‘Economist’ pulls cartoon showing Obama shackled to Congress bearing Star of David

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Economist cartoon, since removed
Economist cartoon, since removed


This cartoon was published by the Economist to accompany an article about threats to the Iran deal. The cartoon unleashed criticism. (Per the JTA and the Times of Israel). 

And the Economist now has this afterword to the story:

“The print edition of this story had a cartoon which inadvertently caused offense to some readers, so we have replaced it with a photograph.”

The Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman called on the Economist to issue a “full-throated apology” for publishing the cartoon.

The Economist cannot repair the damage of publishing an anti-Semitic image with only half-measures. …

This was nothing less than a visual representation of the age-old anti-Semitic canard of Jewish control. And it conjures up yet another classic anti-Semitic myth — the accusation that Jews have “dual loyalty” and will act only on behalf of Israel to the detriment of their own country.  This is the stuff of the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” recycled for a modern-day audience with a wink and a nod to Professors Mearsheimer and Walt and Jimmy Carter.

The Economist already has a credibility problem when it comes to Israel. The fact that this cartoon passed editorial muster without raising red flags raises serious questions about its editorial judgment and the possibility of a more deeply ingrained bias against the Jewish State.

I got this pin from AIPAC. Is it anti-Semitic?

AIPAC lapel pin
AIPAC lapel pin

Foxman smeared political scientists Steve Walt and John Mearsheimer and former president Jimmy Carter for talking about the Israel lobby.

While he’s at it, why doesn’t he land on Jon Stewart for being anti-Semitic? As The Washington Post explains Stewart’s sketch last week:

He asks, reasonably: Why are 59 senators pushing for a sanctions bill that most observers seem to think will actually set back the bill’s goal? He argues that this is explained by the nefarious behind-the-scenes lobbying of pro-Israel groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Lesson: You’re not allowed to debate this political issue with any of the tools you bring to other debates (criticism, anger, satire, contempt, exaggeration). And you’re not allowed to talk about the Israel lobby if you’re not Jewish.

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Disappointed that the Economist whimped out under pressure. The Star of David imagary is tricky, though. If it was a Star of David on Obama’s every move, all domestic and all foreign, it would be anti-Semitic(as well as absurd, as if Jews controlled US policy towards China or Obama’s education policy). But in this context, when it comes to Iran, it’s simply true that the Israel lobby(or Jewish lobby as they say in Israel) is… Read more »

I’ve never had much time for ‘The Economist’ and now I have even less. They should not have self-censored, certainly not at the behest of the odious professional offenderato Abe Foxmann. People do not have a right not to be ‘offended’. I have no doubt that if it were Muslims or Palestinians who were ‘offended’, we’d hear the usual schtick about the sacredness of ‘freedom of speech’ and how Muslims need to learn how ‘we… Read more »

I had to look real hard to find the Star of David on the US seal. Would not have noticed it without bewing told to look for it. Shows you how obsessed I-First is with scannning and examining every possible thing in public view. The two flags pin isnt anti semitic, its anti American in its message that Israel is part of the US. No politicians wear a pin with the Star and Stripes and… Read more »

This was nothing less than a visual representation of the age-old anti-Semitic canard of Jewish control. that’s just not true. there are at least 2 other/5-pointed stars on that congress seal also. so it’s up to the viewer to determine the 6 pointed star is controlling the others, but the graphic doesn’t say that. it does say obama is bound by congress and for sure the intent of aipac is to impact congress, so what’s… Read more »

Israel chooses to have as its flag the Star of David. The most obvious way for a cartoonist to signify a connection to Israel is to use its flag symbol. If the cartoon had pictured a menorah, Foxman might have had more justification for this silly outburst. Then the cartoonist might be suggesting that Congress is mostly Jewish or at least shackled by American Jews as opposed to Israel supporters. But Israel is pushing hard… Read more »