Murdoch paper published grostesquely anti-Semitic cartoon on Holocaust Memorial Day
Drawing on the theme of blood libel, the cartoon, which depicted Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, building a wall using what appeared to be the blood of Palestinians as cement, was featured in one of Murdoch’s leading newspapers, The Sunday Times.
Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, said: “This cartoon would be offensive at any time of the year, but to publish it on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is sickening and expresses a deeply troubling mindset.”
Israel’s parliamentary speaker, Reuven Rivlin, wrote in a letter to his British counterpart John Bercow: “For the people of Israel, this is a cartoon which recalls the dark journalism from one of humankind’s darkest periods.”
Murdoch issued an apology — via Twitter. His newspaper, however, stood by the publication until some prominent world leaders (suffice it to say, not Obama) reacted with shock and disgust.