Ambassador Taub’s comment on the Sunday Times cartoon which has caused outrage in the UK and abroad
28 January 2013
Asked about the cartoon in the Sunday Times which has caused outrage in the UK and abroad, Ambassador Daniel Taub commented:
Israelis have a longstanding commitment to free speech and a high threshold for tolerating strong and even provocative criticism. This cartoon, however, bears no relation whatsoever to legitimate political comment. The image of Israel’s security barrier, which is saving the lives of both Jews and Arabs from suicide bombers, being built from Palestinian blood and bodies is baseless and outrageous. The use of vicious motifs echoing those used to demonize Jews in the past is particularly shocking and hurtful on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but the crude and shallow hatred of this cartoon should render it totally unacceptable on any day of the year.