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Monday, February 20, 2006

Cartoon contest has me ROTFLMAO

But maybe you're not going to find it so funny. In response to the rioting and violence from the entire Muslim population over the publishing of a supposed anti-Islamic cartoon by a newspaper in Denmark, an Israeli cartoon publishing company has started the Israeli Anti-Semetic Cartoon Contest. This contest is for Jews entrants only.
Amitai Sandy says "the Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoons Contest is a response to an Iranian newspaper's competition for cartoons on the Holocaust...We’ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!” said Amitai Sandy, graphic artist and publisher of Dimona Comix Publishing “No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!
If we can't laugh at ourselves, we sure don't want anyone else to laugh at our expense appears to be the reasoning. Warning, the cartoons can be offensive. They are also funny as hell. I am not sure that they're for everyone, but give the contest a try. I think it's good to look at another culture's humor in the face of adversity. But overall they're funny. Offensive, but funny. One in particular had me choking with laughter. I can't wait to see all the entries as they come in.

Sandy goes on to say, " Many have expressed the concern that the cartoons we published here will be used out of context by real anti-semites to spread further hate against us. To this I say: Anti semites will always find excuses for hatred, with or without our help. We’ve been accused for everything from 9/11 to hurricane Katrina, the killing of Jusus and the original sin. In my opinion, the only solution for racism is good education - education for thought and for doubt - so that people think twice before they accept everything they watch on TV or read in the newspaper or hear from their leaders or rabbies as truth from heaven. Just think twice!

Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air interviewed Sandy on Feb 16th about the contest. You can find the interview on the NPR website.

This is one example from the entries received. This cartoon is by Daniel Higgins of London, UK.
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Blogger California Highway Guy - Daniel said...

Unfortunately, according to Dr. Deborah Lipstadt's blog (which is well worth reading), the contest is being used in the wrong way by others. She had offered to be a judge, but is now withdrawing, noting:

When I first learned of the Isralie cartoon contest I saw it as a ironic or sardonic [never sure which is which] way of responding to the absurdly antisemitic Iranian contest.

Things however have become more serious with Arab and Muslim news outlets announcing their intention to run the cartoons.

I thought of the whole thing as a spoof. I was wrong.

It reminded me of the joke from Nazi times. One Berlin Jew meets another. He is carrying Der Sturmer. The first Jew is shocked.

"You read that Nazi antisemitic paper??!!"

"Of course. If I read the Jewish press I only see all the trouble we are in and the horrible things happening to us. If I read Der Sturmer I see how powerful we are. How we run the world. What strength we have."

So I thought of this. But I was wrong. This is being used by others for wrong purposes. I urge the organizers to cancel the contest.

21/2/06 7:44 AM  

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