German newspaper condemned for cartoon of Israel's Netanyahu

  • Caricature of Israeli Prime Minister portrayed him with oversized lips and ears
  • Cartoon in Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung showed him with missile in his hand
  • Anti-Semitism commissioner says paper crossed a 'red line' publishing sketch
  • Felix Klein said it recalled 'the intolerable depictions of Nazi propaganda'

By Ap and Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 04:29 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 10:42 EDT, 17 May 2018

A German newspaper has been condemned for a cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu that an official said brought back memories of 'intolerable Nazi propaganda'.

A caricature of the Israeli Prime Minister that appeared in Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung portrayed him with oversized lips, ears and nose.

The cartoon also depicts the 68-year-old dressed as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won this year's Eurovision song contest.

A German newspaper has been condemned for a cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) that an official said brought back memories of 'intolerable Nazi propaganda'
A German newspaper has been condemned for a cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) that an official said brought back memories of 'intolerable Nazi propaganda'

A German newspaper has been condemned for a cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) that an official said brought back memories of 'intolerable Nazi propaganda'

Le commissaire fédéral à la lutte contre l'antisémitisme en Allemagne, Felix Klein, a fustigé mercredi le plus grand quotidien allemand Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) pour avoir publié un dessin antisémite attaquant Benjamin Netanyahu et Netta Barzilaihttps://t.co/GR9kqshrwZ pic.twitter.com/kZliraF2sh

— LILI BROUWN (@LiliBrouwn) May 17, 2018

The heart that forms the 'v' in Eurovision is replaced with a Star of David and Netanyahu is hoisting a missile in his hand, saying 'next year in Jerusalem.'

Germany's new anti-Semitism commissioner says the Sueddeutsche Zeitung has crossed a 'red line' by publishing the sketch.

Felix Klein was appointed this year amid concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the country.

The cartoon also depicts the 68-year-old dressed as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai (pictured), who won this year's Eurovision song contest
The cartoon also depicts the 68-year-old dressed as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai (pictured), who won this year's Eurovision song contest

The cartoon also depicts the 68-year-old dressed as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai (pictured), who won this year's Eurovision song contest

He told the Bild newspaper on Thursday that Tuesday's cartoon recalled 'the intolerable depictions of Nazi propaganda.'

Sueddeutsche Zeitung has apologized for the caricature.

It comes after a week in which Israeli forces were involved in deadly clashes with Palestinians along the Gaza border.

More than 60 protesters were killed amid fury over the opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem. Israel defended its use of force, claiming troops were protecting the border.

 

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