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New Cartoon Brings Death Threats from ISIS/ISIL/DAESH

My cartoonist buddy Osama Hajjaj in Jordan drew a cartoon this week that he describes as depicting Arab women’s struggle and suffering under Islamic/Sharia Law. Osama tells me he’s received a torrent of abusive reaction to the cartoon from Muslim readers, but more of a concern are credible death threats from ISIS/ISIL/DAESH members emanating from Jordan and neighboring Syria. Osama writes:

“… but no matter what, those cowards won’t stop me and I still believe that Freedom of thought and expression is a human right. To detain and threaten people for exercising their human rights is the epitome of barbarism. Blasphemy is a crime for those who have weak ideas and corrupt morals.”

Osama sent me links to some news reports about the ISIL/ISIS/DAESH death threats, like this one, but I must admit, my Arabic is a little rusty. Police in Jordan are investigating. Being an editorial cartoonist in the Middle East is a dangerous job. See more of Osama Hajjaj’s work here.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

4 replies on “New Cartoon Brings Death Threats from ISIS/ISIL/DAESH”

I don't know whether this is the specific cartoon that drew death threats, but it is not a made-up cartoon scenario. I have seen this exact situation on Vilano Beach, Florida.

I don't know whether this is the specific cartoon that drew death threats, but I have seen this exact scene on Vilano Beach in Florida.

Mr. Cagle, I keep thinking of something my grandfather taught me when I used to visit him on the reservation.
A VOICE SILENCED IS A VOICE NEVER HEARD.
Just though I would pass this on seeing my days are almost at an end.

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