Apparently American newspaper editors aren't the only ones who fold under criticism after initially approving an editorial cartoon. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung apologized for a cartoon criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that appeared in its pages last week. The image, which Dieter Hanitzsch drew in the wake of the Gaza massacre, was seen by some as anti-Semitic.
After the artist refused to apologize for his cartoon, he was dropped by his long-time paper. His editor-in-chief tried to get out of the controversy by abdicating all responsibility for the decision-making process, and intimated the artist had "sneaked" the piece into the paper — something Hanitzsch denies.
A journalist in Nazareth took a look at the fallout from the decision as another example of how the secular Israeli government often uses accusations of anti-Semitism to deflect criticism of its actions.