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