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Captain Israel, the hyper-masculine comic book creation published by ultra-right Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs is so over-the-top in its portrayal of all things Israel as perfect in every way, that it’s almost a self-parody.

But fiddling about in Photoshop and altering a few word bubbles gives the good captain the culture-jam treatment, flipping the script and turning his anti-Palestinian propaganda campaign into self-reflexive hasbara humor. (Click on the first image below to view it larger, and then click in the upper right hand corner to scroll to the next page.)

From Capt Israel #2 – The Venomous BDS:

Captain Israel after

The original:

Captain Israel before
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  1. Annie Robbins
    January 6, 2012, 9:11 am

    omg!!!!! i can’t stop laughing..

    • hophmi
      January 6, 2012, 12:29 pm

      I’m glad you find my people’s vigilance 65 years after a third of us were murdered humorous.

      And I’m glad you think it’s OK to alter the text so that it looks like the first panel is actually what is there.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 6, 2012, 12:45 pm

        “I’m glad you find my people’s vigilance 65 years after a third of us were murdered humorous.”

        Neither the original nor the alteration to the propaganda comic is even remotely discussing “vigilance” after the holocaust, but, rather, the propensity for the Israelis to use the holocaust as a justification to excuse it’s own non-vigilant crimes against humanity.

        “And I’m glad you think it’s OK to alter the text so that it looks like the first panel is actually what is there.”

        LOL. Your post pretty much demonstrates the exact reason why the alterations to the propaganda is so funny.

      • hophmi
        January 6, 2012, 12:56 pm

        Yeah, once again Woody, the word Holocaust was used in the parody, not the original. And if you can’t understand why people with the history of the Jewish people might see an international campaign to boycott them, particularly one driven by interests who have long hated them, in the guise of history, then you’re callous or dense.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 6, 2012, 1:57 pm

        ” the word Holocaust was used in the parody, not the original.”

        Yes, I know. It was commentary on the propensity for the nation with, what? the fourth most powerful military in the world to always pretend it is on the brink of annihilation, often citing the holocaust in that effort. If you can’t see that, then it is you who are dense.

        “And if you can’t understand why people with the history of the Jewish people might see an international campaign to boycott them…”

        But no one is mounting an international campaign to boycott “the Jewish people.” There are calls to boycott, at most, the state of Israel because of its actions against the Palestinians. If you can’t see that then you are callous or dense.

      • marc b.
        January 6, 2012, 2:04 pm

        the word Holocaust was used in the parody, not the original.

        you’re kidding, right? so the comic doesn’t use any images representing the holocaust or pre-nazi pograms against jews to make its point? and the word ‘genocide’ doesn’t appear anywhere? (as in the genocide of european jewry. you know, the holocaust.) are you this dishonest in every part of your life, or is your dishonesty limited to this topic?

      • marc b.
        January 6, 2012, 2:18 pm

        If you can’t see that then you are callous or dense.

        i have to defend hopemee here, woody. can’t he be callous and dense?

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 6, 2012, 4:31 pm

        “i have to defend hopemee here, woody. can’t he be callous and dense?”

        LOL. Yeah, I guess he could be.

      • Citizen
        January 6, 2012, 8:34 pm

        Yeah, yeah, we know, hophmi, anti-semitism sprang full grown from the head of the Zeus Jew hater. It’s in the DSM-V, right?

      • split
        January 7, 2012, 10:25 pm

        “an international campaign to boycott them, particularly one driven by interests who have long hated them” ,…

        You see my friend, when one or too hate you, sometimes it’s their problem but if the rest of the world hate you since the beginning of time it’s you ,…

      • split
        January 8, 2012, 12:16 am

        “one or too” sorry, one or ‘two’ ,…

      • hophmi
        January 8, 2012, 8:03 am

        So now I guess it ok to explain antisemitism as split does by saying it must be the fault of the Jews.

        No, no antisemitism here. Lol.

      • split
        January 8, 2012, 5:54 pm

        “So now I guess it ok to explain antisemitism as split does by saying it must be the fault of the Jews”

        You don’t get it do you ?

        I remember coming home with highschool report with failing grades (fell in love) dad took one look and asked what’s this, a failing grades I said … All 5 ? All 5 ! Why ? The teachers don’t like me I guess … No kiddin, all 5 of them ? Son, he said, you’re grounded ’till they start to like you again ,…

      • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
        January 6, 2012, 12:49 pm

        Hopmi, I’m glad you’re glad …

      • Chu
        January 6, 2012, 2:09 pm

        I think you need a bump of ziocane to handle your pouting tantrum. Or a trip to Israel.

      • pjdude
        January 9, 2012, 4:12 am

        viligance? there is no viligance in ISrael just what in most people barely contained bloodlust being allowed to run rampent. and the whole captain Israel thin g is a joke from reading that is poorly written trash. not to mention the same tired Israeli propaganda with the same tired lies.. and what people is that. jews are religion wishing to be a people deosn’t make you one being one does.

    • droog
      January 7, 2012, 7:43 am

      I’m sure it has been posted before, but the original Israelman by Eli Valley is still the benchmark IMHO:
      http://www.evcomics.com/2008/05/29/israel-man-and-diaspora-boy/
      check it out you won’t be dissappointed

  2. Bill in Maryland
    January 6, 2012, 9:17 am

    Excellent work- the sequel clearly outshines the original!

  3. marc b.
    January 6, 2012, 9:41 am

    yetch. is there a forensic psychopathlogist in the house? or maybe someone with a degree in semiotics? how many oozing phalluses does Capt Israel have to stroke/battle before freud’s head explodes? and i love this line from the original:

    “the people behind BDS hope to undermine israel by first destroying its image! this is a tried-and-true method for destruction of a minority: taint them as subhuman, then punish them!” (schumer uses the exclamation as his default punctuation and bolding as promiscuously as witty uses CAPS.)

    the artiste then spends the next 11 pages portraying critics of israel as fang-dripping snakes. maybe weiss is right, maybe diplomacy isn’t what is needed, but mass, group psychoanalytic projects on depression-era scale.

  4. FreddyV
    January 6, 2012, 10:05 am

    I’m scratching my head over the original.

    Who exactly is that marketed to? It’s more than a little unhinged.

    If Israel has to resort to this, then the battle is clearly lost. It’s like a rat gnawing it’s own foot off. Jeez……….

    • Woody Tanaka
      January 6, 2012, 1:00 pm

      I’m trying to figure out what is wrong with his right foot. Who knows? Maybe he’s the first club-footed superhero.

    • Donald
      January 6, 2012, 1:11 pm

      “Who exactly is that marketed to? It’s more than a little unhinged.”

      Yeah, exactly. I would guess elderly Holocaust survivors would find it bizarre beyond belief, and, well, so would anyone else who wasn’t completely insane. I don’t think the parody is necessary–if I wasn’t told the original is meant seriously I would have thought it was a somewhat harsh over-the-top exaggeration of how some Israel defenders think.

    • MLE
      January 6, 2012, 3:36 pm

      Hebrew schools. I didn’t get something quite like this, but I remember being introduced to these arguments and the terms to use when discussing Israel when I was around 10 or 11. I can see them handing these out during the class.

  5. marc b.
    January 6, 2012, 10:19 am

    mocking the holocaust? we’re mocking a trashy comic book which has distilled 1000s of years of european/ME jewish-gentile relations to 200 words or less, and which equates calls for a boycott of israeli cherry tomatoes and beauty products with the sadistic murder of millions.

    oh, has DB’s comment been disappeared? que sera.

    • dimadok
      January 6, 2012, 10:31 am

      Just a day ago there was an article here about “trivializing the Holocaust” and yes that is exactly what is done by this mockery.

      • marc b.
        January 6, 2012, 10:59 am

        really, dime-a-dock. you have conflated schumer’s comic dreck with judaism? and compare criticism of it to the nazi extermination program? if i were jewish i would find that insulting, reducing my history, my beliefs to the not-so-subliminal psycho-sexual, paranoid rantings of a drawer of comic strips.

  6. irmep
    January 6, 2012, 10:54 am

    Actually, you don’t have to Photoshop many Israel-lobbying cartoons to find them amusing. Sometimes I wish AIPAC would drop the pseudo-intellectualism and go back to publishing what they REALLY think in the Near East Report….

    Arabs as subhumans. Arabs as inherently terrorist, underdeveloped and incapable of making peace. Syria as a powerful puppeteer, pulling strings from behind the scenes…Well, maybe *that* one’s a bit dated now.

    http://irmep.org/ILA/cartoons/default.asp

  7. American
    January 6, 2012, 11:50 am

    Do they actually print and distribute these comics? and to who?
    Or is it just on line?

    • libra
      January 6, 2012, 7:39 pm

      “and to who?”

      Boys of all ages. And so long at it keeps the likes of eee amused under the bedclothes rather than trolling on Mondoweiss I’m not complaining.

  8. irmep
    January 6, 2012, 1:15 pm

    The cartoons appeared in various editions of the Near East Report, which was originally owned by founder Isaiah Kenen, later put under AIPAC’s roof and published by Near East Research, and subsequently spun off to the American Israel Education Foundation (the free travel agency for Congress members looking to vacation in Israel). Fulbright balked at this kind of stuff landing on his desk, free of charge, and sent to all top editors and influencers AIPAC could find, along with the membership base. Why? Because it was subsidized by the Jewish Agency, and many in Congress thought foreign aid was being recycled into US lobbying.

    http://www.irmep.org/ila/JA-AZC/default.asp

    These Near East Report cartoons were originally examined within the context of Israeli funds laundered into US lobbying and publicity in the book “America’s Defense Line” by Grant Smith, with an intro by Philip Weiss.

    http://www.amazon.com/AMERICAS-DEFENSE-LINE-Departments-Government/dp/0976443759/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325873264&sr=8-1

    GFS

  9. Kathleen
    January 6, 2012, 2:27 pm

    What would a Captain Palestinian look like?

  10. Brewer
    January 6, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Too funny.
    With Capt Israel, Elton John, Paul McCartney and John Lydon, victory is assured, preserving Israel’s place as the only Mediocracy in the Muddle East!

  11. Oklahoma farmer
    January 6, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Ooooops… Where’s his package? “He” appears rather deficient in that “area”.

    • Bumblebye
      January 6, 2012, 4:20 pm

      Trust a farmer…………………but who on earth would want to breed from that monstrosity?!

    • marc b.
      January 6, 2012, 5:26 pm

      but okey, he’s wrestling with ‘packages’ on nearly every page of the comic. here he is holding aloft the ‘snake’, straining under its immensity, the serpent’s scaled spermatic cords and testicles dangling behind our hero. then he’s falling back prone, fighting off the ‘serpent’ with all his might, avoiding the penetrating blow of its fangs. now he’s clenching a monstrous ‘fang’ in his fist, held to his mouth, eyes closed. and later, in a fit of real motivation, he’s grabbed two ‘serpents’, held over a globe glowing with the acronym BIG, and … well, you get the picture. i just hope schumer’s mother hasn’t taken any psychology courses at the local community college.

  12. john h
    January 6, 2012, 4:56 pm

    look it in the face and challenge it with facts and IsraelightJesuslight!

    Look no further, me hearties.

    BDS will always rear its ugly head when good people choose evil over good

    That’s why there is BDS, because Zionist people have chosen evil over good.

    so we must be ever vigilant

    And the next time you hear about any kind of boycott against Israel, stand with us!

    That’s because we need your help to take care of the safety and security of the only Jewish country in the world

    If therefore the light in you is darkness, how deep is that darkness. Jesus of Nazareth

  13. Denis
    January 7, 2012, 12:10 am

    Yuk, yuk . . . yeah this SWU stuff really is funny for us adults. It’s the kind of stuff that would make Goebbels smile.

    I like the way it was characterized over at logophere: “pedo-propaganda.”

    That implies how sick Stand With Us really is.

  14. Phil Wylie
    September 16, 2014, 6:20 am

    The serpent brings to mind an infamous cartoon in the noxious Nazi anti-Semitic rag Die Sturmer…

    Guess it’s a case of: he who fights against dragons too long becomes a dragon himself.

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