In a continuing blitz of what some analysts call “new” anti-Semitism targeting Americans, the official Palestinian daily newspaper published a cartoon deriding U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

Memorial built in Iraq to honor 15 American soldiers killed in downing of helicopter.

The cartoon featured in Al Hayat Al Jadida, according to Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch, mocks a memorial built to honor 15 American soldiers killed in the downing of a U.S. helicopter Sunday. It was juxtaposed in the paper next to a photograph of the actual memorial. The American tribute consists of U.S. military rifles, helmets and boots assembled in a row to represent each slain serviceman.

Political cartoon, “American Deaths” in Palestinian daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

The Palestinian caricature of the memorial shows helmets perched atop of rifles with purported “quotes” of coalition officials next to each helmet:

“We will imprison Saddam soon”

“Casualties are relatively low”

“The uprising is weak and desperate”

“International forces are needed”

Political cartoon, “The European poll,” in Palestinian daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

Itamar Marcus, with Palestinian Media Watch, reports the ridicule of American troop deaths in Iraq is an increasingly common theme in the Palestinian media.

WorldNetDaily reported the same paper published another cartoon Sunday that plays off a recent European poll showing nearly 60 percent of those surveyed believe Israel is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.

The poll was conducted in 15 European countries. In the survey, 500 people from each of the 15 EU countries were asked which state they regard as most dangerous to world peace. According to the results, 59 percent believe Israel tops the list, and 52 percent positioned the U.S. in second place.

The publishing of the latest cartoon coincided with Veterans Day in the U.S.

In keeping with tradition, President George W. Bush placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns to remember the sacrifices of war heroes, including those who gave their lives fighting the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

“Our veterans have borne the costs of America’s wars and have stood watch over America’s peace,” Bush said. “In two years and two months since our country was attacked, the men and women of our forces have engaged the terrorist enemy on many fronts. They have liberated two nations: Afghanistan and Iraq, delivering more than 50 million people from the hands of dictators.”

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