Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Foxman Decries Forward Cartoonist Depiction of Netanyahu Raping Obama (PHOTO)

May 14, 2012 1:06 pm 13 comments

A portion of Eli Valley's cartoon "The hater in the sky". Photo: screenshot via 972mag.com.

In an interview with The Algemeiner, Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League criticized cartoonist Eli Valley’s newest creation which depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raping President Obama and eating his limbs as he forces him to implement his demands, which include the deployment of an American built “intergalactic robot ray gun” to protect Israel from “possible meteor showers”. “Its offensive and obnoxious and crosses the line,” Foxman said.

“Cartoonists usually have much greater leeway of criticism because they are cartoonists, but even within that framework it crosses the line,” he told the Algemeiner.

“You really don’t care for Jews, do you?” Netanyahu asks Obama at the end of the political cartoon entitled “The hater in the sky”, published by +972 Magazine.

Valley is The Forward Newspaper’s “Artist in Residence” and has also been published by New York Magazine, Haaretz, and Gawker.

Political cartoonist Chava Light told The Algemeiner that this is part of the game when it comes to political cartoons, but “it doesn’t mean it’s respected or easily accepted”.

“You can do whatever you want, it’s like writing an opinion piece.  Personally, I never liked going so far that I seemed venomous, because it seemed like a better way to make an influential piece,” she said.

“While cartoonists are usually given leeway in the name of satire, not only is this extremely unfunny, but I would venture to say that this is a new journalistic low,” said Light.

At the time of publication, the Forward newspaper and Eli Valley had not responded to The Algemeiner’s request for comment.

A portion of Eli Valley's cartoon "The hater in the sky". Photo: screenshot via 972mag.com.

13 Comments

  • For many years, Foxman and his ADL have worked with Turkey very closely to deny the Armenian genocide and to defeat Amenian genocide resolutions in the US Congress.

    Does THAT cross the line, Mr. Foxman and the ADL?

    While they insist that we all commemorate the Holocaust, they are trying to stop another genocide was even being recognized. Amazing.

    http://www.NoPlaceforDenial.com

  • In the 1930s, these were the kind of Jews who felt safe from Hitler because they weren’t really Jewish, they were assimilated Germans. Consequently, they were easy for the Germans to find when the trains were ready. Today, they save themselves by defending Iran, and showing how pro-American they are by how much they hate Israel. Like Browning’s people they’re “merely born to bloom and drop.”

  • So Abe Foxman picks a fight with the Forward.How about him picking a fight with Israel’s real enemies…Obama, the Islamists,,the Socialist/Communists. No both Foxman and the Forward would rather kow-tow to them rather than acknowledge the danger they pose to Jews. Both the Forward and Foxman are useless and Jews would be better off without them.

  • Terry Robinson

    While cartoons have more latitude than editorials and columns, they must also adhere to journalistic standards.
    Rape and cannibalism by the leader of Israel vis a vis the leader of the USA is sick and abusive. The Forward has lost its legitimacy and should be treated as a pariah until it takes responsibility for its libel.

  • Wait a minute – this article doesn’t mention the fact that this cartoon also says that Bibi ATE OBAMA’S LIMBS! I think that’s worse than the title implies, which is bad enough…

    • Or the fact that the cartoon seems to think that every time an Israeli policy is criticized, we will cry Antisemitism. It is near the level of outright absurdity that the famous Blood Libels have taken.

  • Look at all these fake comments in support of this Bash Israel Agenda. Not one comment gives a real name. Shameful.

  • This made-up controversy is just to help turn out people to Eli Valley’s event next week, right? http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4340745

  • Well done Eli! your cartoons are fantastic and you are an asset to our community

  • eli valley for gadol hador

  • I resubscribed to the Forward specifically in support of Eli Valley’s work there. It’s brilliant. When I saw this, I was hooting all over the office.

    • THE FORWARD IS MISNAMED. “BACKWARD” IS MORE APPROPRIATE. IT IS A SELF-HATING JEWISH RAG AND IF YOU ARE PROUD OF IT WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

    Read more →
  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    A delegation of 35 Jewish fashion industry mavens from around the world will travel to Israel later this month to “discover the chic side” of the country, 5 Town Jewish Times reported. The eight-day tour, organized by the Maryland-based Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, will include visits to key fashion sites and meetings with some of the country’s top fashion designers, merchandisers and marketers. Participants will also attend a JWRP Fashion Week event in Tel Aviv. JWRP said the trip is […]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Pro golfer Laetitia Beck said she is honored to have been selected to represent Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil largely because of her grandparents, who survived the Holocaust. “Everywhere I go, I want people to know where I’m from, my background and where my family came from because of the struggle they had to go through,” she told the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “Every week when I play and I see the Israeli flag, it brings me a lot […]

    Read more →