Tuesday, January 21

Economist removes ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon after criticism

The Ugly Truth

Critics take editors to task for publishing an image depicting Barack Obama shackled by a Jewish- or Israeli-controlled Congress

ed note–keep in mind the the artist depicting the seal was accurate. Not only the seal of the House of Reps, but as well of the US Senate, the Great Seal of the United States, as well as several others, bear the Star of David–
The Jews LOVE burying their symbolism in things to show their power to the initiated, but then when people (the Gentiles) begin figuring it out and talking about it, suddenly it becomes ‘anti-Semitism’.
Times of Israel
The Economist removed on Monday a controversial cartoon it had published two days earlier, which observers blasted as anti-Semitic.
The cartoon — which depicts US President Barack Obama, shackled by a seal of Congress overlaid with Stars of David, trying to shake the hand of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is being held back by American flag-burning extremists — had accompanied an article that described the deep rifts between the US and Iran in negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
As of early Tuesday, the cartoon had been replaced in the article page with a photo, but it remained visible on the Middle East and Africa section of The Economist website.
An editor’s note at the bottom of the article referred to the illustration, by Peter Schrank: “The print edition of this story had a cartoon which inadvertently caused offense to some readers, so we have replaced it with a photograph.”
Readers were quick to criticize The Economist for the cartoon’s publication, blasting editors for not recognizing it as an anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli display.
The implication, critics said, was that Jews control the US Congress, or that the legislative body functions under the direction of Israel. With the Stars of David superimposed over the Congressional seal being blue, the connection to Israel did not go unnoticed.
Honest Reporting, an NGO that monitors anti-Israel content in the media, issued a statement criticizing The Economist’s editorial staff for not picking up on the fact that the cartoon promoted anti-Semitism.
“Jewish control over governments, the media and the international financial system is a classic feature of anti-Semitism and the cartoon is, wittingly or unwittingly, promoting this trope,” the statement read.
“This falls firmly under the working definitions of anti-Semitism from both the US State Department and the EU, which specifically include: ‘Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.’”

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