It’s been an interesting week for the notion of free speech… This past Sunday saw leaders of the ‘free world’ march through the streets of Paris and other cities across France to rally in defense of freedom of speech, in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to the Associated Press, 3.7 million people marched throughout France, making the demonstration the largest in the country’s history.

Sunday also saw ‘Celebrity Guardians of Liberty’ walk the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. ‘Wicker Park’ actress Diane Kruger held up a sign reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’. Amal Alamuddin sported a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ button on her Dior handbag. Kathy Bates flashed her iPhone for photographers donning the same message — ‘Je Suis Charlie’.

Of course, this past week also saw the slaughter of an estimated 2000 people at the hands of Boko Haram in the north-eastern town of Baga, Nigeria. According to the Guardian, one escapee was quoted saying, “For five kilometres (three miles), I kept stepping on dead bodies until I reached Malam Karanti village, which was also deserted and burnt.” Amnesty International described the mass killing in Nigeria as the ‘deadliest massacre in the history of Boko Haram.’ But C’mon people… Nobody wants to talk about that? George Clooney doesn’t… Jared Leto doesn’t… FFS one would have to come up with a whole new hashtag?!!

Anyway, I digress… Back to the ol’ “Freedom of Speech” thing… Exactly 12 months ago, British paper The Sunday Times published a cartoon by editorial cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, which depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with the blood and bodies of slaughtered Palestinians…

Oy veh! (Yiddish for ‘We F**ked Up!’)

As one would expect, the powerful Israeli lobby went into overdrive. The Times of Israel reported that Israel would seek a formal apology for the ‘anti-Semitic’ Netanyahu cartoon, and Israeli’s the world over joined in the chorus of condemnation. “We genuinely think that a red line has been crossed,” said Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to London. Even former British premier Tony Blair deplored the artistic representation.

This is a cartoon of the same Israeli Prime Minster that walked arm-in-arm, front-and-center in this Sunday’s march for free speech (just BTW).

So, what happened? Well as expected, free speech caved to political pressure. Media baron and The Sunday Times owner Rupert Murdoch formally apologized saying the cartoon “did not reflect the paper’s editorial line.” He took to Twitter tweeting, “we owe major apology for grotesque, offensive cartoon.”

Furthermore, The Sunday Times printed an admission of guilt under the headline: Netanyahu cartoon: an apology. In it they wrote, “The image we published of Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, which appeared to show him revelling in the blood of Palestinians crossed a line. The image would have been a mistake on any day but the fact that last Sunday was Holocaust Memorial Day compounded the error.”

The Sunday Times is not a satirical publication ergo, the cartoon is anti-Semitic. – What a crock of sh*t!

Following the British papers groveling apology, numerous publications that had re-published the cartoon swiftly removed it from their websites fearing among other things, legal repercussions.

Today, exactly one week after the attack on free speech; as Charlie Hebdo hits the stands with the highest publication figures in the magazine’s nearly 40-year history, we present to you The Sunday Times cartoon.

For like Clooney said, “We will not walk in fear. We won’t do it.”