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PA daily cartoon: Trump is Balfour - "the one with no ownership" who gives Jerusalem to "the one with no right"

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

Text on cartoon: "One who has no ownership to one who has no right"

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump on one knee as if proposing marriage, offering Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bouquet of flowers dripping blood and containing the Dome of the Rock and a church in a representation of Jerusalem. Netanyahu is holding his hands together in excitement with a heart next to his head indicating his emotions. Netanyahu and Trump are blindfolded with eye cutouts and dressed in prison uniforms – apparently referring to them being thieves who have stolen "Palestine" and also possibly to the fact that they are both facing legal proceedings. The accompanying text is a phrase used by Palestinians in reference to the Balfour Declaration, and echoes the PA's equation of Trump as "Balfour the Second."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that "His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate "responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.  


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