Published January 28, 2013
LONDON – Jewish leaders in Britain and Israel are upset over a Sunday Times cartoon that depicts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall using blood-red mortar.
Some in the Jewish community drew parallels between the cartoon and anti-Semitic propaganda, which is often blood-drenched.
The discomfort was heightened by the timing: The cartoon was published on Holocaust Memorial Day, intended to commemorate the communities destroyed by the Nazis and their allies.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews, which represents the roughly 265,000-strong Jewish community, said it had lodged a complaint with the country's press watchdog.
The Times said in a statement Monday that insulting the memory of the Holocaust was "the last thing" it wanted to do.