monday through friday
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
After the West shamefully ignored the brutal crushing of the democracy uprisings in Iran we now have the bizarre NATO bombing of Libya.
It feels like somebody pushed the panic button and the region is being plunged deeper and deeper into chaos. Yikes!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
You almost always know something about a movie before you see it. Is it a comedy, an adventure, a psychological thriller, science fiction, etc. Many years ago I was in Tel Aviv for the day (I was living in Jerusalem at the time). I had been under a lot of pressure and was feeling the stress. I passed a little cinema house. I looked at the photos on display. The movie was called "All That Jazz". "Hmmmm" thought I "A light-hearted musical, all singing and dancing. Just what I need to lift my spirits" The film was the story of someone who was as exhausted as I was and as driven as I was. And he has a heart attack and dies. So like everyone else, I'm watching the bombing of Libya and like everyone else I don't know how this drama is going to end. But my gut feeling is that it wont end well. And we can't change the channel or walk out of the movie house. And I really hope I'm wrong!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Back in October, I was in Boston for a conference at Boston University sponsored by the good folks at CAMERA. As I strolled into the venue at BU with Louise (a friend and fellow activist) we were greeted by a small but noisy and colorful contingent of anti-Israel demonstrators. The chanting, drum-beating, horn-blowing, Arab head scarf-wearing students were trying to hand out their anti-Zionist libels and "fact sheets" to passersby and to would-be conference attendees. Other folks were furious and stopped to argue with the demonstrators, but not my friend Louise. Nope. What Louise (Lulu to some) does in such situations is nothing short of brilliant. Amazed at what she did, I turned it into a Dry Bones cartoon (with a thanx to Lulu next to my signature). So if you decide to follow Lulu's (and now my advice) remember to save the inflammatory material for Lag Ba'Omer, the bonfire holiday of the Jewish people. The holiday will start this year on Saturday night May 21 and continue till nightfall Sunday May 22. By the way, on Sunday May 22 I'm scheduled to speak at a Lag Ba'Omer lunch in Fresno California and then I'll be flying off to an appearance that evening in LA. I'll post dates of the May2011 speaking tour as soon as everything is in place. On May 26 I'll be appearing in the Boston area (and hope to get some more strategic advice from Lulu). We've still got a couple of open dates left for the May2011 tour, so if your Church, Synagogue, or Community Organization wants to book a Z Street, Young Israel-sponsored Dry Bones event do it now. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. But this is the last week to book!
Friday, March 18, 2011
The stories this week that you may not have seen:
Reuters: Israel seizes ship carrying Iranian weapons to Gaza JERUSALEM (Reuters) – "Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized a cargo ship in the Mediterranean carrying what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said were Iranian-supplied weapons intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.A military spokeswoman said Israeli forces met no resistance when they intercepted the German-owned "Victoria" some 200 miles from Israel and were taking the vessel to the Israeli port of Ashdod." -moreAnd the weapons manuals were in Iranian (Farsi)
Navy: Anti-ship missiles, Farsi manual found on seized vessel"IDF estimates some 50 tons of weapons found on Gaza-bound 'Victoria' vessel intercepted by commandoes; Rear Admiral Ben-Yehuda says Chinese-made C-704 anti-ship missiles would have threatened Israeli sea-based strategic installations, navy vessels had they reached Strip. Containers were loaded after Iranian ships docked in Syria two weeks ago, he adds" -moreAnd then a day later (yesterday, March 17 ) The Australian ran this story:
Turks order Iran transport plane to land"An Iranian cargo plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey last night amid fears it may be carrying military or nuclear material.The plane was being searched at Diyarbakir airport in southeastern Turkey a day after Israeli commandos operating deep in international waters boarded a ship carrying arms allegedly on their way from Iran to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.The plane, which took off yesterday from Tehran bound for the Syrian city of Aleppo, landed following an order from the Turkish foreign ministry.Two F-16 jet fighters were put on standby to intervene if the Iranian plane did not obey the orders to land, security sources said.Anti-nuclear, biological and chemical material units of civilian defence teams took part in the inspection of the plane, Anatolia news agency reported." -more
Thursday, March 17, 2011
If you don't know the story, read the Book of Esther in the Bible.
Reading the Book of Esther is one way that we celebrate Purim.Traditionally we attend a reading in the synagogue. (From a long scroll, sort of like this long Dry Bones Purim Web page) Obviously the saving of one Jewish community in ancient Persia is not what makes the joyous Purim holiday so significant. And the characters of "Queen Esther" and "Mordechai the Jew" are NOT what makes the holiday tick.The tale of Purim is important because it provides us with a view of the archetypical villian, Haman.
HAMANAnd recognizing the sly Haman who wants to destroy us is important, because there seems to be a Haman in every generation.And so on Purim we celebrate our escape from a long line of "Hamans" that stretches down through history and around the world!
On Purim we bake or buy tasty pastries called "Oznei Haman". (Which means "Haman's Ears" in Hebrew). The pastries are sometimes called "Hamantaschen" (Which means "Haman's Pockets" in Yiddish). The triangular pastries are traditionally filled with poppy seeds. Yup, the seeds of the opium poppy. But the only buzz you'll get from "Hamantaschen" will be the yummy taste and the joy of Jewish continuity and survival. Some people prefer other kinds of pastry fillings. On Purim, we dress up our kids in costumes and send them to knock on the doors of our friends and neighbors.But unlike the Halloween tradition, costumed Purim kids are not on "trick or treat" missions. They bring a plate of food treats to give to the people whose doors they knock on. This Purim custom is a way of letting our fellows know that we are celebrating the survival and continuity of the Jewish people and a way of expressing our love of our neighbors.
(And what better treat to deliver on this occassion than a plate of "Haman's Ears"?) HAPPY PURIM TO US ALL!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
We are now in the midst of the annual anti-Israel anti-Zionist hate-fest circus of antisemitic libels now parading through university campuses. Those of us who are activists sigh, gather our quotes, write our rebuttals, and prepare to expose the double standards and lies of the BDS movement and its annual Israel Apartheid Week. Yes, It'll soon be clean up time again.
"The first [Israeli Apartheid Week] event was held at the University of Toronto in 2005. The following year, it included Montreal and Oxford. In 2007, it grew to eight cities; in 2008, to 24 cities; in 2009, to 38 cities; last year, to over 40 cities. This year, IAW will be held in over 55 cities worldwide.Four years after Durban I, in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week was born in Toronto. That July, 170 Palestinian civil-society organizations released an official call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (better known as BDS) against Israel. The document clearly stated that the call was modelled on the example of the South African struggle against Apartheid.As with the original anti-apartheid movement, the goal of IAW is explicitly political. And yet the rhetoric of IAW is left open enough to incorporate: (1) critics of Israel who still support a two-state solution; (2) those who support the dismantling of the current Jewish State and its replacement with a single (highly theoretical) secular democratic state; and (3) those who support the destruction of Israel by any means necessary. All three camps are included amongst supporters of IAW and the BDS campaign, and therefore the lines are often blurred between harsh criticism of the state of Israel, outright condemnation of its continued existence, and calls for its eradication. This is a serious problem, and one that appears to be designed quite consciously by IAW and the BDS movement."
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Today's cartoon was published on February 12, 2004. The day before, on February 11, 2004, Israel was hit by an earthquake (depicted in the third panel of the cartoon). The quake set off a whole new set of worries for us. As I write this we are witnessing the incredible destruction caused by the catastrophic 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown disaster......and once again we in Israel are being warned by the authorities about the inevitable "big one" that will, one day hit us!
Earthquake cracks Knesset
By Jerusalem Newswire Editorial Staff
February 11, 2004
- "An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale rocked Israel and surrounding states Wednesday morning, sending frightened people streaming into streets throughout the country, but causing only one indirect injury and little damage.Israel Radio reported the quake left a crack in the ceiling of the Knesset plenum, Israel's parliament, just minutes before lawmakers were scheduled to take their seats for the day's debates.Channel 2 TV reported that Israeli geologists believe a major earthquake could strike Israel without notice, and based on research predict the arrival of "the big one" in the next 50 years." -more
Monday, March 14, 2011
The cold-blooded murder of a 4 month-old infant is described as the killing of another "settler". The constant, unrelenting demonization of Jews by the Palestinian media, in the Palestinian educational system, and in their public pronouncements and ceremonies, is merely what Israel's Prime minister "described as incitement that encourages attacks". Below, from the Washington Post:
Israeli troops scour West Bank villages for killers of 5 Jewish settlers
By Janine Zacharia
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, March 12, 2011; 6:25 PM
"JERUSALEM - Israeli troops fanned out into Palestinian villages Saturday to search for the killers of five family members stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinians to end what he described as incitement that encourages attacks." -more
Friday, March 11, 2011
As an "Artist in Residence" at YIISA (the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism) I've been studying a specific set of unique image codes. (For a video of my presentation at Yale on these codes of Antisemitism click on Secret Codes)These codes are used to spread viral Jew-hatred and are the focus of my upcoming May 2011 tour. If your church or synagogue would like to host an appearance/lecture please contact Rabbi Pesach Lerner at
1. "Jewish" star
2. Blood dripping from corner of mouth
3. Vampire-like fangs
4. Demonic Ears
1. Demonic Horns
2. Blood dripping from corner of mouth
3. The "Jewish" star all over the poster
4. Use of Swastikas (which have evolved to mean Israel!!)
Coptic Christians Killed by Egyptian Military – Will the Blackout Continue?"Coptic Christians in Egypt who are hoping that major news outlets in the United States are going to shine a light on the recent attack they endured in Helwan and their ongoing protests in Cairo have good reason to wonder exactly what is going on.Their story is just not being told in the U.S. . . . People who rely on traditional media outlets in the U.S. for their information about the Middle East on will know very little about the attack on a church in Sool on Saturday and the ongoing failure of the Egyptian military to protect Copts in Egypt." -more
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today's cartoon is from 2001. Ten years ago this week.The cartoon is a domestic husband/wife joke. I love the joke as a subversive means of communication. This joke/cartoon combines recognition of Israel's high tech inventiveness with the need for a little cheery relief from the pressures of life in our isolated and delegitimized state. It also highlights the contrasting priorities of males and females. The cartoon was done in the pre-color days and I tried to play with "colorizing" by using areas of black, white, and a grey created by tapping out a field of dots with a pen. It gave a lovely rich feel. These days I use color.Thinks: "If I'm around ten years from now and post a Golden Oldie from 2011, will I have to point out that it was done in the pre-3D holographic cartoon days?"
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The latest news in this ongoing story.There's this:
Obama receives Pollard clemency call from leading Jews "National Council of Young Israel executive VP gives US president note on behalf of Jewish leaders pleading for commutation of agent's sentence.The Jewish leaders who met with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday did not raise the fate of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard in their limited time with him, but one of them made sure Obama got the message.Following the meeting, National Council of Young Israel executive vice president Rabbi Pesach Lerner, who has been the driving force behind efforts to bring about Pollard’s release, went up to Obama and gave him a note pleading for his life sentence to be commuted."-moreAnd there's this:
Kissinger: Release Israeli spy Pollard"Saying he found the arguments of other top former U.S. national security officials “compelling,” former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Monday called for President Obama to commute the remainder of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence. "At first I felt I did not have enough information to render a reasoned and just opinion,” Kissinger said in his Mar. 3 letter, released today by a public relations firm that has been lobbying for the release of Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for espionage in 1987.“But having talked with [former Secretary of State] George Shultz and read the statements of former CIA Director [R. James] Woolsey, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman [Dennis] DeConcini, former Defense Secretary [Caspar] Weinberger, former Attorney General [Michael] Mukasey and others whose judgments and first-hand knowledge I respect, I find their unanimous support for clemency compelling.” -moreAnd this:
Minister to visit Pollard in US prison"Israeli Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon will next week make a visit to Jonathan Pollard who is serving a prison sentence in the US for espionage for Israel.Two months ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a personal letter to US President Barack Obama requesting that Pollard, who has been in prison for 25 years be pardoned." -more
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
There are a number of ways that Gaddafi and Charlie Sheen are different. One difference is that Charlie tweets. Gaddafi doesn't. Within 24 hours Charlie amassed one million twitter followers!I recently got set up at twitter and at present have 85 followers.So the score now stands at:
Gaddafi: 0I don't know if Muammar is embarrassed by his weak showing, but I certainly am.How about giving me a little more confidence by following me at twitter? I'm at: http://twitter.com/drybonescartoonAnd facebook folk can follow us at http://www.facebook.com/drybonescartoonBTW, I don't know how Charlie is doing at facebook.
I'm afraid to check!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
“I advise you to commit suicide rather than to accept disgrace. Your suicide will immortalise the cause of Palestine for future generations. Your blood is the fuel of the revolution. Let suicide be the priority. It is the road to victory”.Which led to my doing today's Golden Oldie about Gaddafi. Your thoughts?
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Much of the Western Main Stream Media sees the uprisings as positive and pro-democracy. Basically, what we have, they seem to be saying, is a "Happy Ending". Unfortunately that reminds me of a quote by American film director Orson Wells. When asked about how to make a film with a happy ending, he responded by saying that making a happy ending simply "depends on where you stop your story".Unfortunately, in the real world the story is not stopping here. It's going on, and nobody knows how and when it stops! And nobody knows if it's going to have a "happy ending".