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Magazine Publishes, Retracts Cartoon Implying Jewish Control of American Government

"Inadvertently caused offence."

3:59 PM, Jan 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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In a recent issue the Economist, a British newsmagazine, published an article about the Obama adminstration's efforts to reach a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program. The article was accompanied by a political cartoon that depicts President Obama being chained and restrained in his effort to a seal of the U.S Congress. Included on the seal are two representations of the Star of David, a traditional symbol of Judaism. An interpretation is that Obama is being "held back" by the Congress and its Jewish influences--a common anti-Semitic trope.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Economist has removed the image from the online version of the article, with an accompanying message from the editor: "The print edition of this story had a cartoon which inadvertently caused offence to some readers, so we have replaced it with a photograph."

Simon Plosker has a high resolution image and a closeup of the seal:

Update: The cartoon remains on the Economist's Middle East & Africa landing page, where the Iran story is the top featured article.

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