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Theodor Herzl, terrible screenwriter

Our impassioned protagonist pitches his plot to producers.

By Eli Valley

Eli Valley Theodor Herzl

Eli Valley’s comics collection, DIASPORA BOY: COMICS ON CRISIS IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL, will be released this Spring from OR Books. His website is www.elivalley.com and he tweets at @elivalley.This comic will also appear in the Fall issue of ‘World War 3 Illustrated.’

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    1. JeffB

      This cartoon is a bit offensive. Le Pen is not aiming for eradication of the world’s jews. She just asserts the primacy of French culture and an understanding that Catholicism is part of that culture. Both Trump and to a lesser extent Le Pen have Jews in high positions throughout their organization. If I were going to pick the movement far and away most hostile to Jews it would be BDS not anything on the right. Its weird that the left which gets so upset about accusations of antisemitism when directed at anti-Jewish leaders would feel so free to use it towards leaders that have shown little inclination or hostility at all towards Jews.

      I think Trump is grossly unfit for office. Le Pen’s economic policies are destructive. If you want to attack these leaders there is plenty of fertile ground for things they actually do rather than stuff they didn’t do nor intend to do.

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      • Ben

        You hold way too many overly confident opinions JeffB and too many of them terribly superficial and facile. The Bellorussians are this, the French are that, the Puerto Rican’s such, the Slovenes…the Palestinians are the new Huguenots, the French are simply this, Israel is simply that, Le Pen is simply this……
        Approach France’s Marine Le Pen with caution
        http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/approach-frances-marine-le-pen-with-caution,13422

        No reply needed.

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        • JeffB

          @Ben

          And what in that article talks about Le Pen’s desire to eradicate the world’s Jews. It gives a hypothetical that it might be possible under Le Pen that France’s Jews find themselves under some pressure regarding dual loyalty. Even if one accepts the article, the evidence falls far short of proving the claim.

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        • JeffB

          @Ben

          — bar dual citizenship with non-European Union countries if elected.

          That sounds pretty blanket to me. She also withdrew it.

          — bar religious attire in public spaces

          Again sounds pretty blanket.

          I’m not seeing antisemitism in her policies. Treating Jews as badly as you treat any other religious minority isn’t antisemitism. Treating Jews especially badly would be antisemitism, and she’s expressed no interest in doing that. But more importantly neither of those policies eradicates Jews which was the original claim.

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          • Ben

            No JeffB, the original claim was neither addressing Le Pen herself or claiming that Marine Le Pen’s specific policies eradicate Jews. Nor is that alternative fact “more important.” You get things muddled. With regularity. “Falls short of proving” what? That Le Pen herself is determined to ultimately eradicate the world’s Jews? That’s what I’m supposed to prove? Because why? A ridiculous proof-task you assign that I and the cartoon author supposedly have fallen short on? And if there is no “proof” supplied then everything is just swell and all Le Pen does is “just asserts the primacy of French culture and an understanding that Catholicism is part of that culture”? Simple as that? Just like that? It’s all so simple and pat? I stand by my characterization of your style.

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          • JeffB

            @Ben

            Because that was the claim in the cartoon you were defending. You like to keep shifting the ground in debates. If I can’t prove A let me prove B and then get indignant that doesn’t get accepted as a proof for A. That gets compounded that you often fail to prove B and instead prove something weaker B-.

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          • Ben

            ​JeffB these are illusions of proof and disproof. No one here is “proving” anything or failing to prove something. I never set out to prove anything. As you have done here yet again, you characteristically take complex matters and reduce them to cut and dried, simplistic yes or nos, or to facile analogies. The cartoonist deliberately produced a cartoon caricature to make a point. The fact that it is a cartoon caricature seems to evade you in the first place. But it is no caricature of Trump or Le Pen to say that they have plenty of far right supporters they dog whistle who very clearly aim to eradicate minorities including Muslims and Jews. And that this is clearly dangerous. And these concerns are not dismissible by blithely stating, and in the context of French history of all things (!), that “she just asserts the primacy of French culture and an understanding that Catholicism is part of that culture.” I well understand that your real aim is to infer that Naftali Bennett or Ayalet Shaked is merely some kind of benign Jewish version of this who merely asserts the primacy of Israeli Jewish culture and an understanding that Judaism is part of that culture and all is well, but it won’t fly. You’ve equally treated us to the god awful suggestion that the French Catholic persecution of the Huguenots and the Soviet treatment of the Belorussians are some kind of model for the necessary “hollowing out” that the Palestinians need to submit to. Sick suggestions stated as chirpy little historical bonbons.

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          • Ben

            “The forces currently fighting against liberal values have been an inseparable part of European civilization since the ancient Greeks. In their modern form, for the past 300 years they have been steadily and resolutely striving to undermine the political culture that took shape following three human-rights revolutions – by the English, Americans and French. However, the extent to which these forces succeed is a function of the changing social and political conditions and, especially, of the determination and courage demonstrated by those opposing them. The humanist liberalism of human rights – the only true liberalism – survives only when society is willing to defend it under any circumstances, without fear.
            Benito Mussolini was invited to form a government by the conservative and liberal Italian establishment – the “center” in today’s terms – which consisted of the monarchy and church-backed bourgeoisie, when he headed a parliamentary faction of only 30 lawmakers. The descent into fascism took place under the neutral or supportive eyes of that same center. In 1928, meanwhile, the Nazi Party received less than 3 percent of the vote, but became the strongest party in Germany because of its aggressive nationalist cultural base, which it shared with the center and conservatives. Hitler rose to power due to these factors and the hatred the traditional right and center felt for the left. Thus, the fascists and Nazis built on the betrayals of the conservatives and the center, who abandoned the intellectual content of liberalism and enlightenment.”
            http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.782067

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          • Ben

            JeffB, your superficiality on this matter of Le Pen, blithely stating that “she just asserts the primacy of French culture and an understanding that Catholicism is part of that culture” is exposed with this declaration she makes:

            Le Pen: France ‘Not Responsible’ for WWII Roundup of Paris Jews
            Some 13,000 Jews, including 4,000 children, were arrested in 1942 by French authorities, with some accounts showing they were coordinated with the SS; they were all eventually deported to Auschwitz
            Dov Alfon and Ofer Aderet Apr 10, 2017 12:57 AM
            “…Le Pen thereby lined up with claims made by her father, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded the National Front. He argued that France’s admission of responsibility for the deportation of Jews was a “chase after Jewish votes, based on a pack of lies.” He argued that the arrests and deportation were not done at the instigation of France, a claim which is refuted by multiple studies…. Up to now Marine Le Pen has tried to distance herself from her father’s anti-Semitic positions, which border on Holocaust denial. In the past she even stated that the Holocaust of the Jews was the “pinnacle of human barbarity.” However, her movement still harbors internal debates around the Jewish question, and her declaration on Sunday apparently came in order to dispel any lack of clarity and to take a clear stand.”
            read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.782648

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    2. Stan Nadel

      Lots of Antisemitic potential here– I hope it won’t turn out that way

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