(JNS.org) The UK’s Sunday Times newspaper has issued an apology for the anti-Semitic cartoon featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it published last week on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“It is one thing to attack and caricature a leader — and it is as legitimate to attack Israeli leaders in cartoons as anyone else. But it is another thing to reflect in a caricature, even unintentionally, historical iconography that is persecutory or anti-Semitic,” the paper wrote on its editorial page.
The paper added that it “abhors anti-Semitism and racism of any type.”
The cartoon was entitled “Israeli elections—will cementing peace continue?” and featured a large-nosed Netanyahu laying bricks over bleeding Palestinians.
A spokesperson from the Sunday Times had at first said the cartoon was not anti-Semitic, but Rupert Murdoch, whose multinational mass media organization, News Corporation, owns the paper, called the cartoon “grotesque” and called on the paper to apologize.