StandWithUs is serious about their Captain Israel campaign. Since January 2011, StandWithUs has been publishing Captain Israel comic books to deflect criticism against the state of Israel by not-so-subtly ignoring historical accuracy and smearing nonviolent solidarity campaigns against the occupation.
So far, only two comics have been released. The first issue, published in January, presents a modified version of Israel’s history. The second issue, released in May, demonizes the BDS movement as an anti-Semitic tactic. In the still unreleased third issue, Captain Israel “confronts the UN”.
I’ve had a few run-ins with StandWithUs in the past and from what I gather, the organization is committed to justifying even the most unlawful of Israel’s actions by excusing the occupation as a necessity to protect Jews from further global persecution. Although it describes itself as an educational group, the organization is notorious for its twisting of facts, its “thuggish smear tactics“, and its explicitly negative attitude toward Islam which it regularly identifies as the source of today’s hostilities against Jewish existence. In fact, a 2009 report reveals that StandWithUs receives funding from backers of anti-Muslim groups and propagandists that promote increased military action against Muslim-dominated Arab countries. [Read more...]