German newspaper condemned over 'anti-semitic' Netanyahu cartoon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Germany's new anti-Semitism commissioner says a leading newspaper crossed a "red line" with a caricature of Benjamin Netanyahu portraying the Israeli PM with oversized lips, ears and nose.

Felix Klein, who was appointed this year amid concerns over rising anti-Semitism, told the Bild newspaper that Tuesday's cartoon in Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung - in the aftermath of the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem - recalled "the intolerable depictions of Nazi propaganda".

The drawing depicts Mr Netanyahu dressed as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

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

Sueddeutsche Zeitung has apologised for the caricature.

-PA

More in this Section

Ralph Northam blackface photo probe 'inconclusive' despite governor admitting he was in picture

'Big news expected tonight': British MPs meet to discuss forcing Theresa May to step down

Why has Theresa May’s ‘bold’ Brexit offer been received so badly?

Prada announces it will no longer use fur


Lifestyle

Plants you can pop on your patio for summer

A Question of Taste with Cormac Begley

Will Smith lets the Genie out of the bottle about Aladdin

New album of Rory Gallagher's music features unreleased tracks

More From The Irish Examiner