Jan 28 2013
GUESS AGAIN. Not the Palestine Post or Press TV, but it was the Sunday Times of London that saw fit to print a hideous looking caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall cemented with blood, crushing Palestinians, including women and children.
Honest Reporting This cartoon published in The Sunday Times (subscription-only) would be offensive at the best of times. That it has appeared on Holocaust Memorial Day is doubly so. Penned by Gerald Scarfe, the caption reads: “Israeli Elections… Will Cementing Peace Continue?” An evil looking PM Benjamin Netanyahu caricature builds a wall cemented with blood, crushing Palestinians including women and children.
Israel’s security barrier (of which the vast majority is a fence and not a wall) is meant to protect Israeli civilians against Palestinian terrorism. In any case, the imagery of this cartoon amounts to a blood libel on a day when the millions of victims of the Holocaust are remembered.
In response, The Commentator’s Raheem Kassam states:
“I would never have thought the editors of the Sunday Times were in amongst those who would seek, in true Der Sturmer fashion, to use Holocaust Memorial Day to publish a blood libel, and knowingly undermine the memory of one of the worst genocides ever.”
HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day should also be a day when the media remembers that Israel’s actions to defend its citizens bear no relation whatsoever to the genocidal crimes of the Nazis. On any day, this cartoon’s imagery is an assault on the real victims of genocide, demeans their suffering and insults their memory.”