Abbas Photographed in Hospital Reading Newspaper with Anti-Israel Cartoon

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shown recovering in hospital and reading a newspaper on the back page of which is a cartoon portraying an Israeli soldier poisoning a Palestinian baby, May 22, 2018. . (Wafa news agency)
Wafa news agency

The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas remained in the hospital for a third day Tuesday with pneumonia, with a hospital spokeswoman saying there was as yet no timeframe for his discharge.

Pictures and video of 83-year-old Abbas walking around the hospital and reading a newspaper were published late Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was more serious than reported. Independent media outlets were banned from entering the hospital.

Hadashot News pointed out that the newspaper Abbas was pictured reading prominently carried a large cartoon on its back page, facing the camera, showing an Israeli soldier taking a baby’s milk away from her and ramming poison down her throat instead. “It is not clear” whether the choice of newspaper page was deliberate, the TV report said.

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