Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday cartoon on Sunday: the meaning of 'no metal detectors'

(Last update: July 31, 2017)

Once again, Friday's cartoon doesn't appear until Sunday. Once again, last week's cartoons (available as of July 28, 2017) didn't pass muster.

Our standards are high around this blog. We don't print just any cartoon. We print almost any cartoon.

This morning, a good cartoon popped up. It's dated July 28th. I didn't see it until today. 

Today's cartoon is a double-header. They both come from the world of Palestinian media. They come to you via the good work done by the website, Palestinian Media Watch, which tracks Arabic media--and then publishes that which proves that the Palestinian Authority does not foster a 'culture of peace'. 

These cartoons come from the official Fatah Facebook page. Fatah is the political party, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, which controls the totalitarian-run Palestinian Authority. The two cartoons were posted originally in Arabic on July 25, 2017 and July 27th, respectively.

The first is titled, "Fatah cartoon: Israel removed metal detectors out of fear":

from: Nan Jacques Zilberdik, palwatch, July 28, 2017

Two days later, on July 27, 2017, the Fatah Facebook page showed a second cartoon. This was titled, "Victory is better than sleep":

from: Nan Jacques Zilberdik, ibid

The defeated. practically shoe-less  Israeli (Netanyahu?) drags his 'war' equipment away from the 'battlefield'. 

As 77% of Israelis say they disapprove of their government's removing the metal detectors from the entrance to the Temple  Mount, I'd guess that close to 100% of Palestinians celebrate their removal. True, I don't have a poll to support this observation. But then, no one in Israel needs to do a poll to see how overwhelmingly Palestinians support the detectors' removal.

No polls are necessary to validate a second point: Palestinians are ecstatic over what they perceive to be a defeat of Israel over this issue.

These cartoons paint a lovely picture for the Palestinian public. They show a fearful and defeated Israel--and joyous Palestinians.

In case you  miss the point of these cartoons, here's a headline that explains what the removal of those metal detectors means to Palestinians: Dalit Halevy, "PA leader: we are sovereign in the land", arutzsheva, July 30, 2017). 

This is not a joke. It's what Palestinians truly believe. They have defeated the Jews at their (the Jews') holiest site. To Palestinians, that means sovereignty for the Holy Land itself has fallen to the religion of Islam.

Yes, the 'sovereignty' referred to in the news story (Halevy, ibid) refers specifically to the Temple Mount. But the larger reference--to Israel itself--is inferred. The headline captures how the Palestinian leadership thinks.

Palestinians are joyous. They feel that, through the Holy Temple Mount, they have taken control of Israel. 

For Israel, this is not a benign joy. It will not lead to peace. It will lead to more violence.

You don't believe that? Stay tuned.

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