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Cartoons from the Arab World, France, & The US React Differently to the Paris Attacks

Updated: Dec 09, 2015 11:41
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New Charlie Hebdo Cover today shows defiance in the face of violence.  The cover text translates roughly to, “They have the weapons…but fuck them…we have the Champagne”.  The Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was brutality attacked by Muslim extremists in January 2015 with explosives and automatic weapons.  They refused to lay down their pens or allow fear to change their beliefs then, and they certainly will not change their beliefs or way of life after the most recent Paris Attacks.



You may recognize this watercolor by artist Jean Jullien, it went viral the night of the Paris Attacks.  In the following hours and days it appeared in millions of news feeds and most likely became the profile picture of someone you know. The London-based French graphic designer Jean Jullien, told CNN Sunday morning, “I thought we needed a message for peace.”



US Cartoons

Meanwhile in America, there were deeply contrasting reactions form the right and left as one can imagine.  From the Arizona Republic, Steve Benson depicts the statue of liberty with an assault rifle.



While Ben Schwartz of the New Yorker took a more mournful and nostalgic route, depicting a well known children’s book based in Paris, Madeline.  His caption is a play on the original book’s opening lines: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”


Then their were the obvious and frankly unimaginative comparisons of the Eiffel Tower to the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks, by the Int. Herald Tribune and Universal Uclick.


Cartoons from the Arab World

Perhaps the most interesting and contrasting depictions are from Arab cartoonists.  A cartoonist on the “Message of Islam” publication reminds the world of the massive suffering in middle eastern countries being ignored by a man labeled the “international community”.  Bed on the left with the finger bandage says ‘France’, Bed on the right with the body cast says ‘Syria’.


Then you have the cartoon from Egyptian based news network Arabia21 implying that the EU’s Middle Eastern policies have brought death to their door.


Arab-Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff seems to want to blame the US and French leadership as the cause of the attacks from ISIS.


Jordanian cartoonist Osama Hajjaj depicts a French woman crying.  A woman personifying ‘Liberty’ as in the famous painting by Eugène Delacroix  Liberty Leading the People through the French Revolution.


Then we have government-owned Iranian newspaper al-Alam with a cartoon titled “Wahhabi terror strikes Paris“.  I suppose the west shouldn’t expect much from the Iranian government


We have the Jerusalem Post reporting that the Palestinian political party Fatah is posting cartoons that blame the Paris Attacks on Israel…

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Artist Joann Sfar of Charlie Hebdo had a message about secularism, and about how #pairsisaboutlife

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