UK paper: Can Israel be compared to Nazis?

Newspaper issues apology after receiving complaints about poll.

By JONNY PAUL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN LONDON
January 19, 2009 21:33
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A British newspaper has issued an apology after receiving complaints about a poll published Monday in which it asked if Israel can be compared to the Nazis. Metro, a free morning paper distributed across the UK, asked the question, "Can Israel be compared to the Nazis?" in its daily poll. The newspaper claims the poll was in response to comments made by a Jewish-born MP who, in a debate in the House of Commons last Thursday, accused Israel of behaving like the Nazis. Responding to IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich's remarks on Sky News last week, Labor MP Gerald Kaufman said: "On Sky News a few days ago, the spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Maj. Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians, the total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that 500 of them were militants." He added: "That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose that the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw Ghetto could have been dismissed as militants." Following numerous telephone and e-mail complaints to Metro, the newspaper reworded the question and issued an apology. "The overzealous paraphrasing of Mr. Kaufman's comment in an earlier version of this poll may have caused offense to some Metro readers. We apologize for this," the paper said. The poll now reads, "Was Jewish MP Gerald Kaufman justified in making his comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week?"

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