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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Palestinian press marks the beginning of the fourth year of Intifadah

The anniversary of three years of war against Israel was marked by the official PA daily, Al Hayat Al Jadida, with this cartoon

While Israelis are reeling at the anniversary of three years of the Intifadah, this Palestinian cartoon has text that reads: "The Palestinian Intifadah enters its fourth year." Note the subtle, quirky little difference in cultural perspective.

According to Itamar Marcus at Palestinian Media Watch, the cartoon celebrates Israeli losses and suffering by depicting an Israeli squirming in pain, trapped in the fist of the Palestinian arm. The arm has three full-sized muscles, representing the three years, and a fourth small one just beginning to grow.

The PA message to the outer world is that it seeks an end to the violence, but its message to its own people celebrates the war and anticipates its continuation. for another year.

G-d forbid.