The New York Times has issued an apology over a cartoon the publication ran in its international edition on April 25, which was later pulled because of its "anti-Semitic tropes".
The cartoon, showing the Israeli prime minister personified as a sausage dog wearing a Star of David on its collar leading President Donald Trump wearing a black suit, black sunglasses and yarmulke on his head, has been slammed for its anti-Semitic undertones, reports Newsweek.
The cartoon, depicting a seemingly blind Mr Trump walking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu portrayed as a dog, has been denounced by emphatic critics on social media, some going so far as to call out David Duke's credibility as the publication's editor.
The Times Opinion section apologised on Saturday for the cartoon, which appeared next to a column by American author and journalist Thomas Friedman about immigration, issuing the following statement:
"A political cartoon in the international print edition of The New York Times on Thursday included anti-Semitic tropes, depicting the prime minister of Israel as a guide dog with a Star of David collar leading the president of the United States, shown wearing a skullcap.
"The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News and Service Syndicate, which has since deleted it."
Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the situation ripping the Times over the "flagrant anti-Semitism" in the cartoon.
"Disgusting. I have no words for flagrant anti-Semitism on display here," the president's son tweeted.
"Imagine this was in something other than a leftist newspaper?"
Many Israelis and Jews upset by the printing of the cartoon remarked that the jab was exacerbated by being published during the Jewish holy period of Passover, reports Newsweek, the situation only worsened by the "hate crime" shooting at a California synagogue where at least one person has reportedly died and several — including children — have been injured.