Eli Valley is a cartoonist for The Forward whose work has included everything from comics about Jewish superhero cliches to strips that portray Evangelical Zionists as bloodthirsty lunatics. But his most recent comic strip critiquing aspects of Jewish culture in the United States and comparing Middle Eastern people to chimpanzees is so controversial that The Forward refused to print it.
Called "Dawn of the Chimpanzee!," the comic strip begins with two monkey heads that state: "Relax folks! We're just a metaphor!" and "Besides chimpanzees are fuzzy wuzzy cute!" Some have taken offense at the illustration, while others have called it thought provoking and brilliant. Haaretz responded to it by saying, "We may disagree with the cartoon's sentiment, but we cannot accuse it of ignorance."
You can see the comic strip at Gawker by clicking here. (Click on the image at the bottom of Gawker's post to enlarge it and read the text.) I'd love to hear your thoughts about the cartoon. What is your reaction to it?