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Cartoon Rehab: The Cleansing Power of Baseball

The trick with this nasty but very well drawn cartoon, in which the Jews are depicted as a creature reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver's Alien, speaking to a wise, old Muslim sage, was to remove both religious symbols. Once those were out of the way, it became a cute setup for some sort of vaudeville-style sketch ("Who's on first" comes to mind).

Poles Unhappy with Obama’s Retraction, as Entire Polish Economy Is at Stake

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded a more "explicit reaction" to Obama's "Polish death camp" comment. Poland fears being sued for billions of dollars worth of property appropriated from Jews.

US Pediatric Doctor Favors Female Circumcision

Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), has recently published a 41-page Arabic-language paper titled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine," explaining why female circumcision is recommended and even "an honor" for women.

Video: In Role Reversal, McCain Critical of Obama’s ‘in Your Face’ on Pakistan

What's wrong with this picture? Why didn't anybody tell me Sen. John McCain has joined the left wing of the Democratic party?

Moroccan Ghosts Hacked Reform Congregation Websites

Not meaning to sound callused about the suffering of fellow Jews, but the cure for this could be simple...

How I Lost My Liberal View of Reform Jews and Started to Fear Them

When I began covering the Women of the Wall, the flagship of the Reform insurgency in Israel, my initial take was sympathetic.

Arafat’s Ninth Life Was Clipped by Poison

Man, that really unpleasant looking man had the force of life in him. Remember how many times he almost died?

Matzel Toff? Really?

Punning might be the most annoying form of art save for mime (a punning mime, now that would be hateful). Check out the Monday NY Post (a paper known for outrageous punning, not enough mime) for verification. They claim that an outfit named Urban Nosh, which got its start making Matzel Toff, a chocolate-covered matzah, is adding a new, year-round version of the same dubious treat, called Matzel Bits, and are also conspiring to launch yet another new product, called Holy Macaroons. Help…?

Cartoon Rehab: For Whom the iBell Tolls

This July 2, 2011 cartoon, by Ad-Dustur, was headlined: "Apple Bows to Israeli Pressure and Removes the Palestinian Intifada Website." The argument against Apple wasn't so outrageous, free speech and all, but the choice to go with a Jew (further identified by the star of David on the hat) was just unnecessarily nasty.

November Bout in NJ: ‘True Arab’ Pascrell Vs. ‘America’s Rabbi’ Boteach

Bill Pascrell, the "Arab" candidate, won the Democratic primary for NJ's 9th district. In the other corner, meet "America's Rabbi," Shmuely Boteach, the Republican candidate.

Video: ‘Former Hasidic Jews Reveal Hidden World’ on NBC

The fun part is that they're still stuck with their heavy, Jewish accent.

Paid for by Charles Bronfman, ‘Jewish Stars’ Attack Pro-Settlement Report

They wrote flippantly: "Securing Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state requires diplomatic and political leadership, not legal maneuverings." Legal rights be damned, then?

Too ‘Hot’ for Comfort, Temp Sues Orthodox Bosses in Failure to Communicate

The owners of Native Intimates are Orthodox Jews. That by itself is not exactly shocking, since Jews of all stripes have been running New York's garment industry since the early 20th century. What's unique about this particular outfit is their poor choice in letting go a female temp at their warehouse because she looked and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.

Jewish State from River to Sea a Better Place for Arabs

Remember what Albert Einstein said about the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

Barring a Miracle, No Need to Change the White House Curtains

Every educated American has had to explain to a foreigner, at one point or another, our election system, or, more specifically, the Electoral College.

Antisemitism Is Rampant in Europe, Pass the Matzo

Have we become desensitized to the signs of an approaching holocaust?

‘Paul Ryan Will Not Be Mitt Romney’s Running Mate’

This is too delicious for words. On Friday, Bruce Bartlett of the Fiscal Times published a column under this very headline. It should obviously be filed under the "Dewey Beats Truman" category.

Cartoon Rehab: Fixing the Crucifix

This cartoon, by Syrian artist Tishrin, was published September 22, 2011, and, to be fair, as anti-Israeli cartoons go it is relatively tame. But I was delighted by the opportunity to turn Tishrin's clever (albeit kinda trite) use of the letter T as cross, into the letter T as clothesline.

Really Scary Pep Talk on How to Have a Safe Trip Abroad, Courtesy of...

The world is not a safe place, is the bottom line of what our State Dept. wants you to know. But if you insist—heaven knows why—on leaving your safe bedroom and risk setting foot in one of those awful places you hear about in the news, there's a lot you need to know. Travelers can become victims of crime and violence, or experience unexpected difficulties, says the special page titled "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the DOS website.

Lubavitch Replicate Another Major Edifice

After moving the Rebbe's home at 770 Eastern Parkway to Israel, Lubavitch now moves the Kotel to America. My advice to you is, fasten the bolts and beams in your house, or one morning you'll wake up to discover Lubavitch has moved you to a new continent…

I Want to have Your Baby, Sarah Silverman

Let's talk about motherhood and babies, and why some young girls start planning their weddings at age 7 and have the albums to show for it.

Cartoon Rehab: Oh, Go Ahead, Surrender, You Know You Want To…

Welcome to the Jewish Press Online Cartoon Rehabilitation Project (JPOCRP), or, in short (suggested by our colleague Rafi Harkham) Cartoon Rehab. We found this cartoon on the ADL website. They say it was originally published in Oman, April 12, 2012, and the original text, written in blood, says: "We Will Never Surrender."

Arab Antisemites Attack Haredim in Jerusalem (Video)

The part where they steal one of the guys' black hat is particularly Kishiniev.

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