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.