Monday, June 29, 2015

Story Time

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According to the Daily Caller:
Michael Oren Slams New York Times’ Anti-Israel ‘Lunacy’ In New Book
Israel’s former ambassador to the United States says there wasn’t enough time in the day to debunk all the anti-Israel “lunacy” published in The New York Times — so he just stopped trying.

Michael Oren, the widely respected historian who served as Israeli ambassador to the U.S. from 2009 to 2012, blasts The New York Times in his soon-to-be released book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.”

“Most malicious was the op-ed page of The New York Times, once revered as an interface of ideas, now sadly reduced to a sounding board for only one, which often excluded Israel’s legitimacy,” he writes. “The page’s contributors accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, brutal militarism, racism of several stripes, and even ‘pinkwashing’ — exploiting its liberal policy toward lesbians and gays to cover up its oppression of Palestinians.”

“After a while, I simply gave up trying to debunk such lunacy,” he added. -more

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Demonic Possession?

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The flood of bloodletting, terror attacks, kidnapping, and beheadings is beyond belief. We continue to search for rational explanations. Perhaps it's time to consider that humankind is in the grip of demonic posession? Are we too "scientific" to consider the existence of evil as a force? Has the behavior of "the nations" opened the door to demonic forces? Is the world possessed?
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Another UN Report

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According to the Wall Street Journal:
The U.N.’s Israel Inquisition
Another skewed report that blames the Jewish state for war crimes.

June 24, 2015 7:22 p.m. ET
"U.N. reports on Israel sometimes remind us of the classic Monty Python sketch “Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!” with its screwball combination of comic ineptitude and malignant predictability. So it is with Monday’s inquisi—er, “Inquiry”—by the U.N. Human Rights Council on last summer’s war between Israel and its terrorist enemies in Gaza.

The 183-page report, from former New York state Justice Mary McGowan Davis and Senegalese lawyer Doudou Diene, purports to be even-handed by citing both Israel and Hamas for possible war crimes and violations of international law. That’s something of an achievement for the Council, which has a lopsided record of condemning Israel and whose current members include Qatar, Russia and Venezuela.

Yet the report is fundamentally an anti-Israel document.

The bias begins with a preposterous claim that Israel continues to “occupy” Gaza, despite its 2005 withdrawal, on the theory that Israel has the capacity “to send troops within a reasonable time to make its power felt.” By that standard, the U.S. occupies Canada and the Bahamas. The report accuses Israel of using “disproportionate” force and targeting residential buildings, while playing down that Hamas made a point of operating from civilian areas as a shield against Israeli retaliation and to flaunt civilian casualties.

It also indicts Israel by way of unconfirmed assumptions submitted as evidence of guilt, as in this gem:
“Given the absence of information suggesting in each case that the anticipated military advantage at the time of the [Israeli] attack was such that the expected civilian casualties and damage to the targeted and surrounding buildings were not excessive, there are strong indications that these attacks could be disproportionate, and therefore amount to a war crime."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's Really Simple

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The story goes that a non-Jew came to the home of Hillel, and asked if the sage could recite the Bible while standing on one foot. Hillel's answer was "Love your neighbor as yourself, all else is commentary". Simple!

The "Palestine Problem" is just as easy to explain in one simple sentence. "The Arabs still reject the UN's 1947 call for a Jewish State in Palestine."

A third question is "How can we confront the cartoon war that has been launched against us, against the next generation, and against civilization itself?" The answer is just as simple. We must train our students in the tactics and techniques of cartoon advocacy and activism so that they can fight back.

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A Lesson in Cartooning

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I have received a number of inquiries about the recent attempt by Israel's Foreign Ministry to use a cartoon to get their view across. The GOOD news is that the Foreign Ministry is beginning to understand that activist cartoons are vital in the fight for public opinion. The BAD news is that this animated cartoon (which I've assembled into a print cartoon above) is a perfect example of how NOT to do it.

So why would a student in the Dry Bones Academy receive a failing grade if he or she had produced the Foreign Ministry's cartoon?

Let's begin with a description of the cartoon:
1: A foreign Journalist reporting from Gaza is blind to what's really happening behind and around him.
2: A "cool girl" hands him a pair of glasses.
3: He puts on the glasses, sees what's happening, clutches his heart, has a heart attack and collapses.
4, 5, and 6:The dramatic cartoon punch-line follows "Öpen Your Eyes." It is a direct and forceful message to the "viewer.

Basic principles of successful activist cartooning
1. Target: Pick your "Target" audience.
2. Goal: Your goal should be a way to change, if only for a moment, the beliefs of your "Target" by cleverly slipping under their "defensive radar"
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence that your cartoon will cause your "Target" to involuntarily say in his/her head (thus reaching your goal).

How the Foreign Ministry Cartoon Fails
1. Target: The "Target" is the foreign press (as revealed by the punchline "open your eyes")
2. Goal: To change the beliefs of foreign reporters by cleverly slipping under their "defensive radar"???
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence created in the mind of the foreign journalist is "the Israeli Foreign Ministry says I'm Stupid and Blind!"

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the cartoon:

The analysis:
1. Target: The foreign press
2. Goal: Use humor to change reporters' beliefs that their reports are believed
3. The Secret Sentence: The sentence created in the mind of the foreign journalist is "The public doesn't believe us anymore"

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


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Summer has begun.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The BDS Bullies on Campus

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The bullies have taken over the Campuses.
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Friday, June 19, 2015

BDS The Simple Truth

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The Simple Truth
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Iran's Iron Dome

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BDS="Neo Nazi"

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A week ago I did a cartoon called "Hitler in Hell". It was about the neo Nazi BDS movement.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Standing Up to Pressure

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We've got to be smart. We must stand up to the pressure that is constantly exerted on us. And we need to educate the next generation to be smart and we need to empower them so they can to stand up to the challenges ahead.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

European Boycott

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Adelson, Saban, and the Dry Bones Academy?

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According to Haaretz:

Adelson-Saban summit raises millions to fight BDS
"Pro-Israel activists headed home from Las Vegas last weekend resting easy that raising money to fight boycott and sanction campaigns on campus just got a lot easier.

Although checks have yet to be written, deep-pocketed donors like summit organizer Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban pledged tens of millions to their cause.
“You work together and we will raise you the money,” promised Israeli-American businessman Adam Milstein following the conference for Israel activists that took place there over the weekend. “You no longer have to worry about financing and fundraising. You just need to be united.”
Milstein, a California real estate developer, who was among the key organizers of the first Campus Maccabees Summit, as the gathering dubbed itself, made his comments to Boaz Bismuth of Israel Hayom, an Israeli daily owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the host of the closed-doors Vegas summit, which took place at Adelson’s own Venetian hotel. Israel Hayom was the only media outlet granted access to the meeting, which was otherwise closed to press coverage.

Participants, true to the maxim that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, declined to discuss any financial pledges made during the summit in Sin City. But based on the organizers’ own guidelines, it is clear that tens of millions of dollars were raised to combat campus campaigns to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel — or BDS, as the movement is known.

Adelson and his fellow conference organizers limited participation in the event to donors willing to pledge at least $1 million over the next two years. With some 20 donors taking part at the meeting, the total dollar amount raised is estimated to be at least $20 million. A Jewish communal leader who did not attend the meeting but who spoke to the organizers said that, in fact, the overall funding goal for Adelson’s Campus Maccabees was $50 million."-more

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ask the Expert

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In today's "Ask the Expert" cartoon,I pose a question that more and more people are asking. I, personally, have not been able to decide on my answer. . . So I "asked" my cartoon Mideast "expert". The punchline of the cartoon leaves our Expert trying to decide on HIS answer, So what do YOU think? What's YOUR answer to this nagging question?
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Delegitimizing the Jewish State

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The shocking thing about Bernard Bouton’s entry in Iran’s antisemitic holocaust cartoon competition, which identifies Palestinians as “victims of a holocaust”, is that we are not shocked by the cartoon. We are not shocked for the simple reason that in recent years we have been flooded with cartoons that bizarrely allege that the Jews are the perpetrators of a holocaust against Palestinian Arabs. “Bizarre” because it belittles the unspeakable realities of the real holocaust; public book burnings, destruction of synagogues, expulsions from schools, boycotts of businesses, civilians rounded up, publically humiliated and transported in cattle cars to death camps, numbers tattooed on arms, prisoners starved, castrated, tortured, and worked to death, gas chambers, babies thrown alive into ovens to save the price of bullets, etc. etc. etc . . . none of which have any parallel in the treatment of Palestinian Arabs. So how is it that these irrational cartoons which promote hatred of Jews and spark violence and murderous attacks on Jews by “True Believers” are being drawn by cartoonists like Bernard Bouton and so many others?

Eric Hoffer in his 20th Century book “The True Believer” examined the mechanisms and tactics of mass movements that sought to conquer and transform his world, movements like Nazism, Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Anarchism, etc. He came to the fascinating and revealing conclusion that “A mass movement can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.” Nazism found its “devil” in “the threat” posed to the world by the Jews. The Nazi party’s full name was the National Socialist party, but who remembers what their ideas and ideals were other than Jew Hatred and racial superiority? Their identity and beliefs were destroyed by their maniacal Jew-hatred. Now, in the 21st Century, we are witness to the rise of another mass movement that seeks to conquer and transform the world. It is called Islamism. And its “Devil”, like that of the Nazis, is “the threat posed to the world by the Jews.” Islam’s identity and beliefs have been destroyed by the maniacal Jew-hatred of the Islamists. “Antisemitism” is a synonym for Jew hatred. It is a word coined in 1879 by a German named Wilhelm Marr.

To understand Bouton’s cartoon it is important to understand that antisemitism is a behavioral and cultural virus that infects society. Like a virus that infects a computer or a virus that infects a person, the main thrust of the virus is to take over and control the host that it infects. Its goal is to spread itself to any host with which it comes in contact. Bouton’s cartoon is, very simply, infected with the virus of Jew hatred. Like someone who has a virus and sneezes to spread the sickness, cartoonist Bouton (and others like him) cannot control the sickness which infects them and compels them to infect others. In the 1930’s the Nazis assembled a limited set of images of viral antisemitism. In a study I made at Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism and Racism (YIISA) and published by Yale University Press, I determined that the Nazi created set of viral images embedded into cartoons could be divided into two viral strains; One strain answered the question of what Jews are (horned devils, spiders, snakes, fanged vampires, rats, etc.) The second strain answered the question of what Jews do (kill babies, drink blood, control the media, own the banks, rule the world, etc.) . These two viral cartoon strains infected readers with the idea that they were likely to be victimized by the powerful demonic Jews.

And like the Nazis before them, the Islamists are successfully using these very same viral cartoon images to spread their anti-Jewish libels and Jew-hatred.

Concentration camp photographs, however, showed the Jews to be non-threatening, weak, pitiful victims themselves, who posed no credible threat to others. This presented a challenge to the spread of antisemitism. Antisemites, in response, began to deny that the Holocaust had ever happened. Holocaust denial failed miserably, but it is in the nature of viruses to develop resistant strains. And so a third holocaust-resistant strain evolved. Its viral images do not deny Nazi atrocities and do not deny the horrors of the Holocaust. This new strain uses cartoons to spread the concept that it is the Jews who are the Nazis, and that the Holocaust is real and being perpetrated by the Jews!!

The use of this new Holocaust cartoon strain is an attempt to incite a potential base of 1.57 billion Moslems (making up over 23% of the world population) to attack a miniscule Jewish population of about 14 million Jews (less than 0.2 percent of the world’s population), and to encourage non-Moslems to accept this Jew hatred as valid, which brings us to examine the sad case of Bernard Bouton, a French cartoonist and the President of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO). Less than six months after the three days of Charlie Hebdo terror in France in which Jews in a Parisian supermarket were attacked and killed because they were Jews, in a France which is growingly hostile to Jews, we witness a French cartoonist offering his “Jews are the perpetrators of the Holocaust” cartoon as an entry in the second Iranian “Holocaust cartoon competition.”

A truly sad affair, seeing a French cartoonist collaborating with the enemies of France and of Western Civilization. One would have expected the President of the Federation of Cartoonists Organization to be fighting for the release of Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani who was given a 12 year prison sentence by an Iranian Court for posting a cartoon they didn’t like on her facebook page. One would have expected the President of the Federation of Cartoonists Organization to be fighting against the meteoric rise of Jew hatred in France. One would have expected the President of the Federation of Cartoonists Organization to be fighting against the boycotting of the Jewish State, Its universities and its produce. But clearly, in Bouton’s case those expectations would have been wrong. He cannot heal himself and reject the antisemitic virus that infects his mind and his work. Surrender to the sickness is so much easier than bravery, self-awareness, and resistance.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pogroms; Then and Now

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Pogroms were wild outbreaks of marauding lynch mobs driven by the fever of viral antisemitism. The Nazis, on the other hand, had better PR and began with boycotts.

Nazi Boycott - Then

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BDS Boycott - Now

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hitler in Hell

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It all began with boycotts. Boycotts that were taken to defend against an imaginary Jewish threat. For info about the Nazi BDS program I turned to the History Place to track events of 1933:

Nazi Boycott .
Above: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivers a speech to a crowd in the Berlin Lustgarten urging Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses. He defends the boycott as a legitimate response to the anti-German "atrocity propaganda" being spread abroad by "international Jewry."

Below: Nazi storm troopers block the entrance to a Jewish-owned store. Their signs read: "Germans, defend yourselves against the Jewish atrocity propaganda, buy only at German shops!" and "Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!"

Nazi Boycott .

On April 1, 1933, a week after Hitler became dictator of Germany, he ordered a boycott of Jewish shops, banks, offices and department stores. But the boycott was mostly ignored by German shoppers and was called off after three days. However, the unsuccessful boycott was followed by a rapid series of laws which robbed the Jews of many rights.

On April 7, "The Law of the Restoration of the Civil Service" was introduced which made 'Aryanism' a necessary requirement in order to hold a civil service position. All Jews holding such positions were dismissed or forced into retirement.

On April 22, Jews were prohibited from serving as patent lawyers and from serving as doctors in state-run insurance institutions.

On April 25, a law against the overcrowding of German schools placed severe limits on the number of young Jews allowed to enroll in public schools. -more

And it all began with the supposed victims fighting back with what they claimed was a legitimate response anti-Jewish boycott to "defend" against the Jewish "threat".

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Monday, June 08, 2015

French Antisemitism: the Spider

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Embarrassingly it is by Bernard Bouton, a French cartoonist who is (incredibly) the current President of the Federation of European Cartoonist Organizations (FECO).
Below are a sample of other antisemitic spider cartoons

First two Nazi cartoons

Next an early Jewish spider conquers the world cartoon

Here's a cartoon from rhe Soviet Union

Next an Egyptian cartoon

A cartoon by a Palestinian Arab cartoonist

A Cartoon done in 2014 to commemorate Israel's 66th Birthday.
The spider's web is blocking a keyhole (presumably to the door of the millions of Arabs who want entry to the Jewish State)

And lastly a Jewish spider with Gaza in its web cartoon (surprisingly similar to Bouton's later cartoon)

I am a member of Israel's Cartoonists Organization, a member organization of the Federation of European Cartoonist Organizations (FECO), the group that Bouton heads. I don't expect Bernard Bouton to apologize, but perhaps he should just quietly resign.

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Problematic Two State Solution

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Friday, June 05, 2015

The Day Before

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The White House, the Iranian Mullahs, and others who think that Israel is now isolated, without options, and in a "hopeless" situation would be well-advised to check the history books.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

After FIFA?!

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According to the Washington Post:
"The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep.
It was just after dawn on May 27 when Andrew Jennings’s phone began ringing. Swiss police had just launched a startling raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich, arresting seven top FIFA officials and charging them and others with running a $150 million racket. The world was stunned.
The waking world, that is. If Jennings had bothered to climb out of bed, he wouldn’t have been surprised at the news. After all, he was the man who set the investigation in motion, with a book in 2006, “FOUL! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote-Rigging and Ticket Scandals,” followed by an exposé aired on the BBC’s “Panorama” program that same year, and then another book in 2014, called “Omerta: Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Organised Crime Family.”

So when WILL they expose the UN?!

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

World War 3

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

History and the UN

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Those of us who were raised with the belief that the United Nations provided a hope for a better world are forced to face the truth. The UN has failed. It has become a vehicle for condemning the Jewish State with ridiculous libels and grotesque lies. How sad.

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Monday, June 01, 2015


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