Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)
The new comic series "Captain Israel" is being distributed in Europe and the United States, on street corners and in newspapers, with the aim of winning fans for Israel.
Captain Israel is the creation of StandWithUs, a non-profit pro-Israel education and advocacy organization based in Los Angeles, that works at fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and sponsors its own Taglit-Birthright trip to Israel.
“For almost two thousand years, no other state or unique national group developed in Palestine; instead, different empires and peoples came, colonized, rules, and disappeared—but Jewish communities remained throughout the ages…” Captain Israel declares in the first edition of the comic.
StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said the character was introduced 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.”
The comic is devoted to “establishing a hero, establishing roots, [and] countering the venomous BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] 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,” Rothstein told the Jerusalem Post.