Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Australia: Sydney newspaper apologises for 'anti-Semitic' cartoon

A newspaper has been forced to apologise for publishing a cartoon that showed a Jewish man  watching the bombing of Gaza from his armchair to accompany a column about the Middle East crisis.

The Sydney Morning Herald was slammed by the Attorney-General and the Jewish community for using the drawing of an old man seated in an armchair emblazoned with the Star of David, watching comfortably from a hill as bombs dropped on Gaza.

The paper's Editor-in-Chief Darren Goodsir on Monday said it was a 'serious error of judgement' when they published the cartoon drawn by Glen Le Lievre on July 26.

'The Herald now appreciates that, in using the Star of David and the kippah in the cartoon, the newspaper invoked an inappropriate element of religion, rather than nationhood, and made a serious error of judgment.

'It was wrong to publish the cartoon in its original form,' Mr Goodsir wrote.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the cartoon was based on real life photographs that showed men seated in chairs 'observing the shelling of Gaza from the hills of Sderot'.

The column's writer Mike Carlton tweeted examples of such photographs on Monday.

'It was wrong to publish the cartoon in its original form. We apologise unreservedly for this lapse, and the anguish and distress that has been caused,' the Herald's apology continued.


The cartoon was clearly implying that the Jewish guy in the chair was using a remote control to blow up Gaza,  which is a terrible distortion of the deadly risks that Israeli soldiers take in Gaza -- leading to death for some of them.


Bird of Paradise said...

I wish all the major Birdcage linners/Parrots Toilets would appoligise for all the nasty and false things they have said about the Tea Party

Anonymous said...

They only apologised for being called out. The don't regret that cartoon or the biased article by Carlton either. Anti-Semitism is their stock in trade as it is for all progressives.

Go Away Bird said...

Others who spews these crappy cartoons like this are Gary Treudea,Arron McGruder,Tom Toles,Clay Bennet,Rex Babin and Horsey

Anonymous said...

Good news. Mike Carlton has been forced to resign for his non apology even if he claims it was voluntary the pressure was their. No lefty journo voluntarily leaves a rag that supports the bile unless the crossed the line. Mind you the paper in question is a dying rag anyway, only read by rabid lefties.