BERLIN – The Berliner Zeitung has apologized for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon on its front page last week.
The Berlin-based paper published an admission on its website that “there was a manufactured picture...from the title pages of magazine Charlie Hebdo. We regrettably showed... an anti-Semitic cartoon from Joe Lecorbeau. We offer this as an apology.”
Israel’s embassy in Berlin first noticed the phony cartoon on the front page of the Berliner Zeitung and contacted the paper about the provenance of the drawings. It is unclear how the editorial staff at the paper was hoodwinked by the fabricated Charlie Hebdo cover, however.
Lecorbeau’s illustration shows an ultra-Orthodox Jew with an enlarged nose.
The headline read “Shoah Hebdo” and the speech balloon next to the haredi image reads “1 million rebate out of six, for Palestine.”
The conflation of rebate and rabbis is an anti-Jewish play on words.