Sunday Times Doubles Down on ‘Blood Libel’ Cartoon, Calls it ‘Typically Robust’

January 27, 2013 4:36 pm 17 comments

The anti-Semitic cartoon including The Sunday Times masthead.

The Sunday Times defended the publication of a cartoon (pictured left) in Sunday’s paper that was described by the Anti Defamation League as “a modern day evocation of the ancient ‘blood libel’ charge leveled at Jews,” as “typically robust,” and claimed that the cartoon was not anti-Semitic, in an email to The Algemeiner.

“This is a typically robust cartoon by Gerald Scarfe,” said a spokesperson for The Sunday Times, adding, “The Sunday Times firmly believes that it is not anti-Semitic. It is aimed squarely at Mr Netanyahu and his policies, not at Israel, let alone at Jewish people.”

The spokesperson said that appearance of the offending cartoon on Holocaust Memorial Day which is commemorated Sunday was coincidental, “It appears today because Mr Netanyahu won the Israeli election last week,” said the statement.

“The Sunday Times condemns anti-Semitism,” The Sunday Times added, pointing to another article that was published by the paper which focused on Holocaust denial, saying, it is “clear in the excellent article in today’s Magazine which exposes the Holocaust-denying tours of concentration camps organised by David Irving.”

Besides the ADL’s outcry and call for an immediate apology over the publication of the cartoon, a number of other Jewish groups strongly criticized the Sunday Times.

According to the Times of Israel, “Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, called the picture ‘absolutely disgusting.’”

“Zuroff told The Times of Israel that it is ‘shocking’ that The Sunday Times ‘has the incredible gall to publish such an anti-Semitic caricature of Netanyahu,’” wrote the Times of Israel.

On its Facebook page the World Zionist Organization wrote that the cartoon crossed “all lines of decency and morality.”

Organizations that blasted the cartoon have not yet indicated to The Algemeiner if they plan to take further steps.

17 Comments

  • E.S. REHOVOT ISRAEL

    Well, serves Mr.Netanyahoo right.

  • If it is ani-Semitic, where is the Jew? I can’t see a single Jewish symbol or racial stereotipe on the cartoon. Lampooning Obama is not racist. Lampooning Negro is.

  • i am so sure the sunday times would never hesitate publishing a cartoon as robust criticizing the arab world on its human rights atrocities using – say – images of an ayatollah, for example… or a prophet.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    I recommend a daily cartoon ‘robustly’ depicting black people as monkeys. Let’s see them defend that.

  • So disgusted by this cartoon that I will never allow Sunday Times in my house except for cleaning windows. Hold your head in shame. If it was a anti Muslim cartoon you would have caused a streets riots but insulting the Jewish people on a Holocaust memorial day its fair game.

  • Maurice Ashkenazi-Bakes

    This is a sad day for The Times. I have always enjoyed reading their worldwide news coverage but will now never buy another copy again unless they come out and say sorry!

  • The cartoon should be condemned for its depicted theme. The sentiment is ancient, studied and fraught with malevolence.

    The question is why this was published by a so-called reputable newspaper? What is the purpose and who’s interests are served? How the Palestinians are helped, if at all by this caricatured comment is another question? Lots of questions! And more questions.

    The answers however take us down another road altogether, a road that has little to do with Palestine, Israel or Netanyahu’s election. A bloody road mapped with ignorance, stereotypes and darkness.

    • Utter, ignorant malevolence. The Palastinian interests are clearly served, as they wish to see themselves as victims and this pictures inverts the message of Holocaust Rememberance Day.

      I agree with all of these comments. One wonders at such irresponsible and provocative publication.

      I trust that Mr Cameron will condemn this. It is much more serious than sheer bad taste.

    • “The question is why this was published by a so-called reputable newspaper?”

      The answer is that anti-Semitism, vaguely disguised as hostility toward Israel, is now mainstream in Britain. It’s been evident among elements of the intelligentsia at least since the early 1980s. Today it’s rife on British campuses and in the media, and sanctions against politicians who traffic in libels against Israel and Jews are rare. Talkbacks to an interview with David Ward, who claimed Jews “failed” to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and are now committing “atrocities against Palestinians” show broad support for his views. (He now insists he wasn’t targeting Jews who “haven’t” committed said atrocities.)

  • The brits are so misguided in their allegience, perhaps they’re disappointed that nobody is issuing a fatwah on their cartoonist’s pathetic slime filled head.

    • I agree with all these comments, though i am not jewish. My respect is with Netanyahu and Israel and wish our spineless government had some of his common sense and backbone. What a difference to insulting the muslims, where a fatwa would be on his head. Now tell us whose civilised

    • I agree with all these comments, though i am not jewish. My respect is with Netanyahu and Israel and wish our spineless government had some of his common sense and backbone. What a difference to insulting the muslims, . Now tell us whose civilised.

  • I’m soooo disgusted; educate yourself on what Netanyahu is doing instead of running with this propaganda crap. Israel gives millions to Gaza, supplies medical needs and jobs, yet that is NEVER mentioned. Hamas has taught Palestinian children to hate Jews because Allah commands it, and over 90% want to be suicide bombers, EVEN IF A 2 STATE SOLUTION IS REACHED! Many of us think Netanyahu is not going far enough and International law should be applied. The West Bank is All Israels, and it is time the Arab Countries that caused the Palestinian refugees (520,000) take them in, just like Israel took in the 900,000 Jews that were expelled from places like Iraq, Iran, Yemen and more. Those Palestinians vacated Israel voluntarily so the whoever was left would be attacked and wiped out. Those Palestinians who stayed, have full citizenship and are even members of the Knesset!

    • Your comment is replete with inexcusable mis/disinformation and tired old long since debunked canards. I suggest you do some elementary serious scholary research into the history of the Israel-Palestinian/Arab conflict and the current situation on the ground. Thankfully, an ever increasing number of people around the world, including Jews, now understand full well that Palestinians are the victims, the dispossessed, the oppressed, the beligerently/illegally/brutally occupied and Israel is their victimizer.

  • Gerald Scarfe, the same artist that did the animated sequences for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” movie. That Scarfe is of a piece with Roger Waters should surprise no one.

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