This is depressing, if unsurprising:
It’s a cartoon that was published today by al-Kutla al-Islamiya (the Islamic Bloc), the Hamas-affiliated student union in Gaza. The figure is constructed out of a Palestinian flag, and he (it?) is dropping a Star of David into a garbage can. The text is translated by Arutz 7 to read, “Keep the world clean.”
Note that Pal-man is not dropping an Israeli flag into a trash can. He is dropping a Star of David into a trash can, which represents Misty Rabinowitz in Shaker Heights as readily as it represents any of us here in Israel.
The Hamas student union apparently operates in high schools and universities throughout Gaza. It claims to educate Gazan youth on the need to resist Israeli occupation, which seems curious at first, since Israel evacuated Gaza in 2005. It isn’t curious at all, though, since Hamas believes all of Israel to be occupied territory. The cartoon would suggest that not only are all Israelis the enemy, but all Jews everywhere are the enemy. This comes as little surprise to most of us here, but it’s a useful reminder to those viewing our conflict from a greater distance.
It’s rather refreshing, in a dismal kind of way, when our enemies lay their cards on the table.