Cartoon: Demonized Jew and American
celebrate division of Sudan
by Itamar Marcus
Under the headline "Division of Sudan," a cartoon in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustur showed the distorted images of an American and a Jew toasting the division over barrels of Sudanese oil.
Official Palestinian Authority television chose this cartoon to be among cartoons from the Arab world being rebroadcast on PA TV this week.
Text upper right: "Division of Sudan"
Text both men: "Cheers!"
[PA TV (Fatah), July 10, 2011]
As documented by Palestinian Media Watch, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has expressed opposition to the division of Sudan in the past, and his close aide called the proposals for division an "Israeli conspiracy."
Abbas against division of Sudan:
In a letter to President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, who is accused of responsibility for the genocide in Darfur, Abbas expressed his support for the President and stated that the Palestinian people and leadership "have complete faith in the wisdom of President Omar Al-Bashir" and that they "support the unity of the land of Sudan and its people."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 28, 2010]
PA official: Israeli conspiracy to divide Sudan
PA official Abd Al-Rahman, Director General of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' office, accused Israel of being involved in a conspiracy to divide Sudan, saying that "there are other conspiracies which the occupation (i.e., Israel) plans so as to cause a decrease [in attention] to the Palestinian cause and to turn it into a secondary matter with no priority, such as... the division of Sudan."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2011]