The Palestinian Authority National Security Forces posted a cartoon on its official Facebook page Wednesday depicting an Israeli soldier about to “rape” a woman representing the Dome of the Rock, a media watchdog said.
In the cartoon, a woman wearing a Dome of the Rock hat languishes in a prison cell, while a large-nosed IDF soldier stands outside with his pants unzipped, saying “Come on, sweetheart.”
The caption read “Daily cartoon: Al-Aqsa is being raped,” the Palestinian Media Watch group said, in reference to the Arabic name for the compound.
The cartoon was posted amid increased tensions at the Temple Mount between Israel and the Palestinians in recent months, with Palestinians frequently clashing with police in protests against Jewish visitors to the compound and Israeli politicians calling for Jews to be allowed to pray there.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for calm and restraint and pledged not to change the status quo at the site, holy to both Jews and Muslims, though Arabs have charged Israeli lawmakers intend to allow Jewish prayer there.
The compound was closed to all visitors on Thursday last week following the attempted murder Wednesday of right-wing activist Yehuda Glick, who campaigns for Jewish prayer at the site, by a Palestinian from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor.
Abbas called the closure “a declaration of war.”
Just days before the attempted assassination, Abbas submitted a request for an emergency meeting in the UN Security Council about the situation on the Temple Mount. He had earlier joined Hamas in calling for Palestinians to defend the site.
AFP contributed to this report.