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PA TV article on cartoon exhibition in Rome shows anti-Semitic caricatures

Official PA TV News, on a cartoon exhibition in Rome

Official PA TV newsreader: “In the capital of Italy, Rome, an artistic exhibition was held under the headline Palestinian Inspiration, with the participation of a number of artists from different nations who drew their drawings and inspiration from the daily distress of the Palestinian people.”

Official PA TV reporter: “The exhibition was organized at the beginning in Milano, and afterwards in Rome, the capital of Italy, with the exhibition of 135 cartoons of more than 100 artists from different countries…

The participating artists got their inspiration for their drawings from the daily distress that the Palestinian people is dealing with. They focused on the arrest of children, the expropriation of lands, the oppressive conditions within the prisons, and the threats facing Jerusalem. Their drawings have earned a great response from art lovers, politicians, and journalists, from political parties, and from various citizens in Italy.”

The cartoon on the left shows a religious Jew dressed in black with a beard and hooked nose lighting a pipe with a match from a matchbox, on top of which is the Dome of the Rock.

The cartoon in the middle shows the angel of death bringing together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, who are holding hands; in the background a dove symbolizing peace is lying dead in a cage.

The cartoon on the right shows Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who has assaulted soldiers and called for suicide bombings.

The cartoon shows a man in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) lying dead on the ground with two arrows in his back, and blood flowing out of the wound. The two triangles of the arrowheads form a Star of David.

The cartoon in the upper left shows a famous World War II photograph of Jews being rounded up in the Warsaw Ghetto. A boy in the middle is raising his hands in surrender. The image has been altered so that the Jews are wearing keffiyehs, as if Arabs or Palestinians are being rounded up.

The cartoon in the upper center shows a group of men in the same pose as the famous World War II photograph of the American flag being raised at Iwo Jima. The flag being raised in the cartoon is the Palestinian flag, and the men are standing on a pile of tires.

The cartoon in the upper right shows an alteration of the Great Seal of the United States, in which a bald eagle is holding an assault rifle in one talon and a bomb in the other, and over its head is a Star of David.

The cartoon shows Handala – a well-known Palestinian cartoon character who symbolizes the Palestinian refugee issue – dressed as a doctor and pointing at a bearded Israeli soldier with a Star of David on his helmet. The soldier facial expression shows he is in distress, and his assault rifle is lying on the ground next to him. He is holding up an X-ray image in front of his body, revealing that he has swallowed the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, which is covered in a keffiyeh pattern. A speech bubble is coming from Handala, and in it is the Palestinian flag.

The cartoon on the left shows a slingshot loaded with a rock ready to be fired, and behind it is the Dome of the Rock.

The cartoon in the middle shows an Israeli soldier facing off against a boy, from whom a speech bubble is emerging containing a vampire with the same grotesque nose as the soldier.

The cartoon on the left shows an armed Israeli soldier with a small Palestinian child chained to his arm by a handcuff. The soldier is lifting the child in the air by the arm and holding him up against a tape measure to present him as being older and taller than he actually is, while a teddy bear is falling out of the child’s other hand.

On the right is the Palestinian flag.

Ahed Tamimi – Female Palestinian teenager who assaulted Israeli soldiers on Dec. 15, 2017, and promoted suicide bombings in a filmed message immediately afterwards. After serving 8 months in prison, she met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on July 29, 2018, who called her "a role model for the Palestinian struggle."