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Renowned cartoonists and illustrators call on International Festival of Comics to drop association with SodaStream

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The following press release was sent out this morning:

Sacco, Siné, Katchor, Kerbaj, Coe, Drooker, Kuper, Madden, Tobocman, among dozens of others, protest sponsorship by Israeli settlement manufacturer

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014– Over forty cartoonists and illustrators from a dozen countries around the world released an open letter today to Franck Bondoux, director of the International Festival of Comics at Angoulême, asking the festival to drop its relationship with the Israeli drink manufacturer SodaStream. Among those signing the letter were French cartoonists Siné, Baudoin, Carali, and Chimulus, Americans Joe Sacco, Eric Drooker, Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Matt Madden, Seth Tobocman and Sue Coe, as well as Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh, Lebanese Mazen Kerbaj, Sudanese Khalid Albaih, Tunisian Willis From Tunis, Israeli Amitai Sandy, Brazilian Carlos Latuff, Spanish Elchicotriste, Italian Gianluca Costantini, and many more.

Cartoon by Mohammad Saba’aneh who was detained by Israel in February 2013.

Cartoon by Mohammad Saba’aneh who was detained by Israel in February 2013.

The letter comes as SodaStream increasingly is targeted by an international boycott due to the presence of its primary factory in the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. The day before, headlines were made when actress Scarlett Johansson ended her seven-year relationship with the charity OxFam over disagreements stemming from her role as a paid spokesperson for SodaStream.

The Angoulême International Comics Festival is the largest in Europe, and the second-largest in the world. The announcement that it would be sponsored this year by SodaStream drew immediate condemnation from French activists.

The full text of the letter and list of signatories follows:

Lettre ouverte à / Open letter to:

Monsieur Franck Bondoux
Direction du Festival international de la bande dessinée
71 rue Hergé
16000 Angoulême

Nous, dessinatrices et dessinateurs de tous les pays, sommes surpris, déçus et en colère de découvrir que SodaStream est un sponsor officiel du Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême.

Comme vous le savez sûrement, SodaStream est la cible d’un appel international au boycott, pour sa contribution à la colonisation de terres palestiniennes, avec son usine dans la colonie illégal de Ma’ale Adumim, son exploitation de travailleurs palestiniens, et son vol de ressources palestiniennes, en violation du droit international et des droits humains.

Angoulême a joué un rôle important dans la prise en compte de la bande dessinée comme une forme d’art depuis 40 ans. Il serait triste que SodaStream profite de ce festival pour essayer d’effacer ses crimes.

Nous vous demandons de couper tous les liens entre le Festival et cette entreprise honteuse.



We, cartoonists and illustrators from all countries, are surprised, disappointed and angry to find out that SodaStream is an official sponsor of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

As you must know, SodaStream is the target of an international boycott call for its contribution to the colonization of Palestinian land, due to its factory in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, its exploitation of Palestinian workers, and its theft of Palestinian resources, in violation of international law and contravening international principles of human rights.

Angoulême has had an important role in the appreciation of comics as an art form for over 40 years. It would be sad if SodaStream were able to use this event to whitewash their crimes.

We ask you to cut all ties between the Festival and this shameful company.


Khalid Albaih (Sudan)
Leila Abdelrazaq (USA)
Avoine (France)
Edd Baldry (UK/France)
Edmond Baudoin (France)
Steve Brodner (USA)
Berth (France)
Susie Cagle (USA)
Jennifer Camper (USA)
Carali (France)
Chimulus (France)
Jean-Luc Coudray (France)
Philippe Coudray (France)
Marguerite Dabaie (USA)
Eric Drooker (USA)
Elchicotriste (Spain)
Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz (USA)
Ethan Heitner (USA)
Paula Hewitt Amram (USA)
Hatem Imam (Lebanon)
Jiho (France)
Ben Katchor (USA)
Mazen Kerbaj (Lebanon)
Lolo Krokaga (France)
Nat Krokaga (France)
Peter Kuper (USA)
Carlos Latuff (Brazil)
Lasserpe (France)
Lerouge (France)
Matt Madden (USA/France)
Mric (France)
Barrack Rima (Lebanon/Belgium)
James Romberger (USA)
Puig Rosado (France)
Mohammad Saba’aneh (Palestine)
Joe Sacco (USA)
Malik Sajad (Kashmir)
Amitai Sandy (Israel)
Siné (France)
Seth Tobocman (USA)
Eli Valley (USA)
Willis From Tunis (Tunisie/France)
Jordan Worley (USA)

Si vous êtes dessinateur et que vous voulez vous associer à cette lettre ouverte, merci d’écrire à: [email protected]

If you are a cartoonist and you want to endorse this open letter, please write to: [email protected]

Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is Executive Editor of

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15 Responses

  1. pabelmont on January 31, 2014, 10:19 am

    Tres bon!

  2. FreddyV on January 31, 2014, 10:19 am

    Love the cartoon of the dominoes being pushed over…

  3. just on January 31, 2014, 10:27 am

    Bravo! Looking forward to many more endorsements.

    (that cartoon by Mohammad Saba’aneh is stunning.)

  4. seafoid on January 31, 2014, 10:42 am

    “A Jewish student union petitioned a French court to order the removal of a YouTube video in which an anti-Semitic comedian celebrates the quasi-Nazi salute he invented.
    The petition filed this week with the Paris Court of Grands Instances by the Union of Jewish Students of France, or UEJF, concerns a video posted December 31 by Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a stand-up artist with seven convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, in which he declares that 2014 will be “the year of the quenelle.”
    The quenelle is the name Dieudonne invented for folding an arm over one’s chest while pointing downward with the other arm. France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, said on Dec. 31 that the gesture was an “salute of anti-Semitic hatred.” Some practitioners of the salute say its meaning is simply anti-establishment.”

    • wondering jew on January 31, 2014, 11:51 am

      In the American tradition of free speech I am opposed to limitations (as a rule) and do not feel that Youtube should take down the Nazi salute or alleged quasi-Nazi salute.

      How are we to determine what one means when one gives this salute? What did Dieudonne M’bala M’bala mean by this salute and does his original meaning taint all saluters from that day forth?

      When I see photos of the salute in front of an Anne Frank poster and the smirk on the saluters’ faces, I feel righteous in my opposition to these saluters and even if their skin is brown and their intentions are oriented towards Zionism and rich Jews, their salute is a smirk in favor of throwing children into a pit of fire and anyone who does not see the barbarism of such a smirk seems blind to me.

      • Woody Tanaka on January 31, 2014, 1:11 pm

        “their salute is a smirk in favor of throwing children into a pit of fire”

        You admit that you don’t know what people mean by the gesture, yet you are convinced that the goof balls who take pictures doing the gesture are in favor of tossing children into a pit of fire????

        Are you mad, yonah?

      • Talkback on February 1, 2014, 7:39 am

        How are we to determine what one means when one gives this salute?

        By watching Youtube:

  5. seafoid on January 31, 2014, 10:42 am

    I’d like to see the great American cartoonists- Rall, Singer, Bors, Tom Tomorrow, Toles, Matson, Wuerker, Bolling etc do to Zionism what they can do effortlessly to the GOP.

    • just on January 31, 2014, 10:55 am

      That would be marvelous– there’s so much material there, it could keep them busy 24/7. I’d love to see Garry Trudeau take a swing at it, too.

      And Jib/Jab.

      • seafoid on January 31, 2014, 11:33 am


        do you know the Funny Times?

        It’s fantastic. Some of the political stuff is timeless.

      • just on January 31, 2014, 11:43 am

        I do now! Many thanks, seafoid. I do need to laugh more……..

      • seafoid on January 31, 2014, 1:12 pm

        Get a sub if you can.

    • puppies on February 2, 2014, 3:34 am

      Why should they? With a few exceptions they sound like they are “Democrats”, i.e. Zionist stooges.

  6. LanceThruster on January 31, 2014, 2:01 pm

    Hear, hear!

  7. brenda at fol on February 2, 2014, 1:12 am

    Excellent! Now if only the Palestinians had bulldozers so they could do as the Israelis do: oh, sorry, we didn’t issue you a permit for this building….

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