Unlike hundreds of thousands of Muslims worldwide who called for the immediate execution of those responsible for publishing cartoon drawings of Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, an Arab women who drew a cartoon seen as critical of jihadists and a noted terror leader has drawn more reasonable disagreement, as reported by The Jerusalem Post on Jan. 23, 2014.
Cartoonist Majedah Shaheen recently penned a caricature of Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Hamas terrorist organization and disputed Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, having his coat ripped by an attacking dog.
With the dodgy doggie reportedly representing Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the al-Quds Battalion, Madame Shaheen has found herself at the receiving end of threats and none-too flattering condemnations.
With the cartoon of Haniyeh yelling “calm down!” at the al-Quds canine, Shaheen has been lambasted online for her ever-so-slightly critical critique of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
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Shaheen apologized on her Facebook page, but added a proviso:
My intention was to relay a message in a clear and firm manner. But there are many who prefer to deal with the issue in an artificial manner instead of making an attempt to understand the idea behind it.
Unfortunately for the illustrator, her apology hasn’t exactly gone over all that well with many. As The Post noted:
[It f]ailed to calm many Palestinians, who posted abusive comments against her on Facebook, denouncing her has a ‘Zionist agent,’ ‘traitor’ and ‘prostitute.’
Historically, it simply isn’t all that rare in the Palestinian Authority controlled areas for those even accused of collaborating with the Israelis to turn up dead, usually executed with a bullet to the head or their throats slit.