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(In Yiddish, shmendrik (shmen-drik) means “a pathetic and foolish small-time ineffectual loser,” Kirschen said. “And the award ‘winners’ are perfect examples of dopey shmendriks who actually think of themselves as ‘heroes.’”)

Dry Bones Shmendrik Awards spotlight anti-Semitism’s biggest flunkies. The Dry Bones Project foundation, a non-profit organization that fights anti-Semitism with humor, today announced the “winners” of the 1st Annual Dry Bones Shmendrik Awards. The annual awards “honor” those who most distinguished themselves by their seemingly unwitting support of anti-Semitism. The awards go to:

Golden Shmendrik: Ken Livingston, the mayor of London, for his compulsive and ludicrous insulting of Jews, the Jewish People, and the Jewish State.

Silver Shmendrik: The U.S. Presbyterian Church, for deciding to embark on a process of selective divestment from companies doing business in Israel.

Bronze Shmendrik: Neturei Karta, the tiny fringe group whose black-garbed “rabbis” pose with anti-Zionist banners for news photographers.

Honorable Mention (brass): Prince Harry, who managed to get himself photographed while innocently “partying” in a Nazi uniform exactly two weeks before Europe’s solemn commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

“Winners” were selected from Shmendrik nominations that flooded in from around the world to the project’s website Suggestions were sent from places as far away as Sweden, England, France, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Argentina, and the United States. The awards committee that had the daunting task of selecting the “winners” was made up of Israeli political cartoonist Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen, Rabbi Gedaliah Gurfein, and Clarence Wagner, Chairman of the Christian organization, Bridges for Peace.

Announcement of the award was timed to coincide with the Jewish Purim holiday (March 25).

The incredible response of the public to the awards took the foundation by surprise. “Wait ‘til next year!” said one of the organizers, “We’re going to have a Shmendrik Awards ceremony with real celebrities on a real stage, opening real envelopes and all! This looks like it’s going to be big!”