Shalom Life | July 29, 2014

Cartoons Blame Israel, US for Anti-Islam Film

Cartoons published in Arab newspapers blame Israel and US for film that started riots in Muslim world

By: Roi Kais

Published: September 16th, 2012 in Culture » Film » News

Cartoons Blame Israel, US for Anti-Islam Film

The violence sparked by a US-made film that denigrated the Islamic Prophet Muhammad has been making headlines worldwide over the past week, but the Arab media have also chosen to utilize caricatures to lob accusations at the United States and Israel.

One cartoon, published by the Gaza-based Palestine newspaper, claimed the Jewish state was behind the offensive movie. Featuring a man covering a wall in black paint found in a bucket printed with a Magen David on its side, the caricature was accompanied by the caption: "Israel produced the film that offended the prophet."

A drawing posted on a popular Egyptian Facebook group claimed the film was an American ploy to present Muslims as terrorists. The caricature showed Uncle Sam pondering how to commemorate the terror attack of September 11, 2001.

"We will produce a film that offends Islam," the caption read. "The Muslims will be outraged and the extremists will attack the embassies, and then we will prove to the world they are terrorists."

Jordan's Ad-Dustour newspaper released a cartoon blaming the West for the film. One image showed a Western diplomat lighting a cigar with a fire captioned with "hatred." A second image showed him being burnt by the flames, signifying that the plot had backfired.


Another Jordanian paper, Alghad, chose instead to criticize the Arab world for dealing with the movie instead of the civil war in Syria. The caricature showed a Muslim riding a horse towards a sign that says "offensive film," while leaving behind another sign reading "Syria – massacre of innocent people."


Another caricature showing a clapboard dripping with blood, captioned with "murder of the American ambassador to Libya," goes as far as to suggest that "Israeli hands" were responsible for the death of US envoy Christopher Stevens. The image was published in the Algerian paper el-Shorouk.

Stevens was killed by Libyan rioters who stormed the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday night. Three of his staff members died as well.

The crudely made 13-minute English-language movie, allegedly made by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt residing in California, circulated on the Internet under several titles including "Innocence of Muslims." It mocked the Prophet Mohammad and portrays him as a buffoon.


Yet another image, released by the Saudi paper Alwatan, asserts that while the filmmaker may be American, Jews – depicted by a stereotypical ultra-Orthodox man sitting on top of the director's head – were the ones actually pulling the strings.

This article is reprinted with permission from Ynet.

Eva Green to Star in Upcoming Tim Burton Film Eva Green to Star in Upcoming Tim Burton Film TrendingSeth Rogen Chugs Beer From The Stanley Cup [VIDEO] Seth Rogen Chugs Beer From The Stanley Cup [VIDEO] TrendingOne Direction’s Zayn Malik Receives Death Threats After Tweeting #FreePalestine One Direction’s Zayn Malik Receives Death Threats After Tweeting #FreePalestine Trending
 

Eva Green to Star in Upcoming Tim Burton Film

July 28, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Eva Green to Star in Upcoming Tim Burton Film

The 'Penny Dreadful' actress is in talks for Burton's adaptation of 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'.

Read More

Seth Rogen Chugs Beer From The Stanley Cup [VIDEO]

July 28, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen Chugs Beer From The Stanley Cup [VIDEO]

The 'This Is The End' star drank beer from hockey's biggest trophy during a charity event in Montreal.

Read More

One Direction’s Zayn Malik Receives Death Threats After Tweeting #FreePalestine

July 28, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
One Direction’s Zayn Malik Receives Death Threats After Tweeting #FreePalestine

The Muslim-born pop singer lost quite a few fans on Sunday

Read More

Lea Michele Joins ‘Sons of Anarchy’

July 28, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lea Michele Joins ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Glee's Rachel Berry will be going from glee club to biker gang.

Read More

Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam

July 28, 2014 | By Maayan Jaffe
Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam

The voice of Arabs who call on their peers to fight the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam is growing strong

Read More

The Nosh Pit - Kosher Donut Recipes

July 28, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
The Nosh Pit - Kosher Donut Recipes

Now that donuts have surpassed cupcakes as the latest dessert fad, let's celebrate with these yummy kosher recipes.

Read More

Hamas Used Children to Build Tunnels, Of Which 160 Died

July 28, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Hamas Used Children to Build Tunnels, Of Which 160 Died

The Institute for Palestine Studies reports that children's "nimble bodies" helped in building the secret tunnels

Read More

Zane Caplansky in Hot Water After Deciding to Sponsor Palestinian Film Festival

July 28, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Zane Caplansky in Hot Water After Deciding to Sponsor Palestinian Film Festival

The Toronto-based celebrity chef, and noted pastrami enthusiast, wants to "make lox, not war"

Read More

More Headlines