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Eli Valley’s Israel Man and Diaspora Boy

To many people, the concept of Zionism signifies the establishment of a Jewish State, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or cheesy Eurotechno discos on the beach. But from its inception, Zionist philosophy was imbued with some rather startling attitudes towards Diaspora Jews. Whether in Zionist ideology, in ways in which the nascent state conceived its identity, or in contemporary Israel-Diaspora relations, the philosophy known as "Negation of the Diaspora" has been one of the most persistent elements of Zionist discourse. In honor of Israel's 60th Anniversary, Jewcy comic artist Eli Valley explores this aspect of Zionist mythology with superheroes that would fit seamlessly into almost any Jewish educational setting today.

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