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

    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/st...64833394851840


    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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    I thought cartoons were supposed to be funny (?)
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    What exactly is meant to be anti-semitic about that picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos the Jackal View Post
    What exactly is meant to be anti-semitic about that picture?
    Apparently, depicting blood is a repetition of the blood libel (which is ridiculous) and Netanyahu has a big nose.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by james5001 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    Apparently, depicting blood is a repetition of the blood libel (which is ridiculous) and Netanyahu has a big nose.
    But he does have a big nose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    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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