Jewish Activists Up in Arms After 'Circumcision Ban Superhero' Comic

by Tanya Thomas on  June 5, 2011 at 11:53 PM Lifestyle News
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A ballot measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco has taken a strange twist with the publication of a comic book in which an anti-circumcision superhero battles evil Jewish characters who recall the stereotypical images of classic anti-Semitism.
 Jewish Activists Up in Arms After 'Circumcision Ban Superhero' Comic
Jewish Activists Up in Arms After 'Circumcision Ban Superhero' Comic
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The book "Foreskin Man" has been written and created by Matthew Hess, one of the leaders behind the initiative to ban circumcision.

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In the book, the blond superhero takes on "Monster Mohel"-a bearded, black-hatted man with bloody scissors.

In the traditional Jewish community, a mohel is a person trained to perform circumcisions.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), organized to fight anti-Semitism, issued a statement sharply attacking the publication, which it called "an advocacy campaign taken to a new low."

"This is a sensitive, serious issue where good people can disagree," the ADL statement said.

"Foreskin Man,' with its grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes, reaches a new low and is disrespectful and deeply offensive," it added.

Hess said that he is not trying to be anti-Semitic, but is trying to be pro-human through his publication.

The measure will be on the ballot in San Francisco in November. Hess is also seeking to put a similar measure on the ballot in Santa Monica.

Source: ANI
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