February 13, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10483

Following Vehicular Terror Attack In Jerusalem, Hamas-Identified Cartoonist Publishes Antisemitic Cartoon Praising Murder Of Jews

February 13, 2023
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 10483

The February 10, 2023 vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem, in which three Israeli civilians were killed and four were wounded, sparked gleeful responses from many Palestinians. An especially callous response was an antimesitic cartoon published by Gazan cartoonist Bahaa Yasin, who is known for his connections to Hamas. Yasin's cartoons have been published in Hamas' mouthpiece Al-Risalah, and his brother, Rashad Yasin, was an operative in Hamas' military wing and was killed in the 2014 round of fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

Yasin's cartoon, posted on his social media accounts, shows the head of one of the victims of the terror attack, Shlomo Alter Lederman, resting on a plate of maqlouba, a traditional Palestinian dish. The Palestinian family sitting around the plate, about to enjoy the meal, says "A wonderful Friday and a great Palestinian maqlouba." 

Bahaa yasin's cartoon (,, February 11, 2023)

The cartoon, which was later deleted from Yasin's accounts, evoked responses and inspired imitations on social media. A Gazan Twitter user posted a short video showing a dish of maqlouba with a photo of the murdered Israeli leaning against it, with the comment "The Palestinian maqlouba has left Jerusalem. How far will it go?"[1]

This is not the first time Yasin has published cartoons extoling the murder of Jews. In November 2021 he posted a cartoon praising Hamas terrorist Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, who had perpetrated a shooting near the Western Wall in Jerusalem earlier that month in which one Israeli civilian was killed and four were wounded. That cartoon showed Shkhaydam, who worked as a schoolteacher, pointing to a drawing of a gun on a blackboard and saying, "That's the way."[2]

Bahaa Yasin with Hamas leader Isma'il Haniya (, July 2, 2017; red circle in the original)

Bahaa Yasin in a report about him on Qatar's Al-Jazeera channel  (, May 27, 2015)



[1], February 10, 2023.

[2], November 22, 2021.

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