Sunday Times Owner Murdoch Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon carried in one of his British newspapers, showing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall with the bodies of Palestinian Authority Arabs, AFP reports.

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 apologize in person after they made a formal complaint about the image to media regulators, the report said.

The cartoon by Gerald Scarfe, which appeared on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, depicts a scowling Netanyahu waving a blood-covered trowel, laying bricks in a wall in which PA Arab men, women and children are trapped. Underneath are the words, “Israeli elections – will cementing peace continue?”

“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, according to AFP.


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