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All Too Familiar

Monday, 6 June 2011

The highlight of my 10th grade history class was the mock trial we held in the Spring semester. It was a reenactment of the Nuremberg Trials and I was on the prosecution team assigned to Julius Streicher. In the prehistoric days before the Internet, such a project required many, many hours of library research. As a young Jew, it was particularly empowering to have the opportunity to “confront” the architects of one of the darkest times in our people’s history.

In my preparation, I sifted through scores of propagandist articles and cartoons that were run in the weekly Nazi rag, Der Strümer as well as comic books, games, and films. The Nazi propaganda machine was one of the most effective weapons in its arsenal for it reached every member of German society, stoking the flames of hatred from every conceivable angle.

But that was then. Not now. And it was there. And not here.

Except that such vile and hate-filled caricatures are here. Now.

This grotesque creature is the featured antagonist in a new comic book series, Foreskin Man. It is produced by the founder of the organization behind the proposed legislation to delegalize circumcisions and is being used to further their agenda. Legislation, by the way, that its supporters insist is not anti-semitic.

There are those who are quick to criticize the Jewish community for seeing anti-Semitism around every corner. But it seems that once again…sadly…we were right.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Former Reform Jew permalink
    Monday, 6 June 2011 6:51 am

    Most of the major proponents of the brit ban are Jewish progressive men.

    “I can’t be antisemitic – I’m Jewish myself!”

    Fine. They don’t hate people who happened to be born to Jewish parents. They hate G-d, and this proposed law is their Tower of Bavel.

    They’re not antisemites in the strict sense of the term; they don’t hate Jews, they hate Judaism.

  2. Monday, 6 June 2011 7:05 am

    I find the comic offensive for its portrayal of circumcision as mutilation–for the atrocious faces of the supposed “perpetrators” of the “crime.”

    Granted, the subject-matter is not often brought up in conversation, but in many years of open conversations, I have never heard a circumcised man complain of PTSD or similar as the result of his parents’ decision. Surely there are more traumatic aspects of childhood.

    So while I stand on the ignorant fence in understanding your sacred religious tradition, I cannot support the vile hatred that seems to spew from the site you referenced. I’m so sorry…

    • zemirah permalink
      Monday, 6 June 2011 8:08 pm

      The comic is horrendous. Disgusting. Ugh.

      But to reply to Britton Minor; some people do have extreme reactions as adults to their infant circumcisions. My uncle, for example is deeply traumatized by it, and has undergone reconstructive surgery. I’m not anti-circumcision, and I absolutely agree that people can have issues from all sorts of things. Perhaps if my uncle hadn’t been circumcised, he would have found trauma in some other aspect of his childhood – entirely possible. I just wanted to let you know that such people are out there, and are normal, quiet, peace-loving men. (Unlike those we most often hear from in the media).

      • Wednesday, 8 June 2011 8:34 am

        I am so sorry for your uncle’s trauma–thank you for the enlightenment.

  3. Monday, 6 June 2011 10:55 am

    The ADL has issued a very well written statement http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/6064_12.htm

  4. Monday, 6 June 2011 12:51 pm

    One word came to mind when I saw the picture: ugly.

  5. threadzofblue permalink
    Thursday, 9 June 2011 10:17 am

    Foreskin Man? Pardon me, while I go bang my head against the wall….

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