Thursday, February 16, 2006

Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoon Contest

Yes, you read it correctly. Here's the announcement from the Israeli group's blog:

A Danish paper publishes a cartoon that mocks Muslims.
An Iranian paper responds with a Holocaust cartoons contest -
- Now a group of Israelis announce their own anti-Semitic cartoons contest!

Amitai Sandy (29), graphic artist and publisher of Dimona Comix Publishing, from Tel-Aviv, Israel, has followed the unfolding of the "“Muhammad cartoon-gate"” events in amazement, until finally he came up with the right answer to all this insanity - and so he announced today the launch of a new anti-Semitic cartoons contest - this time drawn by Jews themselves!

"“We'’ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!"” said Sandy "“No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!"”


I hope this puts an end to the clash of religious and offending cartoons. I'm certain this contest has come as a shocker to the Iranian President.

The group will publish the accepted cartoons on their blog. So, make sure to check their site for updates.

UPDATE Feb. 18, 2006
Rabbi Marc Gellman wrote in a Newsweek magazine article about the cartoons:

Humor that is self-effacing is fine as long as the member is of the faith/race/ethnos, but when outsiders tell the joke, it is usually insulting or at least inappropriate. As a Jew, I can freely tell the joke about how the Yeshiva University crew team always lost to Harvard because the Harvard crew team had eight guys rowing and only one guy shouting (pause for laughter). If a gentile told that joke, I would … plotz (a Yiddish word meaning: to faint at a Jewish joke being told by a gentile). It is just not funny or in good taste or even in bad taste--it is just wrong--for anyone to insult other people's core identity and then hide behind freedom of the press. Yes, we in the West have the right to say any stupid thing we want, but when people get really pissed off about it, we can't hide or blame them because they can't take a joke.


This is exactly what I tried to explain to my readers two weeks ago. But, it got lost in translation. Oh well, I can't change the world. But, It's good to know there are people who see things the way I do.


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