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Gerald Scarfe cartoon called anti-Semitic
A Gerald Scarfe cartoon that ran in the Sunday Times is being called anti-Semitic by Jewish groups. Even Rupert Murdoch, the paper’s owner, tweeted, “Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe a major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.”
The cartoon depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with mortar made up of blood and Palestinians. Adding fuel to the fire, the cartoon ran on Holocaust Memorial Day. Gerald denies that was intentional and he wasn’t aware the print date and Holocaust Memorial Day would coincide.
First of all I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic.
The Sunday Times has given me the freedom of speech over the last 46 years to criticise world leaders for what I see as their wrong-doings.
This drawing was a criticism of Netanyahu, and not of the Jewish people: there was no slight whatsoever intended against them.
I was, however, stupidly completely unaware that it would be printed on Holocaust Day, and I apologise for the very unfortunate timing.