Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Negotiations 2013

Dry Bones, cartoon, Israel,Palestinians, Palestine, Palestinians, Palestine, Negotiations, Prisoner Release, Peace, Peace Agreement, Withdrawal, Israel, Bibi, Kerry, Netanyahu, Abbas, PLO,   Israeli - Palestinian negotiations.
What's going on?
I have no idea.

So I did a cartoon about what's going on in my head as I watch the unfolding news.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Swallowing The Middle East

Dry Bones, cartoon, Israel, Moslem, Muslims, jihad, Islam, Islamism, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, jihad, The countries of the Middle East are being attacked by something more sinister than a religious movement. It's Fascism dressed up as "The Religion of Peace".

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Simple Soluion to Sunni Shia Violence

Dry Bones, cartoon, Israel, Moslem, Muslims, jihad, western liberals, Islam, Islamism, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, jihad, The insane attacks by Sunni and Shia Muslims on each other is destroying hundreds of thousands of Lives.

The Dry Bones simple solution is given in the first half of today's cartoon. The second half of the cartoon shows that the problem with the solution is also simple!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stop the Music (1993)

July 18, 1993
Dry Bones cartoon: history, israel

I did today's cartoon twenty years ago back in July 1993.
Then, two months later, in September 1993:
"Labor Party leader Yitzhak Rabin became Israeli prime minister, and he vowed to move quickly on the peace process. He froze new Israeli settlements in the occupied territory and in January 1993 authorized secret negotiations between Israel and the PLO in Oslo, Norway. These talks resulted in several important agreements and led to the historic peace accord of September 13, 1993."-more

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

European Boycott

Dry Bones,cartoon, anti-Israel, antisemitism, EU, Europe, boycott, palestine, China, bangladesh, sweatshops, Double Standard,  The News:
NGO Monitor Criticizes EU Boycott of Israel
"NGO Monitor is the latest in a long list of Israeli leaders and organizations to criticize the recent decision by the European Union. The EU this week decided to have nothing to do with anything emanating from the eastern & southern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the Golan Heights."-more

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Release of Convicts (2003)

July 03, 2003
Dry Bones cartoon: Prisoner Release, Convicts, Negotiations, Palestinians, Abbas, Kerry, Pollard, Jonathan Pollard, Peace, Peace Agreement, terrorists, Terrorism, PLO, Israel

I did today's cartoon ten years ago back in 2003. The cartoon text uses accepted terminology in order to communicate smoothly. So the cartoon uses the accepted term "prisoners" rather than the more accurate "convicts."

In the latest set of rumors (2013) it seems that we're agreeing to release convicted murderers, to make Abbas and Kerry look good. Do you think that the name Pollard came up in the "prisoner" release discussions?

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Mob Rule in America

Dry Bones, cartoon, Trayvon, Trayvon Martin, race, racism, Zimmerman, riots, demonstrations, unrest, justice,  mob rule,   This latest American story is becoming a really sad affair.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Trayvon's America

Dry Bones,cartoon, Technology, Generation Gap, modern times, Telecommunications, telephone,  Watching the American media from the other side of the world is depressing. It is almost as if they have an interest in promoting riots and violence.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Not Remembering History (2003)

July 07, 2003
Dry Bones cartoon: history, shuldig, israel

I did today's cartoon ten years ago back in 2003. Now there's even more to remember.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It'a Wrap!

Dry Bones,cartoon, Technology, Generation Gap, modern times, Telecommunications, telephone,  The problem used to be trying to open child-proof lids on medicine bottles. Now it's the clear plastic packaging which is impervious to even repeated stabs with a steak knife ...a recent experience which led me to think about phone books and old timey carnival strongmen.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Missile Transfer

Dry Bones,cartoon, Israel, Obama, Syria, Russia, missiles, U.S.,  War, Hezbollah,  according to Ynet:

US sources: Israel behind Latakia attack

US sources informed CNN Saturday that Israel was behind the strike in Latakia last week.

" According to the sources, the attack was perpetrated by IAF planes, targeting Yakhont missiles.
No comment was made by Israeli sources thus far.
The sources added that Israel launched the July 5 strike in order to hit the Russian-made missiles, which Israel believed pose a threat to its forces. The officials spoke anonymously."
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So why are U.S. sources putting out this story?!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Helping Islamism (2007)

Dry Bones cartoon: Europe warns the Turkish army not to intefere with the establishment of an Islamic state.
I did today's cartoon back in 2007, when the West thwarted the Turkish Army's defense of the secular Turkish state . Will the West do the same now with the Egyptian Army?!!

How did Turkey do an Islamist Flip? I'm reposting this Golden Oldie today, along with the column that originally accompanied it in April of 2007!

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Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the modern secular state of Turkey was born in the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War II.
The leading legal reforms instituted by Mustafa Kemal included the complete separation of government and religious affairs and the adoption of a strong interpretation of the principle of laïcité in the constitution. This was coupled with the closure of Islamic courts and the replacement of Islamic canon law (1924 - 1937) with a secular civil code modeled after Switzerland and a penal code modeled after the Italian Penal Code (1924 - 1937). The reforms also instituted legal equality between the sexes and the granting of full political rights to women on December 5, 1934, well before several other European nations. -more

The Turkish Army is the "Guardian" of the secular state and functions as a block against the establishment of Islamic rule. Unfortunately, today's Europe is unhappy with that fact.

EU Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn, speaking at an international conference in Brussels, noted that the recent controversy in Turkey was a litmus test for the military to respect democracy, BBC reported.

EU officials believe that the recent reaction by the Turkish military to the country's democratic process indicates the likelihood of them interfering in the election procedures.

At the first round of parliamentary votes on Friday, the present foreign minister and AK party candidate, Abdullah Gul, narrowly failed to win. The Turkish army then issued a statement saying it would defend the country's established secular principles.
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Your thoughts?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

High Hopes for Egypt

Dry Bones,cartoon,Israel,Riots, protests, demonstrations, Egypt, morsi, President, Democracy, Egypt, Egyptians Riots, Moslem Brotherhood, Islamism, unrest, Arab Spring, Arab Revolt, Arabs, Middle East, Democracy,revolution, independence, American Revolution, Cairo,  A secular democratic Egypt would be a blessing for the region.
Hey, I'm allowed to dream
...aren't I?

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Historic Times (2003)

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July 21, 2003
Dry Bones, cartoon, golden oldie, Israel, Jews, Jewish, mid-east, middle east, arab world,

I did this cartoon ten years ago.

The situation today is not murky. It's clear. We are watching a world war between the Iranian Shia Islamists and the Arab Sunni Islamists.

Meanwhile, in Egypt:
After watching the Egyptian Revolution being sidetracked by a President who grabbed dictatorial power, I'm now watching the western media repeating the mantra that he was elected fairly and that the Egyptian army's having responded to the demands of the people was a "coup"!! The media is not covering the Egyptian story any better than they usually cover the situation here in Israel.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

The People of Egypt

Dry Bones,cartoon,Israel,Riots, protests, demonstrations, Egypt, morsi, President, Democracy, Egypt, Egyptians Riots, Moslem Brotherhood, Islamism, unrest, Arab Spring, Arab Revolt, Arabs, Middle East, Democracy,revolution, independence, American Revolution, Cairo,  From the American Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Snooping on Allies?

Dry Bones cartoon: Jonathan Pollard, Pollard, Jews, America, American Jews, Jewish Organizations, Israel,
How long can this vengeful punishment of Jonathan go on?

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Celebrating (July 4 1977)

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July 04, 1977
Dry Bones, cartoon, golden oldie, israel,

I drew this cartoon exactly thirty six years ago. July 4th 1977. It was the first anniversary of that amazing, daring rescue at Entebbe Airport. The operation had not only snatched the hostages out of their place of captivity, but had also dragged the country out of the dark depths of despair.

Here's the cartoon that I'd done the year before, when the rescue took place.

For info about the Entebbe raid... and to see actual 1976 TV coverage of the event click here.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013


Taliban, USA, Surrender, obama, vietnam afghanistan  : Dry Bones cartoon.
Time out from watching Egypt, Syria, and Iraq.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Egyptian Demonstrations

Dry Bones,cartoon,Israel,Riots, protests, demonstrations, Egypt, morsi, President, Democracy, Egypt, Egyptians Riots, Moslem Brotherhood, Islamism, unrest, Arab Spring, Arab Revolt, Arabs, Middle East, News,   I live in Israel, a tiny island of democracy in the region. Watching the unfolding events in Egypt, not too many miles from where , prompted me to do today's somewhat sad cartoon.

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Monday, July 01, 2013


Dry Bones,cartoon,Ecuador, Wikileaks, snowdon, whistleblowers, USA, spies, Spying, The Guardian tries to anwers a number of questions I've been asking myself:
Why do whistleblowers go to Ecuador?
The country sheltering Julian Assange is now waiting to welcome Edward Snowden. What is the appeal of Ecuador (apart from the gorgeous scenery and idyllic climate)

Name: Ecuador
Age: 183.
Appearance: Safety
Ecuador the country? Yes, that Ecuador, the little democratic republic nestled between Colombia and Peru, known for its snow-capped mountains, dense rainforest and rich history spanning the ancient Incas and independence via colonial struggle and coups.
Oh. I was thinking of the Julian Assange place. That's also them. Ecuador has been sheltering the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London for more than a year.
And what's the latest? They could be about to get their hands on another whistleblower.
That Edward Snowden bloke? Yes, him. Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño Aroca, announced that the country has received an asylum request from Snowden on Sunday.
Does that mean he's definitely on his way there? His friends at WikiLeaks think so. They released a statement on Sunday saying he was "bound for a democratic nation via a safe route".
How mysterious. It went on: "Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed."
Less mysterious. What can he expect from life in Ecuador? That depends where he ends up. The three regions – the Costa, Sierra and El Oriente – have their own celebrations, food and culture.
But broadly speaking? Festivals. Loads of festivals. Every city has at least one of its own.
And that's why whistleblowers choose Ecuador? Probably not, no. More likely because, while Ecuador has signed a bilateral extradition treaty with the US, it considers a few other documents more important.
Such as? Such as the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention. The Ecuadorian government cited both after they granted Assange diplomatic asylum on the grounds he "would not have a fair trial" if extradited to the US.
So Ecuador just happens to love granting asylum? No, not at all. In fact, new laws introduced last year – and earlier in 2010 – have made it far harder for refugees to seek asylum in the country.
But they make space for whistleblowers? If they blow the right whistles. Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, is an outspoken critic of the US government.
What are you implying? Just that he's unlikely to lose too much sleep if his commitment to human rights involves tweaking US noses so hard it hurts.
Do say: "Land of the free, home of the brave …"
Don't say: "… wait, sorry, that's someone else's song."?

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