Sunday Times Apologizes For Blood Libel

They don’t want to seem persecutory or antisemitic

The Sunday Times “apologized unreservedly” Sunday for last week’s cartoon – printed on International Holocaust Memorial day — of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cementing a wall with crushed Palestinian bodies and blood.

“It is one thing to attack and caricature a leader — and it is as legitimate to attack Israeli leaders in cartoons as anyone else. But it is another thing to reflect in a caricature, even unintentionally, historical iconography that is persecutory or anti-Semitic,” the paper wrote as a leader on its editorial page.

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.”

That’s nice. Unfortunately Britain has such a long history of Jew hatred that almost nothing can remove the stain. I’m sure they are sorry, but even more sure that it will happen again. And again. And Again.

Hey, I wonder what the BBC thinks?

What is “blood libel”?

The origins of the term blood libel lie in the Middle Ages when Jews were falsely accused of ritualised murder, particularly of children
The claims were used to justify violence against Jewish people
The earliest known example in the UK is from 1144, when an unfounded rumour about the death of a 12-year-old boy, William of Norwich, suggested he had been kidnapped and murdered by Jews [And what the BBC doesn't tell its readers is that the earliest know example from the UK is the earliest known example - that the British invented the blood libel. - Aggie]
During the 1930s, Nazi propaganda in Germany periodically explored accusations of Jewish ritual murder
The evolution of the term means it now can refer to any false accusation deemed to be anti-Semitic and/or involving bloody violence
Former US politician Sarah Palin provoked controversy in 2011 by labelling as blood libel media suggestions that heated political rhetoric could have contributed to a mass shooting in Arizona in which then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was wounded and six people died. [Again, they want to talk about Sarah Palin, but not about themselves. - Aggie]

The cartoonist is equally squirrely. He is sorry it was published on Holocaust Remembrance Day but not a teeny bit bothered by the fact that he, a Brit, was creating yet another blood libel against the Jewish people.

I wanted to find the apology in the Sunday Times because I figured there’d be the usual antisemitic comments from the British public, but I wasn’t able to fine a link.

- Aggie

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