web analytics
April 21, 2015 / 2 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


New Yorker Cartoonist, Liza Donnelly Brings Cartoon World to Israel

Liza Donnelly speaking at the American Center in Jerusalem

Liza Donnelly speaking at the American Center in Jerusalem
Photo Credit: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Liza Donnelly, known for her cartoon work in The New Yorker, is one of the few women in the world who has been able to make a living as a political caricaturist. On a recent visit to Israel as a cultural envoy of the US State Department, Donnelly met with local cartoonists and members of the public to discuss the impact of her work and that of other female cartoonists.

“All cartoonists are linked together in the world—it’s our language, one we can communicate in,” Donnelly told an audience at the American Center in Jerusalem, a wing of the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday, August 12.

Donnelly began to draw cartoons as a child, living in Washington DC. “I was shy and didn’t like using words growing up. Drawing was a way of expressing myself and making people around me laugh,” she said.

“It was actually an Israeli cartoonist, Nurit Karlin, who made me think that I could draw for The New Yorker. I saw her work published in the magazine in the early 1970s—she was the only woman working as a cartoonist at The New Yorker at the time,” Donnelly explained.

In the past 30 years of her career, Donnelly’s cartoons have been regularly published in The New Yorker and offer social commentary on a variety of topics from politics and society norms to love, family and marriage–often times in a humorous light. She has spoken at TED Talks and The United Nations and her work has appeared in the New York Times, CNN.com, Harvard Business Review, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, The Nation and many other national American publications.

In an exclusive interview with Tazpit News Agency, Donnelly described her visit to Israel as “different from what I expected.”

“I love it here,” she said smiling. “I love how Israelis love the news and how passionate and open they are to discussion. I feel very welcomed here as a non-Jew.”

“Israelis give the impression that they are prickly on the outside and soft on the inside and I relate to that. I’m a realist but yet an idealist and I feel that among the people I meet here,” said Donnelly.

During Donnelly’s talk, she explained how difficult it was for her draw after September 11. “I had a lot of trouble drawing cartoons after 9/11,” she said.

“One thing that I was surprised by was the ability of Israelis to move on. There’s so much conflict here so I expected much more serious, reserved people, but there’s always humor and laughter in conversations,” she said.

During her visit, Donnelly also met with Israeli and Palestinian cartoonists. “The reality is much more complicated than I expected, especially in Jerusalem in regard to how everyone lives together,” added Donnelly.

“I’m not a politician or a political expert, but I believe that there are many ways to look at peace,” she said.

During her talk, Donnelly showed a number of different cartoons she had drawn over the years as well as cartoons by other women from around the world. “Social media is allowing women’s art to reach more and more people, especially from countries like Iran and China.”

Donnelly introduced the audience to a number of female cartoonists and their political work from a several countries including Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.  “The Internet removes cultural and physical barriers and we need to read cartoons from around the world in order to understand what is going on,” stated Donnelly.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “New Yorker Cartoonist, Liza Donnelly Brings Cartoon World to Israel”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Amb. Thomas Pickering testified before the  House Armed Services Committee,  about Iran's nuclear program on June 19, 2014.
Brandeis Commencement Speaker Leads Iran Cheerleader Squad
Latest News Stories
Amb. Thomas Pickering testified before the  House Armed Services Committee,  about Iran's nuclear program on June 19, 2014.

Forget about Israel, doesn’t Brandeis care about Iran’s abysmal human rights record?

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming towards the Yemeni coast to intercept Iranian ships believed to be supplying the Houthi rebels. April 20, 2015.

As Iran may be re-supplying the Houthis, US warships steam towards Yemen.

A Jewish man with a Russian accent stabbed an Arab worker Monday in Herzliya, next to Tel Aviv, while yelling “Death to Arabs,” police said. The attacker confessed that he intentionally targeted an Arab. The victim suffered light wounds in his shoulder, was treated on the scene and hospitalized. The assailant is a resident of […]

Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems deployed in a military exercise.

if Iran tries to move a Russian s-300 antimissile system to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel will make sure it doesn’t get there.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Monday. “Rabbi Lichtenstein’s knowledge found expression in his literary works. He served generations of students,” said the Prime Minister. He added, “When I gave him the Israel Prize a year ago, I saw before my eyes a great rabbi, teacher and […]

“Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective.”

Saudi Arabia has posted an alert of a possible terror attack on Aramco’s oil facilities and malls in the capital of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported Monday morning. “We have informed security forces to be on alert and to take any necessary security procedures [against] a possible terrorist attack attempt,” spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told the […]

President Reuven Rivlin granted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two more weeks Monday morning to form a new government coalition after negotiations with different t parties have not produced a positive result. Rivlin really had no other choice. He would like to see a national unity government with the Likud and the Zionist Union, the euphemism […]

He followed and spread the teachings of his late father-in-law, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

An Egyptian court has sentenced an Egyptian man and two Israeli citizens to life in prison for allegedly spying for Israel. The Israeli citizens were sentenced in absentia, and are unlikely to travel to Egypt to serve their sentences. The Egyptian man, Salama Muhammed Saliman, was convicted of giving the two Israelis information regarding both […]

Netanyahu met with children of parents who lost their lives in service to the State of Israel.

Bennett drew his red line on Twitter, but don’t worry. There is a Jewish solution.

Former chief Rome Rabbi Elio Toaff died on Sunday the age of 99, two weeks before what was supposed to be his 100th birthday. He served as chief rabbi of the city for 51 years until 2002 after having served as the chief rabbi of Venice. Rabbi Toaf once prayed with Pope John Paul II, […]

The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman. Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and […]

Israeli workers making a flags of Israel at the Berman’s Flags and Embroidery factory in Jerusalem on April 19, 2015, prior to the Israel 67th Independence day.

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting with Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, during a ceremony to sell the chametz of the state of Israel to Arab Israelis before the upcoming Passover holiday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in the ceremony to sell the State of Israel’s chametz to Abu Ghosh resident Hussein Jabar.

20th Knesset Opening Session

The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony.

Israel’s Government Building Becomes ‘Greenest Parliament’ in the World

With one week to go before Passover, 110 new Ukrainian immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday morning, March 24. The majority of newcomers are refugees who fled the fighting zones in the eastern part of the Ukraine including the husband of a woman killed by a direct rock hit that slammed into their house in […]

While the antisemites celebrate “Israel Apartheid Week”, a local survey found that 65% of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

The employees of Israel’s Knesset are also completing preparations as they bid farewell to those Knesset Members leaving and welcome new members to Israel’s parliament building.

Wein’s artwork depicting his journey to recovery recently won first place in a unique art competition.

How the volume made its way from a 17th-century Frankfurt printing press to finding its twin in Haifa is a fascinating story.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-yorker-cartoonist-liza-donnelly-brings-cartoon-world-to-israel/2012/08/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: