Drawing the Diaspora

Analysis / Interpretation / Press / Source

On Nov. 14, the Vassar Student Association (VSA) brought forth, and ultimately tabled, a censure motion against Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The censure motion concerned SJP’s usage of a cartoon by Jewish-American artist Eli Valley, entitled “Diaspora Boy,” on a guest-lecture poster that the student organization had circulated around Vassar’s campus. 

Several Jewish students on campus found the cartoon, which satirizes Jewish stereotypes, antisemitic. According to VSA Vice President Ryan Mazurkiewicz ’22: “I got a lot of emails that were basically like, ‘Hey, this is an antisemitic caricature.’”