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May 14, 2012 1:06 pm
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Foxman Decries Forward Cartoonist Depiction of Netanyahu Raping Obama (PHOTO)

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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.

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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.

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  • Tal

    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

  • Beatrix

    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.”

  • Jerry

    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.

  • Izzy

    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…

    • Edward H

      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.

    • Edward H

      Nice catch

  • Blam

    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

  • DBee

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

  • ds

    eli valley for gadol hador

  • Charles

    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.

    • HY GERSHON

      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?

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