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Harvey Pekar, Graphic Art and Israeli State Policy

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"If he [Pekar & Waldman] had written a book criticizing Muslims it could cost the lives of an American ambassador, members of his staff, destruction and riots and reveal the fanatical hatred of our country. Picking on Jews is the only fair game. Of course you won't post my comments to your distribution."

The point is, here's a quite liberal man who has such a closed mind when it comes to things Israel he condemns a nuanced and complex book he has apparently not even seen. He even compares it to the amateurish, bigoted video slandering Mohammed as a child-molester, a homosexual and a womanizer.

I don't mean to pick on my pro-Israel Jewish friend, but it raises the question now on the front burner how is war going to be avoided in the Middle East if American Jews think like this -- or more accurately, don't allow themselves to think out of the Likud box.

I would recommend the Pekar/Waldman book to anyone, Jew or Gentile, who has questions about the current severe lock-down of right-wing policy ideas vis-a-vis the State of Israel. I'd also recommend it to those who don't understand such questions -- and should. Even if we may be approaching a point where it's tragically too late to avoid a major conflagration, it's never too late to wise up and open our minds.

A nuanced and adult, graphically imagined meander through Harvey Pekar's rich mind can't hurt; it may help dislodge some of the locked-up wheels and gears in too many brainpans when it comes to Israel.

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