Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The Jerusalem Post reports about "Captain Israel" a kind of local variation on Captain America, which is going to serve partly as an educational book about Israel's history and the hero's nemeses will include allusions to anti-Israelists who condone boycotts, divesting, and sanctions (abbreviated as "BDS"):
Roz Rothstein, the CEO of Stand With Us, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the comic book was being developed at this point in time because “as Israel’s Jewish connection to Israel and the land is always being challenged, we wanted to reestablish our Jewish roots and make sure that everyone understood the history, stuff we know and take for granted and that others try to chip away at.”

She said the comic was devoted to “establishing a hero, establishing roots, [and] countering the venomous BDS movement.

We’re in the business of branding the movement so that it’s clear that the players that promote boycotting Israel are not well-intentioned.”

Indeed, in the unreleased second issue, Captain Israel will face his first arch-nemesis as he “exposes the extremists behind the Venomous Snake Charmer BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions),” a sharp-fanged serpent meant to represent the world’s supporters of the BDS movement against Israel.


The comic book’s first issue was released in a limited run to attendees of Stand With Us’s annual Festival of Lights event on December 12. This week they’ve decided to begin promoting the first issue, which focuses on an interpretation of Jewish history and the events that led to Israel’s founding, as well as the subsequent wars with the neighboring Arab states.

The history lesson is narrated by Captain Israel, who “was there when Jewish civilization and national identity were founded 3,000 years ago in the land of Israel.”
Very impressive. I think even Armenia should try something like this (maybe call their protagonist "Captain Armenia" or "Captain Yerevan"?), that could even provide some historical context into the Turkish Ottoman Empire's massacre of 1.5 million Armenians during WW1.

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