Cartoon in Palestinian daily Al Quds has President Bush saying: “We strongly condemn these violations and we will work for free, fair and democratic violations.” The text at top right says: “Abu Ghraib part 2”
Rhetorical attacks against the U.S. and the West by the official Palestinian Authority press are increasing, with stories in the past week equating Western leader with Adolf Hitler, according to a media monitor.
In separate stories, the PA’s leading daily newspaper evoked Hitler and defined American neo-conservative ideology as Nazi “Aryan supremacy doctrine,” reports Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch.
“There is a new ideological Nazism, which has started to dominate the West, but it doesn’t speak openly about its totalitarian Nazism, but carries it out in practice,” wrote Hafez Barghuthi, editor in chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 4.
“I see in many minor and senior Western officials, copies of Hitler,” he said. “Many of the Western institutions are as if they are managed by the Gestapo and the S.S.”
Barghuthi wrote that while “the Jews suppose they are safe from this Nazism, which is directed towards the people of the third-world and Latinos, they are mistaken, since it is not possible that the wolfish Nazi feelings will not eventually turn against them … because the neo-conservative idea is derived from the remnants of the Nazi idea, and is an Aryan supremacy doctrine, with new terminology.”
An article in the same daily scorned the U.S. for “introducing dubious elements amongst the Muslims, such as democratic ideology.”
Hatred of the U.S. also was expressed in political cartoons, including one Feb. 24 in the Palestinian daily Al Quds that presents the crimes of individual soldiers, who were punished for their actions, as Bush’s personal “democracy.”
PMW says the frequent hatred expressed towards the U.S. has had significant impact on Palestinian public opinion.
A recent European poll, by the Norwegian non-governmental group Fafo, found 65 percent of Palestinians “support al-Qaida actions” in the U.S. and Europe.
“This strong support of those would destroy America came in spite of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the PA, and was documented before the U.S. announced a freeze in funding after the election of the Hamas government,” PMW notes.
In his column, Barghuthi asserted the “extremism in Arab societies is an outcome of American policy.”
“Washington has its own agenda and distinct domineering and imperialistic aspirations,” he said. “The service of democracy is not among them, but the service of monopolistic companies and allied totalitarian regimes.”