The independent student newspaper at UC Berkeley has removed an editorial cartoon from its website that critics including UC Berkeley’s chancellor called anti-semitic.
The depiction of attorney Alan Dershowitz that gave him distorted features and showed him stamping on a Palestinian person, “should not have been published, and we sincerely apologize that it was,” Daily Californian editor-in-chief Karim Doumar wrote in a blog entry posted on the paper’s website on Friday.
The cartoon, which appeared in the paper on Oct. 13, “hearkened to clearly anti-Semitic tropes,” Doumar wrote. Because of that, it has been taken off the website.
In addition, wrote Doumar, “we are ensuring that a detailed knowledge of the history of harmful visual propaganda becomes an integral part of how we train our staff.”
The cartoon appeared after a speech on campus by Dershowitz, who supports the nation of Israel although he opposes its settlements in Palestinian territories.
It quickly brought letters criticizing what one former student called a “wholly inappropriate and grotesque” caricature. Chancellor Carol Christ in a letter called the cartoon “offensive, appalling and deeply disappointing.”
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