This is one cartoon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be happy to see.

The Star cartoonist Gathara declares Netanyahu and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta the ‘Land Grabbers of the World’.

The Kenyatta family’s vast land holdings are widely believed to have been acquired in suspect ways, something that Uhuru has disputed publicly saying it was through ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ transactions.

Israel on the other hand acquired its current home very controversially. After world war 1, the British assumed control of Palestine. In 1917, the British government announced its intention to establish a home for Jewish people in Palestine. Arabs were opposed to this move. There was a lot of push and pull with Jews being refugees in many countries especially after the Holocaust.

Eventually, Britain could no longer manage Palestine and instead handed over the issue to the UN.  On November 29, 1947, the UN recommended the partition of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The Jews accepted but the Arabs did not. They fight to this day.

That history is what makes Gathara call Israelis ‘land grabbers’.

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