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Antisemitic Tropes and Conspiracy Theories Run Rampant in Mideast Political Cartoons, Says ADL Report

By ADLDecember 21, 2023,

Post-Oct. 7 political cartoons in Arabic press invoke hateful anti-Jewish themes.

In the aftermath of the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre and Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, political cartoonists in the Arab press have doubled down on the use of hateful antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes, according to a report from ADL (the Anti-Defamation League).

The assessment of political cartoons appearing in a wide range of newspapers across the Middle East and in Arabic-language newspapers in the U.K. found widespread use of hateful antisemitic tropes, including the claim that Jews control U.S. politics, comparisons of Israel and Israeli leaders to Hitler, and frequent references to the blood libel – the charge that Jews consume the blood of their victims as part of a perverse religious ritual. [...]

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