In PA cartoon, ‘reconciliation’ smites Israeli snake

Cartoon published in PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

A cartoon published recently in an official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority depicts a snake-like kippah-wearing Israeli having his head cut off by Palestinian unity, Palestinian Media Watch reported Sunday.

It was unclear if the drawing was intended to portray Israel or Jews as a whole, or whether it referred specifically to the Israeli right or Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman — whose face the cartoon seemed to resemble.

The caricature appeared in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida late last week. A snake or worm with the head of a Jewish man, who is wearing a yarmulke with a star of David on it, is seen as it is about to be severed off by an axe bearing the word “reconciliation.” The face of the snake seems similar to Liberman, while the axe head is a hand making a victory sign, while also holding the snake’s neck in its grip.

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