UPDATE 4:30 P.M.: The controversial cartoon still remains published on a separate area of the Economist’s website.
The Economist published on Saturday and then removed on Monday a cartoon that many observers criticized as anti-Semitic.
The cartoon in questions was published alongside an article focused on the challenges of reaching a final nuclear deal with Tehran.
It featured President Obama in leg shackles towing a ball labeled “U.S. Congress.” Embedded in the image of Congress are two Jewish Stars of David, which observers saw as a reference to the anti-Semitic canard that Jewish people control Congress.
The Economist removed the image on Monday following backlash from readers.
“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,” read a statement posted at the bottom of the article.