Obama, the Joker and the Palestinians


Is the Obama joker poster racist? I’ll leave that to others to decide (it’s below).

It turns out, however, that it is based on the work of Firas Alkhateeb, a Palestinian American student at the University of Illinois. (The "Socialism" underline is not in his original, which was rendered as a Time Magazine cover.)

In this Los Angeles Times interview, Alkhateeb doesn’t quite make his motivation clear. He sees Obama’s popularity as the product of undue adulation; he closely watches Middle East news and he thinks Obama is doing a better job in the region than Bush did. Last yeat, his preferred candidate was Dennis Kucinich (a liberal and the presidential candidate perhaps most identified with pro-Palestinian views), but on domestic issues, Alkhateeb likes the GOP and thinks Obama is going nowhere.

So… do the hard-right pro-Israel Web sites continue (here, here, here and here) to run with this portrait?


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