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The second edition of the online comic book series. AP Photo/MGMbill
Foreskin Man

Comic-book hero 'Foreskin Man' criticised as anti-Semitic

It’s fair to say the man who fights Orthdox Jews and doctors who perform circumcisions is not your average comic-book hero.

HIS FISTS CLENCHED and muscles rippling beneath a tight blue suit, the yellow-caped character appears poised to take on evil-doers.

But as his name suggests, “Foreskin Man” is not a typical comic-book superhero, and neither is his choice of adversaries: doctors who practice circumcision and Orthodox Jews who support the religious ritual.

San Diego activist Matthew Hess says he conceived the internet comic series last year as a way to boost his budding national effort to outlaw circumcision.

This effort has so far led to a measure on San Francisco’s ballot in November that would make it illegal to perform a circumcision on a boy under 18.

Recently, though, the comic series has drawn criticism from those who deride Hess’ imagery as anti-Semitic and liken it to 1930′s Nazi propaganda.

- AP

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