Apologies Made for Offensive British Cartoon

YERUSHALAYIM -

Apologies were made to the Jewish community for the publication of a cartoon in the British Sunday Times that was widely denounced as anti-Semitic, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

Both the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and the proprietor of the newspaper, international media mogul Rupert Murdoch, issued statements expressing regrets.

The editorial cartoon depicting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall using the bodies of Palestinians.

Scarfe insisted, “I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic.” He said the drawing, published January 27 — International Holocaust Memorial Day — was “a criticism of Netanyahu, and not of the Jewish people: there was no slight whatsoever intended against them.”

“I was, however, stupidly completely unaware that it would be printed on Holocaust Day, and I apologize for the very unfortunate timing,” he said.

Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns the Sunday Times through a subsidiary, said that the paper should apologize for printing the cartoon.