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Has the American Jewish Left Gone Bonkers or Is It only Rob Eshman?

I knew Abbie Hoffman, and you're nothing like him.

On Friday, October 11, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal ran the above cartoon, comparing the Tea Party to Islamic jihadists. It's not only a violation of good taste, and, much worse, originality. It also depicts a complete failure to recognize a true Capitalistic revolution.

On Friday, October 11, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal ran the above cartoon, comparing the Tea Party to Islamic jihadists. It's not only a violation of good taste, and, much worse, originality. It also depicts a complete failure to recognize a true Capitalistic revolution.
Photo Credit: Sent in by "Truth Revolt"

There’s nothing I hate more than the shame-on-you school of journalism. When I receive email from the right or the left about how this and that so and so just said such and such, how could he/she, they should be fired, on the spot, their children should be hauled out of school, their dog should be sent to the pound – whenever my email program is soiled by that garbage, I delete. It’s not for me.

I’m saying this because the cartoon you see on top, which was run by the Los Angeles Jewish Journal last Friday, was forwarded to me by something called “Truth Revolt” with the following message:

On Friday, October 11, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, which is handed out free to virtually every synagogue in the city of Los Angeles and which has a circulation of 50,000 copies and 150,000 weekly readers, ran the following cartoon, comparing the Tea Party to Islamic jihadists.

The Journal has both readers and advertisers acutely attuned to the needs of victims of Islamist terror. For the Journal to run such a cartoon comparing Tea Partiers, who simply want less government spending, to Islamist terrorists who murder babies in pizza parlors, is despicable.

Email editor Rob Eshman at [email was enclosed] to express your displeasure.

I’ve no idea how many have gone ahead and emailed Eshman expressions of their displeasure. It’s a legitimate thing, we at the JPress online have a variety of feedback functions, too. Some of you have been truly insightful with your comments, others we had to ban for repeated use of inappropriate language, some of those we banned claim to have launched several minor jihads that did not end up involving any virgins, thank God.

I feel the obligation to express my deep reluctance at the task of doing the shame-on-you which I’m about to perform. But here I go:

Rob Eshman, publisher and editor-in-chief of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal, you really ran that cartoon?

After we, Democrats, have been complaining for three straight decades that our representative institutions are dead, that they betray the voters, day in and day out, that they are the running dogs of the robber barons, that they watch, paralyzed, as America’s wealth, both real and potential, is being stolen and replanted in South East Asia – after all those decades of waiting for politicians with a backbone who would stand up to the powers that be, even if the experts and the bankers and all the planetary media say they’re the devil himself – when those radicals, God bless them, dare look the president and their own feeble bosses in the eye and say a big, resounding No – you ridicule them as suicide bombers?

Did you expect them to look and act like Abbie Hoffman? Do you look and act like Abbie Hoffman? I knew Abbie Hoffman, and you’re nothing like him, but that’s just my little name dropping thing, ignore it.

I wonder why someone of your smarts and ability to think outside the box would fail so sadly to recognize a political revolution when one finally shows up.

Are you so worried about your bank account and your bonds, that you can’t see that the very Capitalistic system is being challenged from within, by its own true believers? That the Tea Party may be crazy and Jesus jumpy, but it’s refusing to betray the people who sent them to Washington – when was the last time your congress member stood up to power?

I couldn’t care less about the comparison between the Tea party and the suicide bomber, even though it’s such an old idea, Aaron Sorkin already used it in the first season, not this one, but last year’s, of “Newsroom,” when the Jeff Daniels character calls them the American Taliban. So you ran a much-used joke to depict an authentic act of democratic rebellion as the wholesale murder of innocents.

In the words of Abbie Hoffman (my acquaintance): Rob Eshman, you’re giving hypocrisy a bad name.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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15 Responses to “Has the American Jewish Left Gone Bonkers or Is It only Rob Eshman?”

  1. We got many sick people among us

  2. We got many sick people among us

  3. Anonymous says:

    This cartoon will fuel more anti-Semitic debate.

  4. Paul Jeser says:

    Jewish Journal editor Rob Eshman has released a statement stating, “we are especially sensitive to the impression many have that the cartoon somehow trivializes the horrific, real suffering wrought by Islamic terrorists. That is clearly not Greenberg’s intention – and I offer my apology to anyone who sees the cartoon exclusively in that light.”

  5. Paul Jeser says:

    Jewish Journal editor Rob Eshman has released a statement stating, “we are especially sensitive to the impression many have that the cartoon somehow trivializes the horrific, real suffering wrought by Islamic terrorists. That is clearly not Greenberg’s intention – and I offer my apology to anyone who sees the cartoon exclusively in that light.”

  6. Dan Silagi says:

    Eshman actually nailed it, Yori. The Tea Party is a bunch of seditious extortionists who belong behind bars at Gitmo, not the U.S. Congress.

    As for your acquaintance Abbie Hoffman, it's time for the two of you to get re-acquainted.

  7. Dan Silagi says:

    Eshman actually nailed it, Yori. The Tea Party is a bunch of seditious extortionists who belong behind bars at Gitmo, not the U.S. Congress.

    As for your acquaintance Abbie Hoffman, it's time for the two of you to get re-acquainted.

  8. Secular Judaism is a curse brought to us when the Russians would kidnap young Jewish boys for their army, returning them (if they survived) after 25 years of military service…having missed their best years at home learning and studying about who we are and what we, all Jews, are doing here. Shameful name calling from those who claim to be our own is disrespectful to every Jew…and everyone else as well!

  9. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Actually, you're the one who's bonkers. American Jews, even right-wing ones like Jennifer Rubin, pretty much agree with this assessment (she's calling for these teahadists to be taken out in the Republican primary [won't happen because GOP primary voters are also bonkers])

  10. The article is dead on and Dan Silagi is a talking pointer. Nothing new there. Insults and diatribe.

  11. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Oh, you were a 60's/70's radical? That explains a lot …

  12. Dan Silagi says:

    Over the years I've voted for more Republicans than Democrats, including Reagan, both times. You don't know what the hell you're talking about. These fools are more akin to the black-cloaked fools who broke windows in Seattle a couple years ago to protest "globalization" than to Reagan and the two Bushes.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Same old business as usual for self-hating liberal, misguided Southern California Jews. Thank G-d for the Tea Party! Too bad the mainstream GOP doesn't wake up and eliminate the need for having a Tea Party by going back to their true roots and values.

  14. Foodaism says:

    Hi Yori.  My response to your column is at:
    http://www.jewishjournal.com/bloggish/item/reactions_to_the_greenberg_tea_party_lampoon
    Hope all is well….

  15. Lots of adjectives, zero information, zero evidence. F

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