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...

  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around and with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

    Read more →