t they completely legitimate target in terms of the law?

        Anyway… I would hope it doesn’t happen as there are kids in those settlements and it would be a major black mark against Hamas regardless of the legal issue.

        Hostage… I don’t know you but I loved reading your input. Come back!

      • ritzl on July 21, 2014, 8:05 pm

        I think that’s what everyone is trying to point out, oldgeezer. If one uses the same single-function (meaning ANY military use means TOTAL military use) criteria for “legitimate” targeting that Israel uses on Gaza, EVERY structure in Israel becomes a “legitimate” target.

        The hasbara can’t cope.

    • Penfold on July 21, 2014, 8:31 pm

      The good news is that Lieberman has discovered that Khaled Mashal has dug all the tunnels and wants him assassinated to prevent him digging more…

      “Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly called for Israel to assassinate Mr Mashaal, who lives in exile in Qatar, saying this was the only way to ensure that further infiltration tunnels from Gaza will not be built in the future. ”

      If true Mashaal must be incredibly fit given the number of tunnels out there.

  7. Justpassingby on July 21, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Israel have totally lost it being a supremacist you dont see the reality anymore.

    • ritzl on July 21, 2014, 7:47 pm

      Lazy. Spoiled. Rotten, waiting for/dreading a puff of political wind. Just a puff (or is that a “poof”) might do.

  8. justicewillprevail on July 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

    An admission of utter insincerity, as plain as camouflage, transparent propaganda. Unable to counter real time tweets and photos, this is the best they can do? Graphics like demonstration manuals of a kitchen cabinet – flatpack propaganda, made at home with a construction kit of assembly line pieces. It gives the game away – they have nothing to back up their lurid, overblown claims which are supposed to justify the bombing and destruction of civilians and civilian infrastructure. Worse, they are doing it in order to blame Hamas (a ruse graphically illustrated by this utterly misguided effort), a cynical and desperate policy which betrays the vacuum at the heart of israeli strategy – no answer to the results of their own ghettoisation policy. They just can’t hide it, and this cartoon policy indicates that they don’t even recognise the flimsiness of their own camouflage. Putting lipstick on bombs doesn’t really make them that attractive, does it?

  9. tree on July 21, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Speaking of cartoons, here’s one from the Guardian, although its source is an Australian political cartoon, First Dog on the Moon:

    “How does one respond to a message stating that your house will be destroyed in 10 minutes? asks First Dog on the Moon”

  10. Palikari on July 21, 2014, 7:48 pm

    The image is not racist and is not identifying Muslims with terror (but Hamas terrorists). It seems that you live in a parallel fantasy world where there is racism everywhere and everytime.

    • just on July 21, 2014, 8:04 pm


      Yeah, there are cute, cuddly Hamas babies in strollers in Gaza with Hamas mommies strolling them along in dressed head to toe in black.

      • Palikari on July 22, 2014, 3:15 pm

        I meant that it’s identifying terror with Hamas terrorists, not Muslims!

        You got me wrong.

    • adele on July 21, 2014, 10:01 pm

      I hate to tell you this but your hasbara efforts are really very ineffective and lacking in sophistication. It isn’t at all challenging for us, but more importantly it doesn’t help Israel. I’m just telling you this for your own good because I’m sure your quarterly review will be coming up soon and you may risk job termination. Perhaps you can claim Hasbara Fatigue Syndrome and collect disability?

      • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 8:20 am

        Lol good response. HFS indeed.

    • eljay on July 22, 2014, 8:32 am

      >> Palikareee: It seems that you live in a parallel fantasy world where there is racism everywhere and everytime.

      That sounds like the world Zio-supremacists live in – a world of comprised of nothing but endless anti-Semitism and perpetually imminent “wipe off the map” Holocausts.

  11. RoHa on July 21, 2014, 9:44 pm

    Where’s the white Persian cat?

    • Justpassingby on July 22, 2014, 3:35 am

      It is hiding in the belly of the Syrian dog, dont you know palestinians have trained their animals to use human shields?

  12. bilal a on July 22, 2014, 1:08 am

    They see their primary enemy as the Muslim woman, modestly dressed,with child.

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