Mr Scarfe has asked that we issue the following statement following the publication of his cartoon in the Sunday Times.
First of all I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic. The Sunday Times has given me the freedom of speech over the last 46 years to criticise world leaders for what I see as their wrong-doings. This drawing was a criticism of Netanyahu, and not of the Jewish people: there was no slight whatsoever intended against them. I was, however, stupidly completely unaware that it would be printed on Holocaust Day, and I apologise for the very unfortunate timing.
I was truly disappointed to find this mealy-mouthed apology, on the web-site of Gerald Scarfe. Whom does he imagine is carrying out the dirty work for Netanyahu, if not those whom put criminals like him into office? For that matter it is not Netanyahu who is destroying the Olive groves and water sources of the Palestinians.
As for holocaust remembrance day, there is hardly a day of the year which does not correspond with some genocide or other, I’m quite sure he would have no idea whether in the past, some attack, against the Irish for example, may have occurred on a day of Remembrance for the Irish Holocaust, which was carried out by the City of London, killing five million Irish people and I do not suppose it would merit an apology, we all understand, nobody other than Jews are deserving of sympathy and reparations.