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Board appalled by Sunday Times Cartoon, lodges complaint

We immediately lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission following the appalling cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in yesterday's Sunday Times. It depicts Benjamin Netanyahu bricking up Palestinians and using blood for mortar, which is shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently antisemitic Arab press. Its use is all the more disgusting on Holocaust Memorial Day, given the similar tropes levelled against Jews by the Nazis.

This far exceeds any fair or reasonable criticism of Israeli policies. Last week's Scarfe cartoon showed Bashir Al Assad, the architect of the killing of over 60,000 Syrians in little over a year, steeped in blood. If Scarfe and the Sunday Times think there is any comparison with Israel's leadership, then they have lost all sense of proportion and reality.

As well as having lodged a complaint with the PCC we have already contacted the Sunday Times.