UPenn community slams lecturer’s antisemitic cartoons

The University of Pennsylvania has been embroiled in yet another scandal since October 7th. Communication school lecturer Dwayne Booth has come under fire from critics for his political cartoons, which they say are anti-Semitic.

One of the booth’s illustrations: “Slaughterhouse” Shown by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu It has glowing red eyes, is covered in blood, and is holding a knife.

The controversial image was Published in the booths personal websiteat, he uses the pen name Mr. Fish.

in another manga, an Israeli and an American man are seen drinking blood from a wine glass with “Gaza” written on it. This has been criticized as blood libel, a reference to Nazi propaganda that claimed Jews used the blood of Christian children in religious ceremonies. One of his particularly harrowing images entitled “The Executioner’s Song” show the baby He held a gun to his head with the Israeli flag engraved on it.

There is also an illustration called “Never Again and Again and Again and Again”. It seems to indicate Emaciated Jews during the Holocaust hold up posters protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Another, “Birth of a New Nation,” depicts a skeletal hand tearing apart the Israeli flag.

Outrage over Booth’s cartoons motivated Penn interim president J. Larry Jameson to: make a statement While reaffirming the academic freedom of educators, he called the cartoon “reprehensible.”

In one disturbing cartoon, Mr. Booth, under the pseudonym Mr. Fish, depicts a young child with an Israeli-branded gun held to his head. Dwayne Booth/
Booth teaches two courses on comic book production at the University of Pennsylvania.

Booth is a lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication, where he teaches political cartooning. According to Annenberg’s website, he currently teaches two courses. Graphic Content: Political Cartoons, Comics, Uncensored Artists” and “Illness and Satire: The Madness of Humor and How It Keeps Us Sane.”

Raphael Englander, an 18-year-old University of Pennsylvania freshman from Philadelphia, wrote an editorial about the controversy in the student newspaper, saying that even though “the content of Booth’s class was really interesting,” he refused to leave the class after the class was over. I wrote that I cannot receive it. I’m looking at Booth’s cartoon.

Cartoonist Dwayne Booth is a lecturer in the School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Annenberg School for Communication

“As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I could never have imagined taking these courses now,” he wrote. “How could he? His work simultaneously propagates the conspiracy that murdered my own family and mocks their memory by obscuring their murders to the Jewish state.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian’s editorial team rejected Englander’s submission, citing character limits, and plans to publish a similar opinion piece on the subject in an email seen by the Post.

The post could not find the referenced part. The Daily Pennsylvanian did not respond to a request for comment.

In one cartoon, Booth depicted Benjamin Netanyahu as a butcher holding a Palestinian flag. Dwayne Booth/

Englander said he was “reluctant to publicly address anti-Semitism on campus,” but that Booth’s cartoon felt like “a switch was flipped.”

“I am both angry and saddened that an instructor at my university is creating and sharing anti-Semitic cartoons,” Englander, a Jewish studies major, told the Post. “While I feel safe on campus, I have many friends and acquaintances who don’t feel safe. There have been many concrete examples of anti-Semitism recently, including these cartoons.”

Booth’s faculty profile lists him as a cartoonist and freelance writer.

Critics claim the professor’s cartoon promotes the anti-Semitic trope of blood libel. Dwayne Booth/

“Dwayne Booth writes and speaks about the importance of preserving political cartoons as a unique global language with a greater ability to provoke discussion and explore deeper conversations than verbal commentary alone. There it is written.

According to his LinkedIn profileMr. Booth has been a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania since 2014 and was an adjunct professor at Barnard College and Columbia University in 2017.

When asked for comment, a University of Pennsylvania spokesperson referred the Post to Interim President Jameson’s Feb. 4 statement. It was posted on the university’s Instagram account.

In one cartoon, Booth depicts an emaciated Holocaust victim holding a Free Palestine poster in his hand. Dwayne Booth/

“I found [Booth’s cartoons] “It is reprehensible, a symbol of anti-Semitism, and antithetical to our efforts to combat hate,” Jameson wrote. “For me, it is painful to see the suffering and tragic loss of non-combatants in Israel and Gaza become fodder for satire.”

In a statement, Jameson clarified that the cartoon was posted on Booth’s personal website and was not viewed in class, and cited efforts to combat anti-Semitism on campus.

After the Oct. 7 incident, the University of Pennsylvania was cited for failing to address anti-Semitism on campus, leading to the resignation of former president Liz McGill.

Pro-Palestinian messages were projected onto University of Pennsylvania campus buildings last semester. police free pen
In December, a sign on campus read “Liberate Palestine” graffiti.

In recent months, protesters on campus have chanted “We are Hamas.” signs are satisfied “Free Palestine” and “From the River to the Sea” were projected onto the building’s facade.

Jewish students have also sued universities for failing to protect them, citing violations of civil rights laws.When applying for a pen declined to commentthen the incident is fired by the Ministry of Education.

Mr Jameson, who was appointed in December following Mr McGill’s resignation, reaffirmed Mr Booth’s right to free speech while condemning the cartoon.

Former school president Liz McGill resigned after her testimony before Congress about anti-Semitism on campus drew harsh criticism. Reuters

“At the University of Pennsylvania, we have a fundamental commitment to open expression and academic freedom,” he wrote. “We also have a responsibility to speak out against what we find offensive, recognizing the right and ability of members of our community to express their views, no matter how distasteful. That’s what you do.”

In response to Jameson’s statement, Booth told the Post: “It is truly unfortunate that Mr. Jameson’s statement seeks to quell controversy by paying homage to those who seek to limit free speech, academic freedom, and attack independent journalism in order to silence debate.” Rather than encourage it. ”

He also said, “I don’t see how my work spreads conspiracies at all.”

“The work in question would be misinterpreted if viewers saw it as directly ambiguous about what happened in Nazi Germany,” Booth wrote. “Having said that, the only thing that can be compared between Israel’s actions and Germany’s actions in the 1930s and 40s is that both Germany and Israel carried out similar operations of mass slaughter of defenseless civilians. That’s not a wrong opinion, and I’m not alone in using history to point out comparable details that might be helpful in the discussion around current issues in Gaza. ”

Penn Interim President J. Larry Jameson called Booth’s cartoon “reprehensible.” Karen Gowen Photography/Penn Medicine

In a public statement, the professor claimed that his provocative cartoons are part of a long-standing tradition of provocation.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve felt a passionate reaction to my work, and it’s not unique to me at all,” Booth said. he wrote on his Instagram “Cartoonists have been willing to take such aim for literally centuries…As always, in the name of truth, justice, and love, please step forward.”