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COMIC: What if Mahmoud was named Jonah?

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. Whiplash

      I wonder if the extreme left as represented by the writers of 972 would be more happy if Israel did not take extreme measures to protect Gazan civilians and simply bombed their homes without warning them in any particular manner. Do US drone operators in Afghanistan or Pakistan phone the homes of the intended target to warn the occupants to flee?

      It is an unpleasant fact that civilians die in wars. Hamas has courted the harm to its civilians by placing their military infrastructure, rocket launchers, missile storage facilities, command centers, fighters within a highly built up civilian environment which it uses to fire at Israeli civilians. There is no escaping that Gazan civilians will die in Israeli attempts to strike at Hamas and their military assets.

      If these facts of war offend extreme leftists they should go to Gaza and disarm Hamas and the other militant factions there before they can do any more harm to their own population.

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      • Reza Lustig

        As usual, you and your fellow Zionists present the situation as a fait accompli; either Israel engages in tit-for-tat aerial bombardment, in response to ineffectual rocket attacks, or…. I dunno. What disaster, exactly, would befall Israel if these air strikes were halted, and a purely defensive-diplomatic strategy was adopted? Let’s say, for instance, a combination of Iron Dome defense against rockets, and talking to Hamas about their current demands, instead of working through Abbas and Egypt’s new dictator as an intermediary?

        The current stragety isn’t working so far, though; Hamas is still shooting rockets. I suppose Hamas’ negligence towards its civilians means it’s not your fault that they die in punitive bombings, which you KNOW they will die in? You just throw up your hands and say “it can’t be helped.”

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        • Whiplash

          Reza, Israeli restraint and diplomacy with terrorists has always been a losing strategy. Diplomatic efforts to end terrorism from Gaza in 1968 to 1970 failed. Ariel Sharon and the Israeli army crushed the terrorists in Gaza in 1970 and 1971 creating relative peace and prosperity in Gaza until Gaza was handed over to the Palestinian Authority. Hamas from the signing of the Oslo Accords was given the space to conduct terrorist operations from the strip and the West Bank with impunity.

          Rabin and Peres refused to respond with sufficient force and the termination of the Accords in response to Hamas and Fatah terrorism. Peres lost the 1996 election because of Hamas terrorism. Netanyahu restored Israeli deterrence. Barak negotiated with the terrorist Arafat and received in return the second intifada. Ariel Sharon at American insistence restrained Israel from tacking the terrorist problem. After the Netanya Hotel Park bombing Ariel Sharon renewed Israel’s deterrence and crushed the Palestinian resistance.

          In 2005 Israel pulled out of the Gaza strip and Hamas turned it into a new Somalia. Hamas was offered a chance to participate in a diplomatic solution to the conflict, which required them to accept the Quartet’s three conditions, one of which was to abandon violence. Hamas spurned diplomacy and turned Gaza into an armed camp to attack Israel.

          As a result Israel is forced to respond to Hamas and strike down the level of terror coming from Gaza. Is it an ideal situation no, but it is Israel’s and Gaza’s reality to be dealing with irredentist terrorist organization whose reason for existence is the destruction of the Israeli state and the killing of all Jews.

          BTW the strategy is working. Israel has done a root canal on Hamas’ operation in the West Bank. Hamas will not be taking over the West Bank anytime soon.

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          • Reza Lustig

            You forget that this is an entirely different situation; it was brought on purely by Israel’s own doing. We still haven’t seen proof that Hamas was behind those kids’ murders (and other groups have claimed responsibility), so why exactly did you provoke them in the first place?

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          • Goldmarx

            Rabin negotiating with Arafat successfully and got the PLO to recognize Israel.

            Begin negotiated successfully with Sadat, who passed around neo-Nazi leaflets in Egypt in his youth.

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      • Atlas

        Sanity is now a privilege of the extreme left. Well. We all know (and have known for years) that reality has a marked liberal bias.

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    2. Arb

      Eli misunderstands something, as usual. If the names of the recipients of rocket fire were American, the American government would jump to absolutely destroy the attackers, without worrying too much about sending out leaflets first. So now, Eli, why don’t you do a little thought experiment. Imagine that you live in a place where rockets are being launched at kids with names like Yaron, Shai, Rotem and Sela and ask yourself how Israelis should respond.

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      • andrew r

        This is how Israelis should respond: “Oh, I get it. That’s how we created our Jewish state in the first place. By launching mortar shells at civilians. How ironic.”

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        • Arb

          Um, Israel wasn’t founded this way.

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          • Arb

            Read a book, Danny, and you won’t be so ignorant. Try Benny Morris’s 1948 to start.

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          • Philos

            If you had read Morris you wouldn’t be using him to back-up your claim that Israel wasn’t founded on massacres and mortars fired into crowded markets in Haifa (face-palm)

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          • Arb

            I’ve read several of his books, dude. I’ve met him. The worst place to make your claim is Haifa, where the majority of the Arab population fled, after the Jews implored them to stay, because Haj Amin al Husseini’s people forced them to leave. That’s right, an Arab leader making things far worse for his people…

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    3. Pedro

      Well, my racist friends, you are absolutely right that if the Americans were being brutally occupied for decades, had their land and resources systematically stolen, their power, water and sewage systems destroyed, their hospitals, churches, care homes and houses bombed and their children blown to bits for playing soccer, they would not be sending out any leaflets before responding.

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      • Arb

        The number of lies and misrepresentations you packed into that short paragraph was impressive. It’s amazing how much BS you fit in there!

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        • Goldmarx

          If that’s true, then you’re obviously a good teacher.

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    4. Danny

      Eli, I like the fantasy element of this comic (especially the last box which I wish were a reality). But, unfortunately, the reality is that even if Mahmoud were named Jonah, Israel would still bomb the crap out of him and kids like him, and sadly the reaction of the American government would be about the same. Think back to Rachel Corrie, and how her gruesome death was never even covered in the U.S. media, let alone mentioned in the halls of power.

      To better understand why America will NEVER be a fair and balanced actor in the Israel-Palestine conflict, read MJ Rosenberg’s excellent piece:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/gaza-burns-to-please-fat-_b_5591145.html

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    5. Sean Mullin

      I love you big-hearted Israeli military action apologists give a lovely impression to the world with your jaw dropping demonstrations of empathy. You can’t all have been dropped on the head when infants. Oz is missing an army of scarecrows me thinks.

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      • Reza Lustig

        More like an army of Tin Men.

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    6. Anat

      I know, of course, the Gazans should stay at home and get killed! Right, Hamas?

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      • Reza Lustig

        I suppose you think they should all just go jump in the Mediterranean Sea, and swim to Greece or Italy? Or live like hermits in the Sinai mountains? Or maybe try their luck as refugees in Egypt?

        All this, just so you don’t have to be a freier who respects civilians’ right to safety from death.

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    7. Richard

      Eli Valley is really good at not being funny or clever at all.

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      • Arb

        Precisely.

        But he does know how to tap into ugly stereotypes of Jews.

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        • Goldmarx

          Eli Valley is a proud Jew who writes and draws for the Jewish newspaper, the Forward.

          “Tapping into stereotypes”? That’s what YOU do by justifying and/or minimizing every atrocity committed by Israel’s government. That you’re so quick to pull the anti-Semite card shows that you know you have no legitimate argument to make.

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          • Arb

            He’s a proud Jew who draws Jews in the ugliest possible way. He knows it. He does it on purpose. And he does it with the misguided hubris and condescension of someone who holds himself in very high esteem. Basically, unless you agree with Valley’s politics, you will be drawn as a hideous caricature in one of his cartoons.

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          • Reza Lustig

            What political cartoonist has ever drawn the objects of their criticism as anything but ugly/funny-looking?

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          • Arb

            Ridiculous comment.

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          • Reza Lustig

            Explanation?

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          • Arb

            Self-explanatory.

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          • Reza Lustig

            No, actually, it isn’t. Why not take a minute and explain to me why you think it is?

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          • Arb

            Learn to read.

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          • JG

            Get brain or stfu, Rab,Bar,Arb troll clown…..

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          • Reza Lustig

            Read what?

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          • Arb

            Thank you for proving my point.

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          • Reza Lustig

            As Lenin advised, “patiently explain.” Why don’t you try that? Are are you above spelling things out for leftists?

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          • Reza Lustig

            Let’s recap. You accuse Eli Valley of being an anti-semite, because he draws Zionists as caricatures. I responded that this is what most political cartoonists do, when drawing whoever they disagree with. For some reason, you find this ridiculous. Please explain why it is.

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    8. Goldmarx

      Valley’s Gentiles come across as distinctly unhandsome (see his depiction of Obama), so he doesn’t single out Jews.

      Hypocrisy is an ugly trait, something that you exhibit frequently here, which is why Valley makes you uncomfortable. He makes you squirm because you know he has your number.

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