American’s cartoon on Israeli site shows Netanyahu cannibalizing Obama and compelling him to service him sexually

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A lot of people are talking about Eli Valley’s cartoon called “The Hater in the Sky” that is up at +972. It is an imagined encounter between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama as astronauts in space, and at its climax Netanyahu demands sex from a submissive Obama and eats his limbs too, he says in order to survive– even as the PM is cheered on by earthlings Eric Cantor, Eli Lake, Alan Dershowitz, Jen Rubin, Mitt Romney et al.

I gather some Israel supporters are het up about the cartoon. I am waiting for the blood-libel press release any minute from the ADL.

Well guess what, this is actually all that can save the American Jewish community: fierce debate about the Zionist captivity. That means angry, inspired portraiture. Do you remember Roy Cohn in Angels in America? Tony Kushner helped change America. Sexual metaphor is a satirist’s tool. And we need all the tools we can to to dramatize the disgrace that the Israel lobby has made of Obama. (And what does it mean that this cartoon is published in Israel, not the U.S.?)

Oh, here’s Foxman:

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.

24 Responses

  1. PeaceThroughJustice
    May 16, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Here’s one of my favorites from Eli Valley. (I probably should have linked this during that long discussion of Phil’s dinner with Shmully.)
    link to forward.com

  2. Terryscott
    May 16, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Grow up, Philip.

    • seanmcbride
      May 16, 2012, 1:05 pm

      Terryscott,

      You wrote:

      “Grow up, Philip.”

      This is the level of thinking, analysis and argument that one sees from far too many pro-Israel activists. And this is why the smart money is betting against the success of the enterprise they represent. They are unable to account for their beliefs and policies.

      Would you invest in a company which presented this kind of face to the world?

      If pro-Israel activists stood on firm ground they would be able to rip through forums like Mondoweiss with the greatest of ease, based on their superior understanding of how the world works. They would make a persuasive case that wins reasonable people to their side. But it’s not happening.

    • Mooser
      May 16, 2012, 2:02 pm

      “Grow up, Philip.”

      Yeah, Phil! At least go and start a lively and influential blog, like a mensch!

      BTW, which one is Terry, and which one Scott?

      • Bumblebye
        May 16, 2012, 2:19 pm

        There’s no daylight between ‘em, Mooser. Their interests are one and the same.

      • marc b.
        May 16, 2012, 2:29 pm

        which one is Terry, and which one Scott?

        what’s the difference? i like both of their towels. useful after a birthright handjob i hear.

        Grow up, Philip.

        wtf are you talking about, junior? ‘philip’ isn’t complaining about anything. it’s the selectively thin-skinned foxman who’s whinging on about the cartoon.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    May 16, 2012, 1:13 pm

    “‘Its offensive and obnoxious and crosses the line,’ Foxman said….”

    Said the bigot who opposed the Park51 Community Center because they had the audacity to be Muslim and not be shamed by bigots like fat Abe and Pam Gellar.

  4. Dan Crowther
    May 16, 2012, 1:22 pm

    What’s really funny is that this is how Obama wants this relationship portrayed, perhaps not this gratuitously, but politically he has to be seen as “taking it” from Bibi – at least thats why I laughed

  5. optimax
    May 16, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Who will be the first to cry blood libel?

  6. American
    May 16, 2012, 3:02 pm

    It is sort of out there ….but only sickening because it’s so accurate about OBUSA- NettieIsr.
    Frankly though I think it’s great…..the situation needs to be portrayed by showing it as sick and disgusting as it really is.

    Ridicule is a great tool.

  7. MarkF
    May 16, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Since I’m a “topper”, I think seeing Bibi smoking a cig after the “act” would add a nice touch.

    • AllenBee
      May 16, 2012, 5:06 pm

      I’m not positive but my impression is that this would speak more to an Israeli or maybe American Jewish audience than to Obama supporters in the U.S. I especially don’t think conservative Black Americans — who generally seek to support Obama — will find anything in this cartoon but offensiveness — the demeaning of the First Black President.

      imo ridiculing Netanyahu in every way possible is the way to go. Make him the scapegoat extraordinaire. Make Israelis think that Bibi is , or will be, the cause of reducing Israel to pariah status.

      • Carowhat
        May 16, 2012, 8:50 pm

        Obama ran for president as a “post racial candidate” but the instant he was elected he was the “first black president.” Why wasn’t he the first “post racial president?”

  8. Tuyzentfloot
    May 16, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Eli Valley just keeps hanging on, even if he is having to resort to rather desperate measures.
    I recall his Israel Man and Diaspora Boy and the reaction to it Captain Israel.
    This is definitely an assault on the very essence of Valley’s profession. It is a determined effort to make parody impossible. Each time Valley tries to create a parody, his nemesis will ripost with something more outrageous, with the message “That’s not parody, it’s a weak imitation of reality! Get yourself a job kid”.
    Barry’s not going to sleep tonight.

  9. Les
    May 16, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I shared the spectacular cartoon with the question, what American media outlet would print this cartoon from an Isaeli site? It is wildly outrageous as it confronts the reality we know all to well as propagated by our media and their servile politicians. Philip, this is what makes your site the treasure that it is.

  10. sciri21
    May 16, 2012, 4:29 pm

    I agree with the view of U.S.-Israel relations depicted by the cartoon. The only part I disapprove of is the sexual part. But I’m glad Foxman is offended by it. That shows that the cartoon is generally useful.

  11. radii
    May 16, 2012, 4:38 pm

    the zio lobby so fiercely fights to control perception and debate in this country because we are their meal-ticket and useful fool – in israel they are all in on the game and can have open discussion, debate, and take really outrageous cartoons and such because they are safely over there and have widespread groupthink … the zionists and israel-loyalists here feel more vulnerable having to defend the outrages of israel so, yes, this kind of cartoon makes them uncomfortable

  12. Annie Robbins
    May 16, 2012, 4:58 pm

    i looove this cartoon. but i have to ask…if this was drawn by an unknown nonjew and posted originally on mondoweiss instead of the jewish daily forward the push back would be enormous, in a helen thomas sort of way.

    it’s a great cartoon tho. love the republican’s caricatures.

  13. Kathleen
    May 16, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Foxman “it crosses the line” Israel keeps crossing the line and that is the biggest problem of all. The cartoon shows it like it is

  14. dimadok
    May 17, 2012, 11:23 am

    Awesome stuff-it surely beats the cover of Time!!!!!
    link to globalspin.blogs.time.com

    The joke is on you, Phillip, and your followers.

  15. kma
    May 17, 2012, 11:46 pm

    how can anyone be offended by the cartoon of the words we are force-fed every day? “there is no daylight between us”, “no closer friend”, “the close relationship”…
    if everyone is already thinking of the picture EVERY TIME they say these things, why does it take so long for someone to draw it?
    and while you’re at it, the “standing ovations” sounded like “standing erections” to me.

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