The New York Times has retracted and apologised for a political cartoon, which has been called out for being an example of "naked anti-semitism".

The image, which appeared last week in the paper's international edition depicted the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu as a sausage dog on a leash being walked by president Trump. Trump is wearing a skullcap and dark sunglasses as if he were blind, while Netanyahu has the Star of David hanging from his collar.

The image sparked outcry among the Jewish community, with some noting that antisemites commonly compare Jewish people to dogs or pigs. Others also pointed to the rise in hate crimes related to anti-semitism in the country, as just last week another shooting at a synagogue in San Diego left one person dead.

The editor of the Times published an apology over the weekend, writing:

The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it.


But an advocacy organisation called the American Jewish Committee took to Twitter to call out the paper for its offensive cartoon, saying it did not accept their apology.

The Times has since retracted the cartoon.


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