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
Sunday Times denies antisemitism in Israeli election cartoon | Media | guardian.co.ukIt 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.
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.
https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/st...64833394851840Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times. Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.
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