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COMIC: Rome's finest progressives and the scourge of Masada

Stanislaus and Cecelia, progressive Romans living in Judea, wanted nothing more than peace — but the Masadans gave them no choice.

By Eli Valley

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

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    1. Richard

      Just more cynical, stupid nonsense Eli Valley has written for idiots to read. Most successful cartoonist anti-Semite hack in the game right now.

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      • Y-Man

        “Stupid stupid stupid anti Semitism stupid stupid anti Semitism stupid stupid victimhood stupid stupid”

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        • Richard

          You got me there.

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    2. bor

      Ah yes, the Romans with their empire covering half the known world at the time were just like the Zionists on their 8000 sq. mile piece of land surrounded on every side by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen encompassing a total land mass of millions of sq. miles. It’s exactly the same!

      Or consider the the 57 Muslim and Arab states in the Muslim bloc at the UN with their hundreds of millions of citizens vs. Israel. It’s exactly the same.

      How about oil wealth vs. Israel’s wealth with its 8 million people? It’s exactly the same.

      Oh, and if we continue with the analogy, the Romans were imperialist colonizers, right? just like the Jews. Except for, you know, things such as a 2000 year old Temple, some 2000 year old Scrolls, a language that has existed for 2500 years and a city, Jerusalem, at the heart of every prayer by Jews for centuries and centuries. Wow, it’s exactly the same.

      Oh, I see, I’m missing the point. Israel is Goliath and Palestinians are David. How stupid of me, it’s exactly the same. Except for, you know, the fact the Romans decided to destroy the country entirely and Israel has been willing to accept compromise and peace in 1937, 1947, 1948, 1967, 2000 and 2008. But it’s exactly the same!

      By the way, Eli, your pathological need to depict non-Jews attractively and Jews in hideous terms remains as consistent as ever. You need help, man. Desperately.

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      • Y-Man

        “You need help man.” — a person who obsessively trolls this site. Rich.

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        • bor

          Why, do I draw Jews as if I’m the cartoonist for Der Sturmer?

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        • Shannon

          Don’t be so harsh on our trolldoll. He has no life to live, all that gives his poor existence some meaning is spreading hate in the net. ever y 5 minutes. The end of the human foodchain.

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          • bor

            Enjoying your fantasy?

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      • Lo

        1) There are more Arabs than Jews, this is true. However, the vast majority of Jews live in nuclear states. It would be ridiculous to suggest that American Jews are in some greater threat than Americans at large (which is minimal, generally). I don’t know why you’re working yourself so strenuously into the victim box when any idiot can see that Israel is a regional superpower.

        2) As a continuation of that point, bringing out Biblical archaeology and other hysterics makes me think you are more insecure than you ought to be. Again: Israel is the mightiest of nations in the broader region. The fact that the greatest superpower the world has ever known is Israel’s primary ally/sugar daddy is just icing on the cake. Stop pretending like Cyborg Hitler is about to invade from the moon and accept the way the chips are actually on the table.

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        • bor

          “1) There are more Arabs than Jews, this is true.”

          Not just Arabs, Muslims. There are 1.5 billion Muslims and 13 million Jews. There are 370 million Arabs and 6 million Jewish Israelis.

          “However, the vast majority of Jews live in nuclear states.”

          So what?

          “It would be ridiculous to suggest that American Jews are in some greater threat than Americans at large (which is minimal, generally).”

          This comic and my response refer to Israel.

          “I don’t know why you’re working yourself so strenuously into the victim box when any idiot can see that Israel is a regional superpower.”

          I didn’t place Israel in the “victim box,” I merely destroyed Valley’s idiotic analogy by demonstrating why it doesn’t hold up to the facts. It is surrounded by hostile enemies, whether you perceive that as making it into a victim or not.

          “2) As a continuation of that point, bringing out Biblical archaeology and other hysterics makes me think you are more insecure than you ought to be.”

          Are you insane? It’s Valley who took us to that period. I am speaking about his cartoon’s era and relating to it directly.

          “Again: Israel is the mightiest of nations in the broader region.”

          Let’s hope so.

          “The fact that the greatest superpower the world has ever known is Israel’s primary ally/sugar daddy is just icing on the cake.”

          And your point is?

          “Stop pretending like Cyborg Hitler is about to invade from the moon and accept the way the chips are actually on the table.”

          Good idea. Why should anyone worry? Israel can just keep yelling at the top of its lungs “We are a regional superpower” over and over and surely everyone will run away, cowering in fear, just like Hamas and Hizbullah.

          Hey Eli, are you seeing the level of discourse your defenders are barely able to elicit?

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    3. Marty The K

      Were there Romans named Stanislaus? Seems unlikely.

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      • Wodewick

        Yes, I would have gone with something more conventional like ‘Naughtius Maximus’ or ‘Bigus Dicus’.

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    4. Goldmarx

      You don’t have to, Bor, since you already act as the embodiment of the anti-Semitic stereotype of the Jew as inherent oppressor.

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      • bor

        There is simply nothing to say to a comment this stupid.

        Well, actually, there is. Hey Eli, welcome to the stupidity of your defenders. It should worry you that these are your allies.

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        • Aish

          Great job Bor, notice there are 0, none, intelligent responses. Name-calling and sorry, childish retorts is all there is.
          THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

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    5. James

      The reality is, every antisemite in the world would love Eli Valley’s comics.

      Adolf Hitler would have loved them.

      That’s Eli Valley’s target audience.

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