Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: EPA/JIM HOLLANDER
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

UN, US — Israel's UN ambassador on Monday demanded that the New York Times hold accountable those responsible for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon, despite an apology issued by the newspaper.

The cartoon, which appeared in the international edition on Thursday, depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind Donald Trump — who was wearing a kippah, or a Jewish skullcap.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said the cartoon "could have been taken from the pages of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda paper, and yet these actions have gone unpunished".

The newspaper apologised for the cartoon on Saturday, saying: "The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it."

Danon said: "I am not in a position of accepting or not accepting the apology, but if somebody make a mistake, I think somebody should be accountable," adding that such images can incite violence against Jews.

On Sunday, the NYT issued an additional statement saying it was "deeply sorry" and committed to "making sure nothing like this happens again".

"We have investigated how this happened and learnt that, because of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight, downloaded the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the opinion page," it said.

The NYT said the matter was under internal review and that they "anticipate significant changes".

"Those who engage in anti-Semitism must be punished, whether it's here at the UN, political leaders, editors, policy pundits or college professors," said Danon, who spoke to reporters ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East.

AFP