First Place:Brexit Arielle Lichtman, 17, Moshav HaSharon, IsraelThe caricature I made is in the context of the Brexit. It shows the European Union (EU) as an elderly woman trying to hide her pubic with a cloak in the colors of the English flag. As a symbol of the European Union, I chose a woman, because Europe is the name of a woman from the Greek mythology (the love of Zeus). Her hair decoration consists of the stars taken from the flag of the European Union.The EU has long suffered from many problems, including the debt crisis of countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain, the refugee problem and structural problems, as reflected in riots in France, the strengthening of the right, the desire of some EU member states to push for autonomy. It is the “nakedness” of Europe which is depicted in the caricature. Brexit – the expected departure of Great Britain from the European Union – is the reaction of the British people to these problems.Europe has done and continues to do everything to prevent or make it difficult implement Brexit, because this departure betrays her weakness and emphasizes her “nakedness.” These desperate attempts are depicted in a caricature in the way Europe tries to hide its nakedness. At the same time, Europe is also conducting strict negotiations with England on the conditions of departure – kind of a punishment for its departure. This harsh conduct is presented in the cartoon, with one leg of Europe placed on the robe carrying the colors of the Union Jack, symbolizing Great Britain.
First Place:Fake News Elgin Cebreros, 16, PhilippinesSo this picture shows what fake news mean. Fake news or junk news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media, or online social media. The false information is often produced by reporters paying sources for stories, an unethical practice called “checkbook journalism”. The news is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media, but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well. Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership. Similarly, Clickbait stories and headlines earn advertising revenues from this activity. The relevance of fake news has increased in post-truth politics. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenues. If publishing a story with false content attracts users, this benefits advertisers and improves ratings. Easy access to online advertisement revenue, increased political polarization, and the popularity of social media, primarily the Facebook News Feed, have all been implicated in the spread of fake news, which competes with legitimate news stories. Hostile government actors have also been implicated in generating and propagating fake news, particularly during elections.
Second Place: Comparison Kirill Usachev, 15, RussiaComparison of good and bad. Protect the nature and ecology of our planet
Third Place:The power of words Gil Eilat, 16, Modiin, IsraelThis cartoon is about the power words have in the internet, in bad situations as well as in good ones.
The most powerful cure Nina Tessa, 17, Rosario, ArgentinaI had once heard that education was the best cure for ignorance and fear. And it’s true: The more we learn about what’s happening around us, how people’s different minds work and the more we take into account certain facts about religions and governments, the better we understand what’s going on. And that helps us think about whether what the media tells us is true or not.
You’re the Problem! Loretta Martin, 17, EstoniaWhen climate change is the topic – very often it is argued that the actions of individuals are the cause. That if they gave up all their necessities, then the problem would be fixed. What is blatantly ignored most of the time is that one of the biggest CO2 sources right now are big industries and the burning of fossil fuels. No amount of veganism or natural fiber bags can outweigh the damage done by giant companies and the irresponsibility of countries when it comes to the care of our environment.
The Garbage Monster Lalain Iqbal Khan, 17, Islamabad, PakistanNowadays , the never-ending production of waste looms over us as a ‘Monster’ problem. We better do something about it.
The Bordere Keren Slomowitz, 17, Raanana, IsraelI decided to critique the way in which students with ADD\ADHD are treated in schools. Most have minor concentration issues, and yet every person to be tested comes back with positive results and a prescription to keep them from tapping their and speaking out loud legs to sitting in chairs and listening. The side affects of Ritalin and other perscripted drugs meant to help with concentration have various side affects such as a lack of appetite, isolation, elevated heart rate and more. I decided to focus on the way Ritalin tends to drain people of emotion, leaving them with the choices of being an emotionless robot with good grades, or ruining their future in favor of having feelings for another day. In my opinion there shouldn’t even be a dilemma, but a solution to this problem so many people such as my friends, family and myself struggle with.
Hopeless Perach Ahunov, 15, IsraelIn my work I expressed my opinion about the abandonment and the negligence of the homeless. Their abandonment by the authorities might lead to their death, and therefore I am protesting against the silence of society. The homeless has lost everything he had and is being exposed daily to hunger, thirst, and other serious dangers to his life. He is still a human being entitled to basic human conditions, ongoing assistance and rehabilitation, but welfare agencies pose difficulties and excuses that prevent him from receiving them. The lack of caring and the indifference of society enrages me. No one is immune from becoming a homeless person himself, and we as a community and a people must take responsibility to the welfare and protection of the weakest amongst us.
Who really deserves healthcare? Blanka Simonsson, 15, Eskilstuna, SwedenThe money hospitals are provided with to treat patients is difficult to divide. A large portion of patients need the healthcare for situations they could have easily prevented themselves, like drugs, smoking, alcohol abuse, problems caused by overeating, and rotting teeth. If they had simply put more care into their own health and well-being situations like this could be averted. On the other hand, patients with serious unpredictable and unpreventable illnesses and injuries come in as well. Money that could be spent to further help a patient battling cancer instead goes to an irresponsible drinker, or a child who refuses to brush their mouth full of decaying teeth.
The trend is in yellow vests Pauline Rouzet, 17, Marseille, FranceIn France, since November the popular movement of yellow vests protests seems to have amassed a lot of public support. It quickly gained momentum and many politicians rushed to show their support for the yellow vests, including Marine Le Pen. For some, this is a testimony of a systematic political recovery. Indeed, the movement was initially apolitical and supposed to gather all the French. Have the politicians made the yellow vests a “mainstream” phenomenon? I chose to take the images of a fashion magazine, portraying Marine Le Pen, who is proudly wearing her yellow vest.
Twitter Fake News Alex Muñoz, 14, Barcelona, SpainIn this cartoon I criticize the fake news and the ways politicians and other important people use them to influence the believes or actions of people through lies. Nowadays, in the era of social media, Twitter Is the most important tool in this respect.
TrumpVille Daniel Tommer, 16, Haifa, IsraelThis piece of art shows a dark yet funny side to politics and economics. As a person who isn’t very experienced in politics, I found this a challenge. I had to find a clever way for my drawing to touch on politics, but not in a way that would bring nothing but sorrow to the person who views it. And so I added a bit of dark humor to a scary concept along with my love of comics. What we have here before us is Trump as the terrifying titan Thanos from Marvel comics. He is carrying the power of the Infinity Gauntlet, able to destroy everything in a flash. In the movie Avengers: Infinity War Thanos destroys half of all living life in the universe, I took this concept and simply applied it to politics; and so, in this piece Trump destroys half the economy. I found no better candidate to pose as the terrifying yet goofy looking villain than Trump, the politician who is the pinnacle of comedy in my opinion.
The lies we tell ourselves Yuval Beider, 14, Jerusalem, IsraelThis cartoon is meant to raise awareness of the lies that those around us are telling us about ourselves and make us believe in something we are not. This can affect our personality, our day-to-day life, and even those who come in contact with us.“Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.” Steve Maraboli
The Fingers Affair Naama Sapir, 17, Sderot, IsraelMy cartoon criticizes the credibility of Bibi Netanyahu, in light of the many legal cases he has been implicated with in the last several years. In my cartoon I want to show how ridiculous and false Bibi’s words and actions are and how we as a nation must wake up because all we do is accepting his obvious lies and forgetting about his many previous scandals and the corruption that they had revealed.
Target and Machines Irina Galchina, 17, RussiaExplanation on the Board
Inequality Klaudia Esperjesi, 17, Szerencs, HungaryHave you ever realized how much water we use without even noticing? I guess you drink a cup of coffee every day. Well, that takes 140 liters to produce it. My cartoon would like to tell you how much water is used by not just wealthy people, but also by ordinary people. We use things that we do not really need. There are countries, where citizens only have poor life conditions, with lack of water or medicine. Why can’t we use less, so we would be aware of our planet and the humans inhabiting it. So, use less, in order to survive more.
The Oddity of Love Jessica Felischmann, 13, Birmingham, Alabama U.S.AThe purpose of this cartoon is to put into an image just how unusual love and kind acts have become in today’s society. It seems as though more hearts are being broken every day than hearts are being mended. Yet here and there, there are some hearts that light up the room. And even if a comforting word, a heart-felt “I love you,” or a kind smile seems odd to some people, it still can mend some of those broken hearts.
Who’s in control? Jesselyn Callista, 16, IndonesiaThis cartoon is about the technology we can happily use these days. We think we can control it as much as we want, but we are not aware that the technology that keeps rapidly developing is the one that slowly controls our minds. That boy doesn’t realize that technologies, which I pictured as robot, are trying to control his mind, while the boy thinks he is the one controlling them.
Spiritual and Scientific Knowledge and Education are the Basis of Manners Hala Kablan, 13, IsraelThe cartoon shows two figures. One of the is calm and listening, with drawers full of books; the other one is an aggressive and cruel figure who is shouting, with empty drawers.
Gaps Daniel Davidovich, 16, Binyamina, IsraelThink about that: With what we waste every additional minute in the shower, a family could have enjoyed. And we know that no one feels bad about it because we have never really figured out the proportions of what we waste. An example: In the United States, 40% of all food is thrown to the garbage cans. Just think of the many lives that could have been saved with this food, how many animals were killed for nothing, how much money was wasted and all that because of our carelessness about how much food we really need. 10% of the people in the world hold 90% of the world’s capital, which means that 6 billion people have only 10% of all the money and possessions that exist … For the tycoons, the rest of the people are just like ants that live far from their prestigious neighborhoods, and as the saying goes, far from eye, far from heart. The privileged man sits on the world and hides the ways used to create energy (the barge), which harm people’s health, so that he can continue enjoy his fortune until his last day.
Life According to Instagram Zohar Azoulay, 13, Jerusalem, IsraelThe cartoon presents the false reality presented in Instagram and other social networks, where everyone always looks happy and enjoying, although this is not always the case in reality. People feel the need to present themselves as happy, but in reality the picture is only a distortion of reality, just like a filter.
Running Away from the Worries of lifeHen Bitton, 17, Holon, IsraelThis Cartoon, ”Running Away from the Worries of Life”, tells my story. My entire life people have been saying that I’m distracted and I’m always painting. I find myself now more stressed and more worried about what is happening, but I’m not really doing anything about it, not with the situation at home or with the studies. Although I sometimes make an effort, I’m mainly absorbed in painting. My parents remind me this every day. Although I could say more words about the problems of our modern society, I thought I should tell the story from my own personal point of view. Even though the painting shows that I am supposedly calm, the problems and the issues will stop me later and I will have to deal with them eventually. The challenge is how to tackle these difficulties, to survive and move on.
The hunter Abigail Rosenfeld, 13, Mexico City, MexicoMy drawing shows a tiger with a gun and with clothes, and in front of him there is a wounded human. My work is a mockery of those who hunt just for fun, who are only taking lives without caring. The tiger represents the hunter, if only everything was different.
Hot Dog Itay Someh, 14, Rishon Letzion, IsraelI love animals and especially dogs, and to my horror I’ve heard about a phenomenon where in some countries people eat them… It was very hard for me to hear it. In my painting I gave a commentary to the Dachshund dog.
First Place:Fake Reality Yonatan Shuqrun, 16, Mevaseret TsionIn this cartoon I criticize the worst kind of fake news: The politicians’ use of social media. Social media, and especially Twitter, became the arena where everything happens in the open. In that case, many politicians tweet lies and then pretend that their tweets changed reality. Thus they can cheat and pretend they are really doing something, while in truth, they do nothing except inciting the public.
Second place:Global Warming Gil Eilat, 15, Modi’inPresident Trump denies the existence of Global Warming while personally suffering from it.
Third place:Ness or No? Yali Nitzani, 17, Hod HasharonFor generations, the existence of the Loch Ness Monster was debated. In the cartoon, the monster reads about its own non-existence, allegedly being fake news. Like the Loch Ness Monster controversy, fake news harm the public’s ability to tell the difference between real and fake.
Big Browser is Watching Naomi Halfon, 17, JerusalemThis is criticism of Google and other corporations which invade our privacy and which behind our back use data they have on us against our own interests. I equate it to George Orwel’s “1984”, where the slogan is “Big Brother is Watching”.
Piñata Noam Raviv, 14, Ra’ananaTrump and Kim Jong-un are celebrating. Their party is full of madness. The highlight of the party is a piñata, for, after all, for them the whole world is a playground.
The Painter Haya Salame (14), Roaa Fawaz (14), Walaa Salame (14), Marian Elyas (14), Evana Elyas (15), Maghar comprehensive School A Junior high, MagharThis cartoon shows how quite often media outlets and journalists don’t provide us with the true information, but rather twist and process it, adding or distracting facts they want or don’t want us to know, according to their respective interests.
The Naked Truth Mor Tabibian, 17, HolonThis cartoon deals with the terrible phenomenon of battered women. From 2014 to 2016, 74 women were murdered, and counting. It is important for me to raise this issue and to call for more serious solutions which will enable these women to rehabilitate themselves. I titled it “The Naked Truth” because it reflects the situation of these women, who, from the outside, look like “ordinary” women, but inside, on their bodies, they carry the mark of their abuse forever.
Babysitter for Baby Bibi Mati Zamir, 16, HertzliyaIt is hard to believe, but Bibi and Sarah Netanyahu, Naftali Bennet, Avigdor Liberman, Avi Gabai and Yair Lapid were all baby once. A toy in the form of Israel is hanging above them, with each trying in their own way to catch it for themselves: Bibi climbs on nanny Sarah; Liberman tries to snach it with force; Lapid hesitates – already as a baby he can’t make up his mind; Gabay is far from grabbing the toy and Bennet is actuall trying to catch Bibi (or pull him down?). Time will tell what will actually happen. BTW, Sarah is not controlling everything. She is a calm, modest woman. All the rest is fake news…
The Smartphone Lilian Ibrahem (13), Gadeer Arayde (13), Rahaf Khalil (15), Aya Kharanbe (13),Maghar comprehensive School A Junior high, Maghar This cartoon reflects our daily life experience, where a gadget we ourselves have created turns us into a game. We are dependent on it, we believe everything it shows us, without questioning whether it is true or not.
The Unusual Suspects Jan Gritzenko, 17, NahariyaThis cartoon deals with the accusations of sexual harassment starting with Harvey Weinstein and spreading to many other actors, directors and producers. Here is a parody on The Usual Suspects, starring Kevin Spacey, except that I changed “usual” to “unusual”, finding it hard to believe that such celebs were really doing all this. Therefore I gave these famous actors suspicious looks. Mind the director Brett Ratner and of course the producer Harvey Weinstein – both accused of harassment.
Fake News Eldar Adato, 14, AshkelonThe world media distorts our daily life experience. While we encounter numerous attempts by terrorists to kill innocent people, foreign correspondents choose to present only part of the picture, thus enabling the emergence of Fake News. This is not about different points of views, but sheer distortion of reality. This promotes a negative image of Israel in world media. The press has enormous power, and journalists must take responsibility of their coverage and stick as much as they can to reality.
It’s not what it Looks Like: Fake News Eldar Adato, 14, AshkelonThis cartoon is a metaphor for the media messages the youth are bombarded with. Most youngsters don’t look beyond the immediate message. The closer hand represents the model of beauty, where on the fingers there hang the symbols of success: Beauty queen, muscular body, wealth. The other hand, reflected behind, stands for the real things, disguised by the media: Beauty achieved by plastic surgeries, success by cheating in exams etc.
Silence the Watchdogs of Democracy Hadasa Achunov, 17, Petkh TikvaThis cartoon criticizes the intention of Knesset Members to restrict the authority of the State Comptroller. I drew the State’s emblem as dark, tilting on its side. The olive branches are lifeless, the stand is broken and the emblem of the State Comptroller is bleeding. The word “Power” replaces the word “Israel”. Does limiting the control over the executive branch fits a democratic system?
No more Filters Naama Shafir, 15, SderotThe cartoon shows that people try to put a “filter” on themselves and their lives, in order to become perfect. We are faking, trying to present our better sides, while hiding our faults. Nevertheless, inside we are all the same; we all have a heart, and we all deserve to be loved. Even those who are not “perfect” are like us.
Mining to get the Truth Yochai Saar, 16, HertzliyaStriving to get to the truth is an old phrase, except that today we actually need to do more than striving: We need to break through the layers of stones and rocks of lies which cover the plain truth. As long as we can’t reach the truth, we will remain the prisoners of our own lies.
Second place:Sarah Sivan Fireman, 16, HaderaThis cartoon shows the hands of Sarah Netanyahu “controlling” her husband, Prime Minister Netanyahu, like in a television game. Some say it is fake news, but many believe that many of Bibi’s moves are influenced by her.
Teenagers should Respect Parents’ Limitations Ameed Salman Alsheikh, 17, Abu-SnanTeenagers should respect the facts that their parents have their own constraints, first and foremost – the high costs of living. Therefore, they can provide their children everything they want, especially when there are little kids in the family.
Bigfoot in a Shoe Store Gil Eilat, 15, Modi’inThe cartoon shows Bigfoot trying on shoes, but they turn out to be too small.
Benjamin Grew Fat and Kicked Noam Raviv, 14, Ra’ananaIn this cartoon I wish to present one of the absurd of the Israeli society: Likkud voters are greasing the machine called “Bibi Netanyahu” with their votes, standing in line to be kicked by him. Don’t criticize them: A year has passed since Election Day…they are anxious to be kicked again.
Case 1000 Shahar Batan, 14, HaderaThis cartoon shows a note of 1000NIS (Case 1000), where Prime Minister Netanyahu is shown as someone who only cares about money. The presents he has received are shown as well. “There will be nothing because there is nothing”? Time will tell. Perhaps there is something after all.
Silence of the Smart Inbal Cohen, 13, Tel AvivI decided to draw a woman with a crown, symbolizing a social media queen, with fish pained on her chest. Fish, as we know, can’ t talk. Fake news in a nutshell.
Humiliation Rebecca Vorobeitchek, 17, JerusalemA woman’s kindness could be used by the wrong man, and maybe it could be used for his personal interest or success without mentioning her important role in his life. This painting shows a humiliated woman on the ground, who had been used by a man who achieved greatness without giving her any credit for her role in his success.
Political Chess Mati Zamir, 16, HertzliyaBibi and Sara Netanyahu are vacationing, playing a political chess game on the poolside. The chess tools are their associates: The queen is Miri Regev, the king is Oren Hazan, always ready to catch a selfie, and the bishop is of course David Bitan, ready to run to wherever the couple sends him. Other tools on the board are a bottle of champagne, so that the First Lady will never be bored, a broom left by one of the mansion’s staff, and a submarine from that shady scandal. Submarines? Champagne? Abusing the mansion’s staff? Playing with MKs? It’s all fake news!
Birds and People in Danger Lenny Levisohn, 14, Hadar AmThis cartoon deals with the campaign of residents of Hefer Valley against the building an airport in their region. They claim that such airport will harm the residents and the environment, will cause pollution, noise and traffic jams. Furthermore, the airport is supposed to be built next to a reservoir which hosts thousands of migrating birds, which endangers both pilots and birds.
First Place: Democracy’s Watchdog? May Moreno, 17, Holon Kan (‘Here’), the new Public Broadcasting Corporation, is a government-financed critical and independent body, which was scheduled to begin broadcasting in January 2017. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, suspicious of ‘Kan’, is working hard to liquidate it. In a democracy, the media in general, and public broadcasting in particular, are the public’s primary watchdogs vis-a-vis the government. When the prime minister decides to block criticism of his government, he is constraining democracy, and is worrying more about his political survival than about the good of the country.
Second Place: He Won’t Compromise His TruthAvner Meshulam, 15, JerusalemIn the cartoon, I wished to show the fear that a cartoonist can feel when drawing a cartoon, especially a political one. It is possible that the person depicted will take the cartoon too seriously, take offense, and take action against the cartoonist. Maybe the person lampooned has power that he will not hesitate to use against those who allegedly insulted him. Such fears, which may be completely logical, have been very prevalent recently in view of attacks against cartoonists and people expressing differing opinions around the world
Third Place: Those who Memorize Pass the Test Lotem Pelai, 15, Hadera This cartoon criticizes the education system. Teachers often do not answer questions or repeat an explanation of the material, with the result that students do not understand what they are studying and only memorize the text in order to parrot it. Many exam questions test the student’s ability to memorize facts, rather than encouraging independent thought. The result is that students feel no need to learn or understand the material, merely memorize it to pass the test. Yet it is the school teachers who say “don’t copy like parrots”, while in practice they are the cause of this behavior.
Barbie Can Do It! Yali Nitzani, 16, Hod Hasharon 2016 Israel is an equal and feminist country, or at least we like to say that it is. We have come a long way, but there are still gaps between men and women. Women often earn less than their male peers, and may suffer from chauvinism. The cartoon uses a pair of icons on two sides of the coin to depict the pretense of feminism: Rosie the Riveter (“We Can Do It!”) and a Barbie doll, which is the chauvinist model. Many people in society claim that they are Rosie, but are, in fact, Barbie. Which one are you?
The Point of No Return Ilana Georgiev , 17, Rishon LeZion The cartoon shows a situation that could result from environmental pollution and non-degradable products. The animals are starving because there is nothing to eat except plastic and glass strewn everywhere. The deer succumbs to hunger and the wolf cannot eat it, because it is too weak. Factories pollute the air, but the trees symbolize that there is still hope and all is not lost – humanity can still change this. The colors are particularly strong: the red car and red pieces of garbage strewn about symbolize the importance of the subject. We must deal with it fast!
How Great it is that this is the Man Responsible for My Education Ido Shemesh, 15, Mazkeret Batya The cartoon is based on the number of times my family and I have watched on television Naftali Bennett, who is not merely a minister, but my Minister of Education, say things that sounded to me as bizarre, detached from reality, and contradictory. Time after time, I have said what the child in the picture is saying, sarcastically of course: “How great that this is the man responsible for my education.” In the cartoon, I have shown Bennett contradicting himself by claiming that he thinks that the study of Judaism is more important than studying mathematics or science, following the Give Five campaign his Ministry is pursuing to encourage students to take the five matriculation points program in mathematics.
A Serious Joke Avner Meshulam, 15, Jerusalem In the cartoon, I wished to show the worrying fact that, even though the cartoonist’s job is to amuse and not just to critique, it seems that there is often too much attention to hidden or open messages. The result of this exaggeration is unjustified anger toward the cartoonists, who have expressed their opinion like any other person. It is quite possible that the enhanced anger is because the cartoonists are making fun of something instead of simply criticizing it. After all, isn’t it better to laugh than to cry?
Bibi Blows Up Reports Amit Hakim, 14, Holon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blows up all the reports and rumors that constantly emerge.
‘Like’ the Thinker Yochai Saar, 15, Herzliya The cartoon shows the shallowness of thought when the time set aside for deep thinking is directed to shallow thoughts, meant to draw attention. Everything that a person does, if it is not documented, is as if it never happened. Furthermore, we are worshipping the number of likes for every tweet or post. The chase after internet attention is also rising because the sophistication and quantity of social networks is constantly growing in line with consumer demand.
Bathtub Games Hila Kedem, 15, Moshav Sitria Following the submarines scandal, Bibi appears like a small boy asking for toys, but his body hair, his gray coiffure, and his lengthening nose from the telling of his tales and excuses demonstrate that he is not real boy whom we are dealing with, but our prime minister (may God help us).
As Usual, the World is Silent Stav Akler, 17, Holon How long will the world stay silent??? A child in an ambulance bereft of words is the response to the silence of the world which watches the atrocities in Syria from the sidelines. Where are you in this picture? I decided to draw the Syrian child in the ambulance replica of the image which created a global echo. I wish to send a message that we must act immediately to end the Syrian genocide. As usual, the world is silent vis-a-vis the atrocities shown in the media, and is indifferent to them.
Polyamide Contamination Alesyia Dikan, 17, Rishon LeZion From January 2017, we will pay NIS 0.10 for each plastic bag we take in a supermarket, in order to protect the environment as much as possible. The cartoon shows one big plastic bag made up of many small bags, as it is known that plastic bags take over 400 years to degrade. We also see a man drowning in a mountain of plastic bags and garbage.
The High Cost of Living Olga Martinov, 17, Rishon LeZion People are blinded by the buildings of the tycoons and the high prices of apartments.
Every Word Burns Amit Hakim, 14, Holon All over the world, including in the United States, there are people who refuse to recognize Donald Trump as the president-elect of the United States. His words are setting on fire the image of the United States.
Cutting Down the Forests Olga Martinov, 17, Rishon LeZion The picture criticizes the cutting down of the world’s forests. Forests are being cut down because of man’s exploitation of resources (for example, for fuel, agriculture, or quarries), but it is destroying the environment. In other words, the disadvantages of cutting forests are greater than the advantages. Cutting down forests exacerbates global warming, soil erosion, and the extinction of species. The picture depicts the food chain in nature, in which every species depends on the others, but cutting down forests wrecks the ecology, resulting in the extinction of flora and fauna which depend on them.
Thou shalt not steal* May Moreno, 17, Holon Do not steal is one of the Ten Commandments, the most basic moral law in Judaism. The settlers knowingly built the illegal settlement of Amona on private Palestinian land. The entire settlement is therefore an act of theft from the landowners. The illustration depicts the irony of the hope of a compromise with the Amona settlers, in which they are rewarded for stealing land.
Looking in From the Outside Tal Yohanan, 17, Kibbutz Tirat Zvi In the cartoon, I drew the Angel of Death and his son standing next to the bodies of a soldier and a terrorist. Through the figure of the Angel of Death, I wish to convey my opinion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to demonstrate that if we look at the conflict and its consequences from a broader perspective, we see the need to solve and end it, especially in view of the victims it takes on both sides.
A Jewish State? Amit Hakim, 14, Holon Hannukah and Christmas were celebrated at the same time this year. Some Israelis are criticizing people who want to place decorated Christmas trees everywhere around the country.
Human Foie Gras May Moreno, 17, Holon Fattening geese is a process aimed at maximizing the produce from a goose. It is a brutal and violent process that repeatedly shoves a metal tube down a goose’s throat over several months, to force-feed a mixture which increases the mass of the liver. The objective of the illustration is to shock the viewer through role reversal: when a man is the foie gras, the viewer will empathy for the goose.
The Submarines Itay Somekh, 13, Rishon LeZion What happens when the prime minister mistakenly hears… submarines
Over Emotional Avner Meshulam, 15, Jerusalem My cartoon shows how people sometimes see themselves. It criticizes how we like to feel victimized or needy, and the fact that in order to feel this way, we sometimes ignore what is happening around us. I also wanted to show how people treat things too seriously, and are insulted by trivialities. As we saw in 2015, anger can cause us to do anything.
Shabbat and Peace Between Us! Niv Mandil, 16, Holon Operating public buses on Shabbat is a major issue, debated by the Knesset. I drew a picture of the future of equality, in which every person lives according to his or her beautiful and respected faith and no one bothers another. On the contrary! I illustrated a bus of parents and children who can finally travel on Shabbat. On the bus is written, The Way to Peace; in other words, peace between secular and haredi (ultra-orthodox) Jews. The dancing religious people are the same people who keep Shabbat, even as they ignore the buses, thereby keeping social equality in our country.
First Place:The Rabbinate Amit Katz, 16, HaderaIt is common knowledge that in Israel, in order to be recognized as a married couple, and to get married in the first place, people have to marry under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate. However, the Israeli population includes people who are not Orthodox and who – as equal citizens – would perhaps wish to marry in different ways. The cartoon illustrates the monopoly the Rabbinate holds in all matters pertaining to marriage, and the fact that many of those who marry in the Rabbinate are not doing so willingly, but rather act as marionettes so that they can marry their loved ones and be recognized as a married couple.
Second Place:Fun at the Beach 2116 Iosefa Jacobovici, 16, Ra’ananaThis cartoon criticizes the people and the institutions that contribute to the pollution of the sea. People throw their garbage into the sea without a second thought, and industrial plants are polluting it with their waste, toxic materials and oil spills. However, in the spirit of the competition, instead of showing explicitly the people who cause this pollution and thus insulting them, I chose to criticize them in a different way, by showing the results of their irresponsible conduct. That’s why I chose to illustrate in the cartoon the “fun” which people will find on their beaches in 2116.
Third Place:Haaretz Hayom Hava Herman, 15, Jerusalem.In this cartoon, I try to show the insecurities people feel in expressing their views, even to those closest to them. By pretending to read high-brow elitist Haaretz while actually reading popular Yisrael Hayom, the man hides from his partner the views with which he really identifies and presents another face outward.
Wonders of technology Sarah Hayoun, 16, AshdodThis is a cartoon about the wonders of technology, which causes us to be its captives day and night. We follow it like hungry dogs while it is laughing at us. As a result, we are losing our humanity.
A Deadlock Shiraz Cohen, 17, Nahariya.I created this flag thinking about the strategic and political situation of Israel, when we don’t have a clue of how to get out of the present quagmire. I tried to reflect this feeling of dead-end in my work, so I turned the flag into a maze, where you know how to get in but not how to get out.
Israrab Negotiations Mufid Hamdan, 15, Kfar Yanuach.The cartoon refers to our leaders, who don’t tell us the truth, namely, that under the table things are happening.
The Magic Pencil Ariel Porat, 17, Ramat HaSharonThe cartoon points out the enormous power existing in such a simple instrument as a pencil. If we use it properly, we can create illustrations and articles that will allow us to find common ground that will bridge personal and cultural gaps, so we can ascend together to the higher levels of peace and freedom. We should all remember that at the same time, this instrument might be destructive and disastrous, so it is important that each of us should choose our words carefully and try to respect the other, thus avoiding a repetition of past mistakes.
At the End We Are All Equal Tony Nimer, 16, NahariyaI chose to deal with the issue of equality between human beings, because in the final analysis, we are all born and die the same.
I Thought That Perhaps This Time We’ll Make it Amit Katz, 17, HaderaThis cartoon deals with same-sex marriage. In the State of Israel, marriages are carried out in a religious Jewish way, under the Chief Rabbinate. According to religion, same-sex relationships, let alone same-sex marriages, are prohibited. In the cartoon we see two male lovers who have been trying so many times to get married, that this time one of them disguised himself as a bride. They failed again.
A Tale of Three Balloons Shahar Shmilovich, 17, ArielIn this cartoon, the peace sign is assigned to the holy places of the three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam; The Wailing Wall, Al Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Three balloons, which are painted with symbols of the three religions – Star of David, the Crescent and the Cross – are flying above, not letting the holy sites collapse.
Tomorrow Sarah Hayoun, 16, AshdodThis cartoon deals with the political and security situation in Israel today, with the extreme violence the terrorists unleash against Israeli citizens and soldiers. I tried to ridicule the declining age of the terrorists: Soon enough, babies will murder Jews.
Variation on the Israeli Flag Omer Boker, 17, NahariyaIn this task I was asked to redesign the flag of Israel with reflection on any subject I had in mind. I chose to relate to the current terrorist attacks and redesigned the flag showing it as “flooded” with blood.
New Society Rules Polina Gershman, 16, HaderaIn my cartoon I chose to address a current issue which greatly depresses me: Extreme thinness has become the ideal of feminine beauty, so much so, that girls are trying to reach the body dimensions and weight of models they see on TV and in magazines, or even in the Walt Disney movies they watched in their childhood. They stop eating and might destroy their own lives. Many girls are not received well in their societies. Some suffer from bullying and shaming, and are called by bad names. Sometimes they are totally ostracized if they don’t correspond to the “norms” of beauty.
With God’s Help We’ll Coerce and Succeed Hila Mendi, 16, HaderaThis cartoon depicts an Ultra-Orthodox man who is standing on the State of Israel, aiming at stepping over its secular residents and at taking over the Land of Israel. The Bible this Ultra-Orthodox man is holding is ornamented with a crown. This cartoon deals with the question of religion and state in Israel and criticized the lack of separation between the two, and the attempt of religion to control the country. The laws of the State of Israel are strongly influenced by religious law, but what about the secular Israelis? They are forced to give in to the religious domination.
The Voice of Israel Rotem Blum, 16, NahariyaI wanted to express in my work the loud aspect of the Israeli scene and the social protest which took place in recent years.
Everything Is the Same Jan Grizinko, 15, Nahariya.With this cartoon I’m criticizing the youth nowadays, who, in my opinion, are divided into two groups: punks and freaks. Actually, I am trying to say that there is nothing unique to any person, or, in other words: no individuality, all are the same. In the cartoon I dress identity with the black color: Black has no shades, and so are the youth today, who lack distinct features and nuances. There is a bright side, though: Despite the lack of individuality, at least there exist these two groups, which are different in behavior, activities and so on. So despite the overall lack of personal identity, there still exists some difference between the groups. This is encouraging, and it gives hope for more individuality in the future.
Wonderland Tomer Zalkover, 16, Beer Sheva.When I observed the original paintings of “Through the Looking Glass”, the sequel of “Alice in Wonderland”, I found many similarities between Humpty Dumpty, a character from the book, and Yitzhak Tshuva, an Israeli businessman and the owner of Delek Corporation, a key player in the natural gas controversy – a very hot issue these days. The dialogue, originally between Alice and Humpty Dumpty, goes like this: “’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’” Here I just changed the characters to fit the subject.
The Artist’s Hand Hava Herman, 15, JerusalemOften the artist is able to express ideas and opinions through his or her illustrations, that are difficult to express in words. Cartoons, like puppets, are able to say things that humans can’t. For this reason, they are an important tool for society.
Pollution Amit Katz, 17, HaderaThis cartoon deals with homophobia, a subject which bothers me very much. Here we see a kid wearing a gas mask to protect himself from poisonous pollution consisting of prejudices and homophobic utterances. The modern boy depicted here is trying to fight for the acceptance of the Other, while outdated views and misconceptions in society are trying to defeat him.
100% Human Meat Talia Volos, 17, HaderaI created a cartoon dealing with the meat industry today, and tried to use irony by showing the cow doing to man what man is doing to her every single day.
Feet on the Ground Liel Salman, 18, HolonThe illustration shows a man whose thoughts and views pull him up, but on the other hand, there is the reality that keeps drawing him down. By this I mean to say that when people want to express their opinions and thoughts they nevertheless have to stay with “both feet on the ground”, meaning to be realistic, taking into account the current situation, where there are people who have different opinions. People must take this into consideration and therefore express their opinions in a non-offensive manner.
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Liel Salman, 18, HolonIn the cartoon, the painter holds a blood dripping brush. My intention is to remind us that a picture is worth a thousand words, and just as the tongue holds the power over life and death, so does the painting. Paintings, illustrations and pictures are extremely powerful, and therefore, we should be very careful with them.
Proud to be an Israeli Hila Hagag, 17, Nahariya.The cartoon deals with the problem the gay community is facing when it comes to same-sex marriage. The piercing ring portrays the pain felt by community members who wish to marry.
Can We Do It? Yuval Asraf, 13, Beer ShevaIn this cartoon, I chose to deal with feminism. “We can do it!” was the theme of a propaganda poster during World War II, created by graphic designer John Howard Miller in 1943. I got my inspiration from this poster, and I think that the comparison between a man and a woman is important and that it is correct to say that whatever a man can do, a woman can do as well. However, the cartoon is designed to display in an entertaining way the capability of a man to perform as a woman, and it wonders whether a man could really carry out all the roles of a woman. The cartoon shows a man who is trying to perform the daily activities of women, like taking care of the baby, cleaning the house and facing a kid who keeps messing around, and is asking the question “Can we do it?”
School is for Robots Or Aharony, 18, Ashkelon.The Internet has changed many things and caught the world unprepared for a new era of quick and accessible information available for all. One of the most significant systems which has not adjusted to the new era is the education system. The cartoon shows the antiquated and rigid way schools still work today. In addition, the school likes to exert pressure and to instill fear of failure, which runs contrary to the natural way of trial and error.
Innocent برياء Emile Faraj, 15, Kfar YanuachThe cartoon is referring to the attitude of the Israeli soldiers towards the Arabs, no matter if they are women or children. Here a soldier is aiming his weapon at a mother and her son, but his officer prevented him from killing them because they are innocent.
I’m Broke Anastasya Kovalsky16, HaderaThis work shows a person who panicks because he dropped 1 NIS into the tube. The NIS is constantly losing its value and life becomes increasingly more expensive. This is why the person in the cartoon is agitated. On the one hand, the single NIS has very little value, but on the other hand, we are anxious about every penny because prices keep going up while wages stay the same.
Terror Erupts Everywhere Sarah Hayoun, 16, AshdodIn this cartoon, I wanted to say that terrorism is not only raging in Israel but is actually exploding anywhere, affecting major countries in the world. Terror erupts from the center of the planet outward, like hot lava. It schemes its evil conspiracies under the surface of the earth and erupts precisely when everyone is relaxed and complacent.
Reality, this Time for Real Bar Shasha, 15 Petah TikvaMy cartoon criticizes the overstatement and exaggeration in TV reality shows. Today, people spend much of their time watching television, especially reality shows. Reality shows play quite a significant part in our daily lives, infiltrating all spheres: school, work, leisure, home and so on. Here, the judges give highly inflated praises to a prepared food dish.
Uncolored (also non-hypocritical) Color Hava Herman, 15, JerusalemIn this cartoon, I try to show that the expectations from different groups of the population do not always match the reality. In cartoons, we usually use stereotypes to express our views. With all the criticism of the other, we must be aware that most notions of the other are merely stereotypes.
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