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Cartoonist Scarfe Apologizes for Timing of Toon, not Blood Libel

By: JTA

The cartoonist who depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement apologized for the timing of its publication.

In a statement printed on his official website, Gerald Scarfe emphasized that “I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic.”

He said the drawing, published Jan. 27—International Holocaust Memorial Day—in the Sunday Times, 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,” the statement concluded.

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

“Gerald Scarfe has never reflected the opinions of the Sunday Times,” Murdoch tweeted Monday. “Nevertheless, we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.”

Murdoch’s statement was made in response to criticism from leaders of the Jewish community in the U.K. who said the drawing was reminiscent of anti-Semitic blood libels.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, an umbrella organization, filed a complaint with the independent Press Complaints Commission, the Guardian reported, and incoming Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens told The Jerusalem Post that he would meet with leaders of the British Jewish community this week over reaction to the cartoon.

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One Response to “Cartoonist Scarfe Apologizes for Timing of Toon, not Blood Libel”

  1. Heshy Rosenwasser says:

    Gerald Scarfe is the artist who created the animated sequences for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" movie. Seems that he and Roger Waters are cut from the same cloth. No further explanation is necessary.

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