Chief Rabbi defends Rupert Murdoch during Israel tour

By Jenni Frazer, February 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made an unexpectedly robust defence of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than Mr Murdoch.

Lord Sacks spoke during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the UJIA.


A Scarfe won’t Ward off the cold

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 12, 2013

Look, I know we're all supposed to be beside ourselves with anger over That Cartoon. I know That Cartoon has given rise to a communal uproar - a rare instance of almost total communal unity, our righteous outrage dutifully articulated by the Board of Deputies, the JLC, CST and so on.


Censorship? Never, this is Human Rights Watch

By Orlando Radice, February 8, 2013

There is a respectful hush among the journalists. This is the launch of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) World Report 2013, and executive director Kenneth Roth is at the podium. “The media is key to what we do,” he tells the press.


Polish embassy complaint over 'antisemitism' claims in Giles Coren's column

By Jennifer Lipman, February 5, 2013

The Polish ambassador to the UK has expressed outrage over a column in The Times by Giles Coren poking fun at the country's attitude toward Jews.

Mr Coren, who is known for courting controversy in his columns, wrote the piece in Saturday's paper, ostensibly in response to the census findings that Polish is now England's second language.


Sunday Times: Netanyahu HMD cartoon 'crossed the line'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2013

The Sunday Times has admitted that the publication of a cartoon attacking Benjamin Netanyahu on Holocaust Memorial Day "detracted from a day that marks one of the greatest evils in human history".

In a statement on the controversy in this week's paper, the Sunday Times described Gerald Scarfe's artwork as "brutal and bloody and his opinions are his own, not those of this newspaper".


Scarfe promises UK public apology over HMD cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2013

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has been reprimanded across the board for his drawing attacking Benjamin Netanyahu in last week's Sunday Times, including by the paper's acting editor Martin Ivens and its proprietor Rupert Murdoch.


The week extremism became mainstream

By Martin Bright, January 31, 2013

In January 2013, a watershed was reached in the history of anti-Zionism. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), a time for reflection and collective grief for the suffering of the victims of genocide, was overshadowed by two men.

First, LibDem MP David Ward drew a parallel between the death camps and the “atrocities” against the Palestinian people by “the Jews”.


Sunday Times editor unreservedly apologises for Netanyahu cartoon

By Jenni Frazer, January 29, 2013

Martin Ivens, acting editor of the Sunday Times, has apologised "unreservedly" for the publication of Gerald Scarfe's cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend.


Scarfe sorry over 'unfortunate' timing of Sunday Times Netanyahu cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has issued an explanation following the outcry over his drawing of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in this week's Sunday Times.

Mr Scarfe, who on Monday told the Jewish Chronicle that he had not been aware that the offending image would be published on Holocaust Memorial Day, denied accusations of antisemitism but apologised "for the very unfortunate timing".


Chief Rabbi weighs into Sunday Times Scarfe cartoon row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

The chief rabbi has warned of the dangers of "inflammatory" images such as Gerald Scarfe's Sunday Times cartoon about Benjamin Netanyahu.