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Anti-Defamation League Blasts Literature Opposing Circumcision as Anti-Semitic

 

By Ann K. Williams
Lookout Staff

June 7, 2011 – In the latest twist on the attempt to ban circumcision in Santa Monica, a comic book written by one of the movement's leaders has provoked controversy far beyond the reach of the proposed ballot measure.

“Foreskin Man,” written by Matthew Hess – president of MGMbill.org, the group backing the local anti-circumcision measure – features a blond superman who thwarts “Monster Mohel,” a claw-fingered, hooked-nosed, dark-skinned demoniacal figure who tries to circumcise baby “Glick Sacks.”

“'Foreskin Man,' with its grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes, reaches a new low and is disrespectful and deeply offensive,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Associate Regional Director Nancy J. Appel said in a statement released Friday.

“Some of the imagery calls to mind age-old anti-Semitic canards such as the blood libel, the accusation that Jews ritually murder Christian children,” said Appel. “Another comic in the series also calls up more subtle anti-Jewish themes, such as when a character complains that the 'pro-circumcision lobby' has 'all of the well-connected doctors and lawyers.'”

Hess has responded in press reports to the ADL's claims by saying the comic is “humanistic,” not anti-Semitic.

When asked by the Lookout for further comment, Hess said to keep track of his twitter feed.

“Foreskin Man is neither anti-Semitic nor anti-physician. But those who cut innocent children will be drawn like the villains that they are” he posted at twitter account !/mgmbill Monday afternoon.

Hess's website comes with trading cards including one for “Monster Mohel.” The flip side of the card closes with the threat that his foes “will have to pry the scissors from his cold, dead hands.” Another card depicts Jorah, Mohel's uzi-toting henchman who wears shoulder-length sidelocks.

The storyline involves a woman married to “Jethro Sacks” who tricks her into circumcising their son against her will. “Did you really think I was going to deprive our son of his Jewish heritage?” Jethro asks after Mohel and his cronies burst upon the scene. The mother's sister says that “Jethro gives me the creeps. I tried to talk Sarah out of marrying him...”

These details and others like them have provoked outrage and led to coverage of the story across the nation and even outside of it.

The controversy made it into Saturday's Jerusalem Post, and the New York Daily News covered it this weekend, as did scores of national newspapers and blogs. Closer to home, the Los Angeles Times and the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles gave the issue column inches Friday and Saturday.

A google search of “anti-circumcision anti-Semitic” yields a growing number of news stories about the controversy. Those who feel the need to verify the existence of the offending comics and trading cards can go to www.foreskinman.com

 

“'Foreskin Man,' with its grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes, reaches a new low and is disrespectful and deeply offensive,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Associate Regional Director Nancy J. Appel

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