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Murdoch apologises for 'grotesque' Israel cartoon
[FRANCE24] Rupert Murdoch apologised on Monday for a "grotesque" cartoon carried in one of his British newspapers showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with Palestinian bodies.
Again, here is the cartoon.
The acting editor of the Sunday Times newspaper, Martin Ivens, is due to meet with members of the Jewish community in Britain on Tuesday to apologise in person after they made a formal complaint about the image to media regulators.

"Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon," Murdoch, who owns the Sunday Times and its daily sister paper the Times, said on Twitter.

His comments came after the image in Sunday's newspaper sparked condemnation in Britain and Israel, particularly because of its timing, appearing on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The cartoon shows a scowling Netanyahu waving a blood-covered trowel, laying bricks in a wall in which Palestinian men, women and children are trapped. Underneath are the words, "Israeli elections - will cementing peace continue?"

"For the people of Israel, this is a cartoon which recalls the dark journalism from one of humankind's darkest periods," Israel's parliamentary speaker, Reuven Rivlin, wrote in a letter to his British counterpart John Bercow.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, a representative body, lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission over what it said was an "appalling" and "disgusting" cartoon.

It said it was "shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently antisemitic Arab press".

In a statement, Sunday Times acting editor Ivens said: "The last thing I or anyone connected with the Sunday Times would countenance would be insulting the memory of the Shoah or invoking the blood libel.

"The paper has long written strongly in defence of Israel and its security concerns, as have I as a columnist.

"We are however reminded of the sensitivities in this area by the reaction to the cartoon and I will of course bear them very carefully in mind in future."
Posted by:Fred

#3  We should remember stuff like this every time Murdoch tries to sell himself as an alternative to the establishment press.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2013-01-29 13:33  

#2  As far as I can ascertain, Tu, there are no gods, alleged or otherwise in that "cartoon". However, if the subject matter of the next issue's cartoon was "alleged gods", I may just chance sixpence in the hope they got their reality back.

I don't think the drawing was meant to be humorous. The whole point of a cartoon is that the reader is left to draw their own conclusion, and, perhaps, have a chuckle. This, however, was meant to be polarising dogmatic shite, very ZANU-PF.

Heads should roll.
Posted by: Injun Stalin7884   2013-01-29 07:56  

#1  Ah, that's okay, Rupe. Throw one of Mohammad in next Sunday's and we'll call it even.
Oh, wait...
Posted by: tu3031   2013-01-29 00:11