UK paper apologies for anti-Semitic cartoon

Click photo to download. Caption: A controversial Sunday Times cartoon depicting Benjamin Netanyahu using Palestinian blood as cement. Credit: Sunday Times screenshot.( 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. 

Posted on February 3, 2013 .