The Economist Prints Anti-Semitic Cartoon

The piece is adorned with a cartoon meant to promote the anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews controlling the government.

In its latest issue news weekly, The Economist contains an article about the P5+1 negotiations with Iran regarding the regime's nuclear program. The article is called: "Negotiating with Iran: A big gap to close." The article is about the next steps in the negotiations, moving from the temporary agreement to a permanent one. Despite the fact that it has little to do with the article, the piece is adorned with a cartoon meant to promote the anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews controlling the government.

The article itself only mentions Israel once: "Though hailed as an historic breakthrough by some and a terrible blunder by others (notably Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister)." It does not mention AIPAC or the American Jewish Committee. The cartoon however depicts President Obama with his ankle shackled to the seal of the US Congress decorated with Stars of David, preventing Obama from shaking hands with Iran’s President Rouhani. It equates the Israeli-dominated Congress with radicals in Iran burning the American flag.

The message is clear: American Jews, through their control of Congress, are holding the United States back from making peace with Iran. 

Update: The Economist removed the cartoon from the version of the story appearing on its website, replacing it with a picture of President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani. They added this note to the end of the story:

Editor's note: The print edition of this story had a cartoon which inadvertently caused offence to some readers, so we have replaced it with a photograph.

 

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