By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler
The Onion, that satirical publication out to make fun of any and every thing they can find, has a scandalous but insightful approach to Israel’s recent controversial operation in Gaza. Their “Point, Counterpoint” section has these headlines:
Point: “The Israeli Conflict Is Far Too Nuanced And Complex To Sum Up In One Op-Ed”
Counterpoint: “Not If You Hate Jews!”
Through humor, the Onion expresses an emerging reality after the War in Gaza: despite its popularity within Israel, its disproportionate number of Palestinian deaths aroused considerable media attention, followed by a swath of anti-Israel rhetoric from advocates of the Gazans’ cause. Yet much of that anti-Israel rhetoric has escalated into outright anti-Semitism, and the Anti-Defamation League has released a number of reports documenting the increasingly worrying anti-Semitic acts occurring around the world under the guise of anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian geopolitics.
From an Onion article entitled “Lieberman’s Overlords Most Displeased”:
The nine executive overlords of Sen. Joseph Lieberman are most displeased with the Connecticut lawmaker’s repeated insolence. “We asked the earthling Lieberman to secure the American vice presidency, and yet again he has failed us,” Overlord Xinos IV said in a statement issued telepathically from his prefrontal cortex. “Rest assured, this lowly worm shall pay dearly for his incompetence. That is all.” While the Elders of the High Council of Minerva have not yet settled on an appropriate punishment, they are reportedly considering some combination of spine extraction, laser eye-immolation, and a highly complicated process whereby the four-term senator’s pathetic earth body would be condensed into a small pellet and shot at high speeds into the planet’s molten core.
The Agriprocessors saga continues, with serious implications for Jews everywhere. No matter how sobering and grave the fallout continues to be, though, The Onion had no problem taking it up in the most recent edition of “American Voices“:
Is 57 the number of child labor violations it takes to make something kosher?
(Hat tip Mixed Multitudes.)