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Cartoons in the Arab Press on ICC's Indictment of Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir

On July 14, 2008, the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, issued a bill of indictment against Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir for war crimes perpetrated during the Darfur conflict. Ocampo also requested that an international warrant be issued for Al-Bashir's arrest.

Cartoonists in the Arab press have focused on the case, supporting Al-Bashir while criticizing the ICC, the U.S., and Israel (see also MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 457, "Controversy in the Arab World Over ICC Indictment of Sudan President Al-Bashir," July 24, 2008, Controversy in the Arab World Over ICC Indictment of Sudan President Al-Bashir).

The following are examples of cartoons in the Arab press on the ICC and Al-Bashir:

The ICC and Sudan

On octopus: "ICC"; on President Al-Bashir: "Sudan"

Cartoonist: Amjad Rasmi

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 13, 2008

On judge's sash: "ICC"; on paper in judge's hands: "Darfur"; on books beneath chair: "Sabra and Shatila," "Qana"

Cartoonist: Naser Al-Jaafari

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), July 15, 2008

Above: "Justice"; on figure of Al-Bashir: "Sudan"

Cartoonist: Hassan Bleibel

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), July 17, 2008

On bull: "ICC decision"

Cartoonist: Hamid Ata

Al-Khaleej (UAE), July 22, 2008

After Palestine and Iraq – Sudan

On pool of blood: "Iraq," "Palestine"; on turbaned figure: "Al-Bashir"

Cartoonist: Jalal Al-Refa'i

Al-Dustour (Jordan), July 16, ‏2008

"Sudan"

Cartoonist: Abdallah Darqawi

Al-Dustour (Jordan), July 24, ‏2008

Darfur

On right: "Darfur"; on left: "Court"

Cartoonist: Habeeb Haddad

Al-Hayat (London), July 22, 2008

Writing: "Sudan"; on bomb: "Darfur"; on burning fuse: "Arrest warrant"

Cartoonist: Abdullah Mahraqi

Akhbar Al-Khaleej (Bahrain), July 23, 2008

On elephant: "Khartoum" (khartoum is also Arabic for an elephant's trunk); on bird: "Darfur"; beneath hoop: "ICC"

Cartoonist: Khalil Abu Arafa

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), July 15, 2008

Israel, Not Al-Bashir, Is the Criminal

Al-Bashir: "What’s going on?" his robe is labeled "Sudan"

On "Wanted" poster: "Bush," "Blair," "Olmert"; on sleeve on right: "ICC"; on hand: "Ocampo"; on men behind Al-Bashir: "Arab countries"

Cartoonist: Abdullah Mahraqi

Akhbar Al-Khaleej (Bahrain), July 16, 2008

"The ICC"

Cartoonist: Naser Al-Jaafari

Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), July 19, 2008

U.S. Policy

Right to left: "Iraq"; "Syria"; "Sudan"

Cartoonist: Abdullah Mahraqi

Akhbar Al-Khaleej (Bahrain), July 22, 2008

President Al-Bashir

"Coming soon – Arab Heroes Part II"

Cartoonist: Emad Hajaj

Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), July 16, 2008

"Arrest Warrant"

Cartoonist: Omaya Joha

Al-Raya (Qatar), July 16, 2008

"Look at the structure"; on Al-Bashir: "Arrest Warrant on the President Below"

Cartoonist : Saad Haju

Al-Safir (Lebanon), July 16, 2008

"Al-Bashir" bites "Ocampo's" "finger of accusation"

Cartoonist: Eley Saleba

Al-Watan (Qatar), July 16, 2008

On painter: "Ocampo"

Cartoonist: Naser Al-Jaafari

Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), July 21, 2008

Cartoonist: Fares Qarabit

Al-Watan (Syria), July 23, 2008

Justice

"In Khartoum…"

Cartoonist: Habeeb Haddad

Al-Hayat (London), July 20, 2008

"Sudan"

Cartoonist: Abdallah Darqawi

Al-Dustour (Jordan), July 21, ‏2008

The Sudanese Peace Dove

Cartoonist: Hassan Idleby

Al-Bayan (UAE), July 25, 2008

"Khartoum"

Cartoonist: Eley Saleba

Al-Watan (Qatar), July 27, 2008