Latest update: December 12th, 2012
This one took the Photoshop equivalent of plastic surgery. The depiction of both the vampire-like Jewish person and the dead child in his arms is so vile, I had to fix every little aspect of the image.
The man required a hair do, new lips, a smaller ear and a thorough nail clipping. The boy received new eyes and a huge, new smile.
I hope you got the joke (boy comes home from tattoo shop). I’m a bit concerned that so far I’ve only been able to turn these toons into innocuous, relatively boring “Family Circus” type drawings. I’d like to be able to go a little crazier with them, and I would appreciate your suggestions.
By the way, the more I get into these cartoons, the more I appreciate the talent of the Arab artists who create them, and wonder how much beauty and fun they could have brought into the world, if they didn’t devote their lives to hating me. It’s a little like those criminal masterminds who could do so well if only they applied their remarkable skills to positive work.
Of course, some criminal masterminds do apply their skills in conventional ways and go work on Wall Street, but that’s an entirely different discussion.
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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