Friday, January 14, 2011

A Political Cartoon From 2004

This cartoon is from 2004, I found it on a blog about Middle East Cartoons I'm posting what I think of different political cartoons for a homework assignment. I'm trying to keep them related to Israel, and Jewish interests. This is my 3rd cartoon. I have to do 3 more after this one. 

1. What is the event or issue that inspired the cartoon?
This cartoon was made in 2004. The issue that inspired this cartoon is that Israel controls were American goes.

2. Are there any real people in the cartoon? Who is portrayed in the cartoon?
No there are no real people in this cartoon, in this cartoon the only person is a cartoon Jew, and his back is to us. The picture mostly is of the American flag wit the Jewish star peaking through.

3. If yes to #2, what feature of that person is characterized?

4. Are there any symbols in the cartoon? What are they and what do they represent?
The symbols in the cartoon are the Jewish star, and the US flag. The Jewish star is sort of like shadowing behind the red stripes were the Jewish cartoon boy is pulling down the stripe. This represents that the Jewish boy is pulling on Israel, or in large terms, Israel is pulling on America.

5. Does the cartoon use labeling or buttons? Explain.
The cartoon has a caption at the bottom that says: The World: Where is America?!! This means that the cartoon is making  fun of were American is. Another label that all cartoons have are the artists signature in the bottom right corner. One give away that this is a biased cartoon is that the cartoon appears to be signed by an Arabic speaking person.

6. What is the cartoonist’s opinion about the topic portrayed in the cartoon?
The cartoonist's opinion about the topic portrayed is that Americas international affairs depend on what Israel wants.

7. What is another opinion a person could have about the issue treated in the cartoon? How could the cartoon be revised to communicate that opinion?
Another opinion which I agree with on the topic is that Israel and America are allies. Neither has a major impact over the other. I think Israel would like to have more of an impact on Americas international affairs for national security reasons but frankly it doesn't. Oh and Israel does not always listen to what the White House asks. Recently Israel said no to delaying settlement growth for another 3 or so month. They put there foot down and said no, you might be able to bully other countries into doing what you want, but not us.

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