Economist Spikes Anti-Semitic Cartoon

UPDATE 4:30 P.M.: The controversial cartoon still remains published on a separate area of the Economist's website
A picture of the cartoon from the Jan. 18 print issue of The Economist

A picture of the cartoon from the Jan. 18 print issue of The Economist

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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.

The image of the Jewish star “falls firmly under the working definitions of anti-Semitism from both the U.S. State Department and the” European Union, according to Honest Reporting.