Friday, March 31, 2006

The Harvard Protocols

Dry Bones cartoon - The Harvard Protocols
Read the posting called Harvard Updates Protocols of Zion.

For info about the history of the Protocols click here.

"The Protocols" was not only a big hit in Nazi circles, it's a now a blockbuster in the Arab world. Below is the cover of the currently best-selling Egyptian version.

Click on the book jacket and we'll take you to an Islamic site where you can read the whole thing yourself... In English, French, German, Swedish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, or Italian!


Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Likud Wins! (1977)

1977 Dry Bones cartoon - Begin Wins ElectionIn the elecions of 1977 the unthinkable happened. For the very first time since the founding of the state in 1948, Israel's Labor Party lost!
Menachem Begin's Likud party won 43 Knesset seats, compared to Labor's 32.

Menachem Begin became Prime Minister, serving for six and a half years - from the spring of 1977 to the fall of 1983.

Menachem Begin

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The New Democracies

Dry Bones cartoon - Christian convert in Afghanistan
For some reason everyone seems to think that elections are what makes a democracy a democacy. Wrong. There also needs to be freedom of press, speech and religion.

Read the posting at Neo-Neocon or, for the Reuters story, click on the photo below of the accused holding the proof of his villainy.

The accused, holding a Bible.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Israeli Elections (1977)

1977 Dry Bones cartoon - ElectionsToday is Election Day here in Israel. This Golden Oldie, however, is from way back in 1977. Mr. Shuldig then offered himself as a choice in the national elections of 1977. In this cartoon, on the eve of those elections, he speaks with the deep, inner frustration that every political pro must feel.

As it was then, so it is now!

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Israeli Elections 2006

Dry Bones cartoon - Israeli Elections March 2006
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28, 2006, is Election Day in Israel.
Today's cartoon expresses what seems to be the generally accepted view held by the electorate.

We already picked our leader, and he, at the time of this writing, is still lying in a coma.

By the way, if nobody comes out with a clear majority, we'll be treated to the spectacle of extended political haggling to create a pasted-together coalition government... Which is the "worse case" outcome referred to in the punchline of the cartoon.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

the 2006 Shmendrik Awards

  • shmendrikThe 2006 Shmendrik Awards
    Shmendrik: (shmen- drik) n. (Yiddish) a pathetic and foolish small time ineffectual loser, a jerk.

    Like the Worst-Dressed list or the Worst Movies awards, our awards highlight the activities of the losers among us.
    Anti-Semitism does not grow naturally in free and democratic societies. It requires a great deal of fertilizer. The folks who spread the fertilizer around are providing nutrition for the evil weed of anti-Semitism.- These annual Shmendrik awards “honor” those who have most distinguished themselves by their seemingly unwitting support of anti-Semitism.

    The awards are given every year on or about the week of Purim.
    Below are this year's "winners".

  • shmendrik- First Place - the founder of the "Israeli anti-Semitic cartoon contest"
    In response to the horrifying spread of anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic cartoons, and the announcement of an Iranian anti-Semiic cartoon competition, this Israeli shmendrik said; "We’ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published! No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!" The Israeli "me too" twit invited artists from all over the world to send in cartoons, illustrations and short comics that express hatred for Jews in the most outrageous way. Background Story

  • shmendrikSecond Place - "Jews Against Zionism" (Neturei Karta)
    Third place winners last year, these black-garbed "rabbis" (seen here on their recent mission to support the Iranian call for the destruction of Israel) move up to second place this year!!Background Story

  • shmendrikThird Place - Harvard's Dean of Academics
    It was only a few days ago that Harvard University released an Elders of Zion-like report about the “Israel Lobby,” co-authored by the Dean of Academics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Stephen M. Walt. The report alleges that a vast network of journalists, think tanks, lobbyists, and largely Jewish officials have seized the foreign policy debate and manipulated America
    In less than 24 hours the paper was publicly endorsed by David Duke, the KKK, the PLO, etc. For more details check out neo-neocon. Read about it here and here

  • shmendrikLifetime Achievement Award - Jimmy Carter
    -What can be said about this shmendrik ex-President? He continues to astound.
    The latest is reported by JoshuaPundit.
    Read Carter's words in the Jordan Times, and in The Guardian.

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Friday, March 24, 2006


Dry Bones cartoon - Muslim Moderates
I confess that I often complain that there are no Arab or Muslim voices speaking out forcefully against Arab or Islamic terror.
Well, "Never Again!" as the slogan goes.

You MUST see Arab-American Wafa Sultan on Al-Jazeera TV! It's at the MEMRI TV site.

After you see the incredibly heroic woman on TV, you'll want more information about her. There's an interesting piece at neo-neocon.

By the way, I also often comment on the "fact" that feminists don't speak out about the threat of Islamic repression.
Wrong again.
Check out Free Range Feminist.

Dr. Wafa Sultan Speaks Out.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Splinter Political Parties (1977)

1977 Dry Bones cartoon - The Women's PartyThe Israeli system is blessed with "splinter" parties. From the Legalize Pot guys to the Retired People's Party, they offer a choice other than the "main' parties.

In this Golden Oldie, Mr. Shuldig's male pride was injured and he felt personally offended by a campaign promise(?) of the Women's Party.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bomb Delivery Van

Dry Bones cartoon - Van Delivery
Click on the photo below for the full story

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Fluoridation (1976)

1976 Dry Bones cartoon - Fluoridation
People outside of Israel sometimes have a problem thinking of Jerusalem as being a real place, a real city. Back in 1976 we had a debate about the pros and cons of fluoridation. The dentists won and we got fluoridated.

In this Golden Oldie I had the fun of a pun and at the same time tried to comment on the dual nature of our holy city.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Bird Flu in Israel

Dry Bones cartoon - Bird Flu Cure
Bird Flu has now been found in Israel.
We're country number fortysomething whose birds have been hit.
The world seems ready for a pandemic of Biblical proportions.
I'm sure that there's a team hard at work on a solution somewhere here in Israel.

I did this cartoon after seeing distressing TV images from around the world of the brutal slaughter of chickens, ducks,and turkeys. The difficulty in doing the cartoon was getting across the idea that I was referring to a cure for the birds rather than for people.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Iran Wants Talks With America

Dry Bones cartoon - Iran wants to talk
Who knows if this is real?
And if it is, what does it mean?
We're all in the dark, left with speculation as a major spectator sport.
I decided to use my two new "Bar Stool Pundits" characters to make that point in today's cartoon.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Terror Bombings (1996)

1996 Dry Bones cartoon - Terror BombingsI did this cartoon back in 1996.
I was trying to explain what I thought should have been obvious to everyone. Bill Clinton was then the President, so I stuck him into the first panel. That set it up so that it seemed as if Mr. Shuldig (my alter ego) was explaining it to him.
Ten years of terror bombings later, and the West still doesn't get it?!
...And it's still Iran and Syria?!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Jericho Prison Break

Dry Bones cartoon - Hamas and the Jericho Prison

At the time of this writing I've got no idea if this story will turn into world-wide riots and condemnation of Israel or not... so here's a link to the way it was more than a month before we snatched the killers out of the Jericho Prison.

For an update on what's happening now, check out the piece at DebkaFile.

If you want to see how the PLO is rewriting history and spinning the story (through its various front groups), click here.

To learn about Rechavam Ze'evi, click on his photo below".

Rechavam (Gandhi) Ze'evi (1926-2001)
Rechavam (Gandhi) Ze'evi (1926-2001)

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Purim (1997)

1997 Dry Bones cartoon - PurimToday is the fun-filled holiday of Purim. This cartoon is from Purim 1997 and shows Uncle Shuldig in a Jester costume, sharing some thoughts and offering a tray of the delicious and traditional three-cornered Purim pastry which in Hebrew are called "Haman's Ears" (oznei haman).
In Yiddish they're called "hamantaschen"

To learn about Purim click here, or here.

Below is Mr. Shuldig wearing a mask, doing his "Dance of Victory", and rattling his noise maker:
Mr. Shuldig.
Have a Happy!

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Monday, March 13, 2006

All in the Family

Dry Bones cartoon - Bush Family Friends
The story about the Saudis is at The Micah Report and at JoshuaPundit.

I titled the post "All in the Family" because of my feeling that this is all about the Bush family business.

Holding Hands
Holding Hands With The Saudis.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

The Big Bad Wolf

Dry Bones cartoon - Iranian President Ahmadinejad
I hope the cartoon made you laugh.
Humor is a trick that allows cartoonists and comedians to communicate heavy truths by wrapping them up in jokes.

The "heavy truth" in this case is that we are facing a new appearance of an old familiar monster.

And he's not the Disney version.

Big Bad Wolf
(c) Disney

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Entertaining the Troops (1982)

1982 Dry Bones cartoon - The Lebanon WarWhen you're a country like Israel and the going gets tough, and the media portrays us like it does, it's no wonder that Hollywood stars, when they come here, make sure to show an "even handedness" between us and our enemies. And how many Hollywood stars would ever come to Israel during a war, to entertain our soldiers?!

Well here's one:
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr.
Member of the Tribe.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

They Don't Get It.

Dry Bones cartoon - Dubai and America's Ports
And Bush is now ready to fight for the Port Deal?
I just don't get it.
So I did this cartoon using my two new characters, the "Bar Stool Pundits".
They don't get it either.

Below are Cliff and Norm from "Cheers".

Cliff & Norm
...also trying to figure it out?


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Arafat and the Temple Mount (1975)

1975 Dry Bones cartoon - Arafat and the Temple MountOn Jan. 30th 1976, eight Jews who were charged with "disturbing the peace" because they had prayed on the Temple Mount were acquitted by an Israeli court. Ten days later (on Feb. 9) East Jerusalem high schools rioted to protest the court decision. An Arab shopkeepers strike was then launched and rioting soon spread across the West Bank. On February 17th I drew this cartoon.

The situation was like an old Jewish joke:
Abe knows that most congregations raise money for their synagogues by selling tickets at the High Holidays, so he's not surprised when, trying to enter a synagogue, he is stopped and asked if he's got a ticket.
"No" says Abe, "I just want to go in and see if my friend Sam is inside. Let me go in. It'll only take a minute."
"Fine" says the guy at the door, "go in, but don't let me catch you praying!"

Below is a photo taken at Holyland Experience in Orlando, Florida. It shows the Biblical Temple on the Holy Mountain in the city of Jerusalem as it appeared, just before its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 66 (504 years before the birth of Mohammed). For more info and photos click on the picture.
Second Temple Model

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Monday, March 06, 2006

The Oscars

Dry Bones cartoon - the Oscars
The Oscars. Hollywood seems to be losing it. I'm old enough to remember when the movie industry supported our boys at the front. Patriotic films and animated cartoons unified the country behind what was called "the War Effort". Hollywood stars sold "War Bonds" and popular entertainers put on shows for "The Troops" and visited the war-wounded in Army hospitals.

The change came, I think, when somebody invented the "rogue unit" concept. The enemy, in more and more movies, became a "rogue unit" of some agency of the U.S. government.

So starting with Dr. Strangelove, and the Gov't guys who were after E.T., the bad guys in American movies became, well, uh, the Americans. American patriotism became "right wing" and traditional "family values" became a code-word for reactionary fascism.

My guess is that this Hollywood assault on America and its traditional Judeo-Christian values, helps in selling movies to foreign morkets, where American power as a threat to world peace is an easy sell.

John Wayne & Exodus

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Missing Sharon

Dry Bones cartoon - Missing Sharon
Sometimes I feel the need to simply state what I think the situation is. This is one of those times. Of course that's not so easy. I've been finding the current Israeli election campaign a bore. Election Day is almost upon us. It's March 28th. So why does the campaign lack any fire? Is it because it doesn't really matter who wins? Is it because none of the three candidates is exciting or promising? After several failed attempts I drew Mr. Shuldig stating the obvious. Then, almost without thinking I scribbled in the title.
Missing Sharon.
Suddenly the cartoon "worked".

If you are interested in knowing how Israeli elections work, what are the "rules", and how and why it was decided to have it this month, just click HERE.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Syria in Lebanon (1976)

1976 Dry Bones cartoon - Syria in LebanonWhen I react to something in the news, I can't be certain that my readers are aware of the item. In those cases I use Mr. Shuldig (or another character) reading from a newspaper. That signals to the reader that the story is "real". In this case I used the device of showing an onscreen TV newscaster reading from a sheet of paper.

In 1976 it appeared to all that the civil war in Lebanon was endangering the continued existence of the Christian community. Then the Syrians stepped in to "save them".

The naive American statement at the time, accepting the purely noble and altruistic motives behind Syria's invasion is mocked in the Dry Bones cartoon.

A year earlier in January 1975, the Syrian minister of information had explained that: "Lebanon will not escape from the destined unity of Syria and Lebanon."

Then, in June 1976 the Syrian troops rolled into Lebanon .

One month later, in July 1976, Syrian Dictator Assad proclaimed that:"through history, Syria and Lebanon have been one country and one people. Our history is one, our future is one and our destiny is one."

So it seemed obvious to Uncle Shuldig that the American assessment was dumb.
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For background material on the situation at the time:
Check out the history of Syria and Lebanon at

A different take on what happened in 1976 is provided by the Guardians of the Cedars of Lebanon" who claim that:

"At the time, Yasser Arafat sent an urgent message to Hafez Assad asking him to intervene and rescue his Palestinian organizations that were faltering under the blows of the Lebanese resistance. The Arabs then issued a call for a summit in Riyadh at the behest of the Saudi regime and its partner the Syrian regime, and decided to send the Syrian Deterrent Forces camouflaged under an Arab cover, and they entered to rescue the Palestinians and not the "Christians as some claim."

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