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Murdoch apologises for 'anti-Semitic' cartoon in Sunday Times


borntorum

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I've only come across this story now, although apparently it's been growing all day. Yesterday the Sunday Times published a cartoon by Gerald Scarfe about Benjamin Netanyahu.



Scarfe is often vulgar or borderline offensive, but unsurprisingly whenever Israel is involved, the cries of anti-semitism aren't far behind

It was described by Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, as "appalling" and "shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently antisemitic Arab press".
Benjamin said that cartoon was "all the more disgusting" because it was printed on Holocaust Memorial Day, when millions of Jews and others killed in the Holocaust were being remembered in services across the UK.
Sunday Times denies antisemitism in Israeli election cartoon | Media | guardian.co.uk

The Sunday Times earlier defended the cartoon, but now that Rupert Murdoch has come out and apologised for it, the paper might have to backtrack.

Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.
https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/295964833394851840


I agree with Haaretz, I can't see how this is supposed to be anti-semitic. There was a similar uproar a few months ago over a cartoon in the Guardian which depicted Netanyahu as a puppet master of American politicians, which borderline anti-Jewish. But this cartoon is clearly a criticism of Israeli policy rather than anything specifically Jewish. Murdoch should have supported his own newspaper
 
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What exactly is meant to be anti-semitic about that picture?
 

Hitch 22

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It clearly IS anti-semitic

Compare it with other disgraceful anti-semitic cartoons produced in the Arab press.









Now compare them with disgusting cartoons produced by the Hitler and Nazis:





 

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Hitch 22, nobody argued that the posters you posted aren't anti-semitic. How is the ST's picture, according to you, ''anti-semitic''?
 

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Hitch 22, nobody argued that the posters you posted aren't anti-semitic. How is the ST's picture, according to you, ''anti-semitic''?
The classic depiction of an evil Jew in the form of Netanyahu with a big nose and blood dripping between the bricks representing the blood libel.

It is a classic case of anti-semitism.

The cartoonist should be sacked.
 

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The classic depiction of an evil Jew in the form of Netanyahu with a big nose and blood dripping between the bricks representing the blood libel.

It is a classic case of anti-semitism.

The cartoonist should be sacked.
catch yourself on.
Blood is anti-semetic now?
 

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It's not anti-Semitic, it's anti-Zionist.
 

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The classic depiction of an evil Jew in the form of Netanyahu with a big nose and blood dripping between the bricks representing the blood libel.

It is a classic case of anti-semitism.

The cartoonist should be sacked.
I didn't get that from it at all, tbh.
Regarding the ''big nose'' point, many cartoonists accentuate aspects of famous peoples prominent physical characteristics.
 

Truth.ie

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Rupert Murdoch is a Zionist supporter.
Of course he's going to silence his cartoonists.
And he's got a big snout as well.
 

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There is nothing remotely anti-semitic about that cartoon. It's the usual criticism of Israel = anti-semitism canard. Netanyahu is a boodthirsty scumbag.
 

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I didn't get that from it at all, tbh.
Regarding the ''big nose'' point, many cartoonists accentuate aspects of famous peoples prominent physical characteristics.
In the late 19th and early 20th century the "blood libel" was made by hysterical anti-semitic groups.

They claimed to have documented the abduction and murder of children for Jewish blood drinking rites.

The depiction of Netanyahu building a walls with the blood of Palestinians as mortar is clearly part of that anti-semitic blood libel tradition.

 

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When you consider some of the stuff going on in the Middle East, the crude focus on Israel is highly questionable. But anti-Semitic? Nope.

For one thing, many Israelis and Jews loathe Netanyahu and his policies.
 

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Whats next?
Depicting Chinese in cartoons, with slitty eyes to be branded racist?
 

Truth.ie

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In the late 19th and early 20th century the "blood libel" was made by hysterical anti-semitic groups.

They claimed to have documented the abduction and murder of children for Jewish blood drinking rites.

The depiction of Netanyahu building a walls with the blood of Palestinians as mortar is clearly part of that anti-semitic blood libel tradition.
Or......
it could be depicting the blood of dead Palestinians.
 

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