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21.05.2024

Anger at anti-Semitic caricature Netanyahu British newspaper

In a cartoon in The Sunday Times Netanyahu is drawn as a wicked figure with a long nose standing over the wall he is building with Palestinian blood • severe reactions in Israel and around the world • "blatant anti-Semitic caricature"

Anger at anti-Semitic caricature Netanyahu British newspaper

Anger in Israeli and public outcry in Britain: British newspaper 'The Sunday Times' published yesterday an anti-Semitic cartoon displaying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as a wicked figure with a long nose bent over the wall he is building with the blood of the Palestinians, while parts of their body are trapped between the stones of the wall.


The cartoon was drawn by Gerald Scarf, with the caption: "The elections in Israel ... will the 'mortar peace' continue?"


Israel's ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, is expected to turn in the coming days to the newspaper and to request clarifications for the publishing of the anti-Semitic caricature. The embassy will also require publishing a comment on the illustration in the next issue of the magazine, which is published every Sunday.

At the same time, public protests started yesterday afternoon, in cooperation with the embassy and the Jewish community in Britain, which aims to put pressure on the newspaper to retract from the offending illustration.

In Jerusalem there is also anger about the timing of the publication, International Holocaust Day. The Anti-Defamation League also condemned the newspaper for publishing the "blatant anti-Semitic" cartoon and demanded an immediate apology from the newspaper. "The Sunday Times has clearly lost its moral if it published such a blatantly anti-Semitic caricature, which is a modern 'blood libel' against Jews," said the Director of the International Anti-Defamation League, Michael Salberg. "There is nothing subtle in the image of Netanyahu using Palestinians blood to build a wall that will protect the Israelis. The newspaper should be ashamed and apologize immediately."

From The Sunday Times editorial board said in response: "This is a typical acute cartoon by Gerald Scarf. The system believes that it is not anti-Semitic. It was directed directly to Mr. Netanyahu and his politics - not to Israel and certainly not the Jews. The system condemns anti-Semitism, as you can see in the fantastic the article published today on Holocaust denial.

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