Off Topic: ‘Sunday Times’: Scarfe cartoon ‘serious mistake’
( A “mistake” only because of the heat they’re taking. The Brits will never forgive Israel for kicking them out of our country. – JW )
The paper said that the image of Netanyahu “reveling in the blood of Palestinians, crossed a line. The image would have been a mistake on any day but the fact that last Sunday was Holocaust Memorial Day compounded the error.”
Calling publication of the Gerald Scarfe cartoon a “serious mistake,” the paper said it “abhors anti-Semitism and racism of any type and we would never set out to offend the Jewish people — or indeed any other ethnic or religious group.”
The Prime Minister’s Office, which did not comment last week on the offending cartoon, had no comment Sunday either.
The apology appeared in the first edition of the paper since the cartoon originally ran. Last week Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns the paper, characterized the cartoon as “grotesque” and called on the paper to apologize, and the editor, Martin Ivens, did so during a meeting with leaders of British Jewry.
Scarfe, in a message last week to the Jewish Chronicle, said only that he regretted the timing of the cartoon, saying he was not aware that last Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.