World Bulletin / News Desk
Jewish leaders in Britain and Israel are angry with a Sunday Times cartoon that depicts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall using blood-red mortar.
Rupert Murdoch apologised on Monday for a "grotesque" cartoon in his newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups.
The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried the caption "Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?"
The so-called "blood libel" - talk that Jewish peoples murder children and use their blood in rituals - go back centuries.
The wall image by the weekly paper's cartoonist Gerald Scarfe was a reference to the barrier that Israel has been building for a decade on occupied West Bank territory.
The Sunday Times's acting editor was due to meet Jewish community leaders in Britain on Tuesday to express his regrets over the cartoon, said a spokesman for Murdoch's News International, the paper's publisher.
The paper says it was aimed at Netanyahu and not the Israeli people. It said the timing of its publication was linked to the victory of Netanyahu's party in last week's Israeli elections, not Holocaust Memorial Day.Last Mod: 29 Ocak 2013, 11:33