SHAFAQNA – AlAraby : British newspaper The Guardian has reportedly refused to publish a cartoon lambasting the UK prime minister for meeting with Israel’s leader amid a deadly crackdown on Palestinians.
The Huffington Post UK on Thursday published emails from cartoonist Steve Bell to a Guardian editor, in which he challenged the decision.
In the correspondences, Bell complains that the daily “unfairly traduced and censored” the work, depicting Theresa May sitting next to Binyamin Netanyahu while slain Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar burns in a fireplace behind them.
Israeli snipers fatally shot Najjar, 21, last Friday in Gaza as she provided first aid to injured protesters while wearing a white medical coat. Her killing sparked international outrage.
The newspaper’s editor apparently refused to publish the political cartoon because it contained “anti-Semitic tropes” – a charge denied by Bell.
“The cartoon is sensitive, not tasteless, not disrespectful, and certainly contains no anti-Semitic tropes. It should have been published as it stands,” Bell said.
The New Arab has reached out for comment from The Guardian.
May met with Netanyahu on Wednesday at Downing Street, despite at least 129 Palestinians having been killed by Israeli gunfire in protests in Gaza since March 30.
May said Britain “absolutely recognises” Israel’s right to defend itself against “extremists and terrorists” but expressed “concerned” about Palestinian deaths.
The meeting took place as protesters gathered outside May’s office.
Israel has used exceedingly deadly force to crack down on protests in Gaza. There have been no Israeli casualties.
Britain last week abstained from voting on a UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect Palestinians.
Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in protests to coincide with the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel has accused slain medic Najjar of agreeing to serve as a “human shield” during the protests.