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Jordan: cartoonist arrested for drawing mocking Israel and the Emirates

Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj was arrested on the evening of Wednesday August 26, 2020, after posting on his Facebook account and official website a cartoon deemed “offensive” evoking Israel’s opposition to the sale of F fighter jets. -35 Americans in the United Arab Emirates.

Indeed, the author of the drawing was brought before the State Security Court of Jordan, Thursday, August 27, and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, the cartoonist was accused of ” having committed acts and produced writings likely to disturb relations with a friendly country ”.

Despite the standardization agreement between Israel and the Emirates, concluded under the auspices of the United States and announced on August 13, Israel has opposed the sale of American F-35s to the Emirates for fear of losing its technological superiority in the region.

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