Times cartoonist 'unaware' piece would be published on Holocaust Memorial Day

Sunday Times cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has issued a statement regarding the criticism he faced over a a cartoon published in the newspaper:

First of all I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic.

The Sunday Times has given me the freedom of speech over the last 46 years to criticise world leaders for what I see as their wrong-doings.

This drawing 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 apologise for the very unfortunate timing.

Yesterday News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch was forced to apologise for the cartoon, which he described as "grotesque" and "offensive".

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Sunday Times cartoon apology

The editor of the Sunday Times has apologised after a cartoon showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall using blood was published on Holocaust Remembrance Day.