Feet on the Ground Liel Salman, 18, Holon The 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 Tale of Three Balloons Shahar Shmilovich, 17, Ariel In 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. I’m Broke Anastasya Kovalsky16, Hadera This 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. Wonders of technology Sarah Hayoun, 16, Ashdod This 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. The Artist’s Hand Hava Herman, 15, Jerusalem Often 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. 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. 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. 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. New Society Rules Polina Gershman, 16, Hadera In 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. At the End We Are All Equal Tony Nimer, 16, Nahariya I chose to deal with the issue of equality between human beings, because in the final analysis, we are all born and die the same. Reality, this Time for Real Bar Shasha, 15 Petah Tikva My 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. Pollution Amit Katz, 17, Hadera This 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. 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. A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Liel Salman, 18, Holon In 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. Tomorrow Sarah Hayoun, 16, Ashdod This 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. The Voice of Israel Rotem Blum, 16, Nahariya I wanted to express in my work the loud aspect of the Israeli scene and the social protest which took place in recent years. With God’s Help We’ll Coerce and Succeed Hila Mendi, 16, Hadera This 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. 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. 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. The Magic Pencil Ariel Porat, 17, Ramat HaSharon The 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. Variation on the Israeli Flag Omer Boker, 17, Nahariya In 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. 100% Human Meat Talia Volos, 17, Hadera I 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. Innocent برياء Emile Faraj, 15, Kfar Yanuach The 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 Thought That Perhaps This Time We’ll Make it Amit Katz, 17, Hadera This 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. Can We Do It? Yuval Asraf, 13, Beer Sheva In 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?” Uncolored (also non-hypocritical) Color Hava Herman, 15, Jerusalem In 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. Terror Erupts Everywhere Sarah Hayoun, 16, Ashdod In 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.