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A Passover lesson: 'And then we were free'

By Eli Valley

Eli Valley Passover cartoon (page 2)

Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Haaretz and elsewhere. Eli is currently finishing his first novel. His website is www.EVComics.com and he tweets at @elivalley.

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    1. Rehmat

      Calling Passover as model for world’s oppressed people is antisemitism. Because, the “fanatical form of Islam” will encourage Muslims in Africa, Middle East and other places to plan for the destruction of Israel – wrote Ethel C. Fenig in American Thinker magazine (April 19, 2011).

      Many historians have challenged the biblical story of Passover. Holy Qur’an does mention that as a child Moses was raised by Pharaoh’s wife Asiya but doesn’t mention ten plagues nor that Israelite carried any open struggle to free themselves from the bondage. It was Moses’s divine-given knowledge which convinced Pharaoh to let Israelite tribes leave his kingdom.

      http://rehmat1.com/2011/04/20/muslim-uprisings-remark-insults-passover/

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    2. Bar

      Nice misleading cartoon.

      85% of African migrants to Israel are men. That’s right, no women or children. Strange, huh? Or not. This is a classic sign of economic migration.

      And statistically? Statistically, Israel has had to absorb far more of these migrants than comparable countries in Europe. For example, Italy has just asked the EU for help to absorb its new spate of African “refugees” because it can’t cope. However, the numbers are comparable to Israel’s absorption – about 60,000 in the past 3 years. Except that Italy has 60 million people and Israel has 8 million; Italy has 116,000 sq. miles and Israel has 8,000 sq. miles of land.

      Have a nice Seder, Eli.

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      • Y-Man

        So Israel is accepting with open arms that paltry 15 percent of African migrants who are women and children, right? Right?

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        • Tzutzik

          Are you still here Y-Man?

          I admire your “noble” intentions to try to get Israelis to be better people. But seeing that the rest of the world is no better than us and often they are even worse, I would have thought you would be more needed where you actually live.

          Physician heal thyself. If you are an Arab living in an Arab country, you need to do a lot more to fix your own country before preaching to us. If you are from Europe, are you going to pretend that you are better than us in your treatment of refugees?

          But you are not Israeli and you are here preaching to us Y-Man. Why? Not because you want to make the world a better place. You are here busily trying to make us look worse than what we are.

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          • William Burns

            And maybe you, Tzutzik, should be trying to make Israel a better place rather than complaining about foreigners on the internet?

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          • Tzutzik

            Foreigners on the internet who complain about us who are not better than us.

            I say to you too. Physician, heal thyself and then come and complain about us.

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          • CharlieBoy

            You can’t simultaneously support deportation of non-Jews to preserve the Jewish majority in Israel and exclude American Jews from the conversation. We may not live there every day or serve in the army, but we are still affected by what happens in Israel. This cartoon perfectly captures what an American Jewish seder is like.

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          • Kolumn9

            We deport illegal migrants, not ‘non-Jews’. As far as I can tell Obama deported 2 million illegals during his 5 years in office, so.. double standard much?

            If you wish to open America’s door to the illegals currently present in Israel we will be happy to send them to you. So, please, open that door and let them into your much bigger and much wealthier house. Or not. But either way, we decide what happens here with all the consequences, not you, so put up or shut up. Move here and vote or tone your arrogant moralizing down a notch. If you want to do ‘tikkun olam’ do it in your own backyard and as American Jews there is plenty of work to be done.

            Given that I already pointed out that there is a double standard here, why would a cartoon by a ‘progressive’ American Jew criticize American Jews for the actions of Israelis rather than criticizing them for, say, the deportations of 2 million illegal migrants under your current president?

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          • CharlieBoy

            Kolumn, I don’t think Obama should be deporting undocumented migrants either. I am active in that area here in the U.S.

            There are more ways to exercise one’s citizenship than voting. As a Jew, though I have never lived permanently in Israel, I have potential citizenship rights and responsibilities (unlike Palestinian refugees who still have titles to their former homes). As an American Jew I have the right and the responsibility to raise political issues at my Seder.

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    3. Tomer

      Illegals are illegal !!!
      What is there to understand?

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      • Y-Man

        Illegal settlements and the illegal occupation are illegal! !!!
        What is there to understand?

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        • Tzutzik

          Occupation has never been illegal.

          Germany and Japan signed unconditional surrender terms after WW2 yet they were occupied for years. Was that illegal?

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          • Philos

            So where’s the Palestinian surrender document or Jordanian surrender document to justify the occupation?

            Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked ‘Oh, you aren’t even ripe yet! I don’t need any sour grapes.’ People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves. – Aesop

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          • Tzutzik

            “So where’s the Palestinian surrender document”

            The Palestinian Arabs don’t want to surrender. They want us to surrender to THEIR terms. That is why the occupation continues. And no sane person claims that it is illegal. Sane people who do oppose it only question whether it is wise. But the response to them is to ask them wheter what they advocate is wise?

            At least that is a legitimate debate. But to claim that the occupation is illegal is just a lie. Polemics!

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          • un2here

            Where are the settlements in Japan?

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          • un2here

            Did the Americans start the war by claiming part of Japan an American state?

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          • Tzutzik

            Are you serious UN2? Are you saying that Israel started the war against the Arabs in 1948? And in 1967? Go and read up on the history of this conflict. Try some respectable history books though not Arab, Marxist or Nazi propaganda sites. You might learn something.

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      • JG

        Zionist racists are racist. That’s easy to understand. You can read them every day here on this site

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    4. Rehmat

      On February 12, 2014, former Australian FM Bob Carr wrote at The Australian that the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are always illegal. He said Israeli judge Theodor Meron told that to Israeli prime minister Levi Eshkol in 1967. In 1968, even Gen. Moshe Dayan conceded: “Settling Israelis in administered territories, as is known, contravenes international conventions“.

      http://rehmat1.com/2014/04/13/diary-of-a-fm-jews-control-australia/

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      • Tzutzik

        Funnily enough though Australia’s current foreign Minister said this though;

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/australia-fm-dont-call-settlements-illegal-under-international-law/

        “In an exclusive interview with The Times of Israel, Julie Bishop suggested that, contrary to conventional diplomatic wisdom, the settlements may not be illegal under international law. She refrained from condemning Israeli initiatives to build additional housing units beyond the Green Line or from calling on Israel to freeze such plans, merely saying the fact that settlements were being expanded showed the need for the sides to quickly reach a peace agreement.”

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    5. Ken Kelso

      There is a primary historical fact, that must be established now. There has never been, I repeat NEVER been, a civilization, Entity, or a nation referred to as “Palestine” There was never a Palestinian tribe, and there was never a Palestinian country in the Land of Israel to begin with! Israel is not for sale. It is not a pie to be sliced up and served to a clan of killers and their supporters.

      1: When did Jerusalem serve as a capitol to any Arab Country? Never.
      2: When did Jerusalem serve as a Palestinian capitol? Never.
      3: Only Israel have had Jerusalem as there capitol in Ancient and modern times. Jerusalem was never in history an Arab capitol and never will be one.
      4: How many times is Jerusalem mentioned in the Koran? Zero. Was Mohammed to so badly educated, he could not utter the word
      “J-e-r-u-s-a-l-e-m”

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