Eli Belly Crosses the Line

Heeb wishes a hearty mazel tov to cartoonist Eli Valley and welcomes him to our little family of Jewish satirists who have been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for being brutally and graphically frank about subjects which the organization’s national director Abraham Foxman selectively deems beyond the pale.

In an interview with the Algemeiner, Foxman, who once said, “I think what Eli Belly [sic] does is fine,” now says that his latest comic is “offensive and obnoxious and crosses the line.”

The cartoon, “The Hater in the Sky,” published by the progressive Israeli magazine +972, depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goading President Barack Obama into sacrificing life, limb and dignity for the state of Israel. Despite the President making even the gravest of sacrifices – going so far as to allow his limbless torso to be sodomized by Netanyahu – the Prime Minister and pro-Israel hawks continue to doubt the authenticity of the President’s commitment to Israel.

“Cartoonists usually have much greater leeway of criticism because they are cartoonists, but even within that framework it crosses the line,” Foxman said.

When asked his feelings about Foxman’s remarks, Valley told Heeb, “I went over it in Photoshop this weekend because the lettering wasn’t entirely legible when reduced. I’m glad he liked the final version.”

What do you think?

About The Author

Daniel Sieradski

Daniel Sieradski is a writer, web designer, new media producer and Heeb's resident Digital Strategist. He is also the founder of Occupy Judaism, ProgressiveJews.org, Jew It Yourself, Jewschool.com and a billion-and-one other digital age Jewish ventures. He has been called "a major figure of the Jewish Internet world" by the Forward, which counted him among the 2010 Forward 50, and a "professional thorn in the side of the American Jewish establishment" by Haaretz.

2 Responses

  1. Jeff

    Tasteless, self-hating and blood-libelous – what’s not to like?


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