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The Man of the Two Wives (cartoon), Falastin, July 25, 1936.

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A political cartoon published in the Arab newspaper Falastin on July 25, 1936, likened the British to a man who is married to two wives and therefore has no peace at home. Note how the Jewish woman is presented as the antithesis of Arab perceptions of femininity.

JOHN BULL– My Lord, I married first an Arab woman and then a Jewess and for the last 16 years I have had no peace at home…

THE ARCHBISHOP– How did you manage to have two wives, are you not a Christian?

JOHN BULL– It was the pressures of the Great war, my Lord…

THE ARCHBISHOP– Well my son, if you are sincerely looking for peace you must divorce your second wife, because your marriage to her is illegal…

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