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Cartoon Rehab: The Cleansing Power of Baseball


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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).

As soon as I started thinking Baseball, I went looking for helmets online, and the best fitting one had a nice Red Sox “B” on it – and then one thing led to another.

As usual, I would welcome different solutions, but for now, I believe this toon is ready to start its 90 meetings in 90 days at the nearest ASA (Anti-Semitic Anonymous) room.

Before: Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Akhbar Al-Arab, a UAE Paper, November 18, 2008, on "The Dialogue Between Judaism And Islam." The cartoonist is Aamer Al-Zo'abi.

Before: Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Akhbar Al-Arab, a UAE Paper, November 18, 2008, on "The Dialogue Between Judaism And Islam." The cartoonist is Aamer Al-Zo'abi.

Source: MEMRI

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Welcome to the Jewish Press Online Cartoon Rehabilitation Project (JPOCRP), or, in short (suggested by our colleague Rafi Harkham) Cartoon Rehab.

We collect the most obscene, terrifying, anti-Semitic cartoons from the Arab world, and make them nice. It’s a harsh process, requiring long sessions of Photoshop treatment and a minimum of 90 meetings in 90 days at Antisemitic Anonymous, but in the end it is well worth the effort. Cartoons come in with the obvious effects of the Antisemitism scourge, unshaven, bleary eyed, fangs exposed, noses hooked, and they come out clean and fluffy.

Please send us your own Photoshop efforts in rehabilitating Arab cartoons. We’ll publish those we deem appropriate enough (don’t worry, our standards are not so high). You can also send us wayward cartoons you found lurking online – as long as they come from the Arab world.

We have a special interest in beautifying this region which has so long been suffering from rampant addiction to Antisemitism. Help us do our little bit for Tikun Olam.

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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