Economist removes offending cartoon

The Economist removed a cartoon from an article on its Internet edition that was characterized as anti-Semitic.

The cartoon was removed Jan. 21 from the weekly publication, where it ran alongside an article published on Jan. 18. The cartoon appears in the print edition of the magazine.

An editor’s note was appended at the end of the article “Negotiating with Iran: A Big Gap to Close,” stating that “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 cartoon shows President Barack Obama with a leg shackled to the seal of Congress, which is covered with Stars of David. He is reaching out to shake the outstretched hand of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is followed by extremists burning an American flag. The cartoon seems to indicate that Congress is run by Jews or Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League called on the Economist to issue a “full-throated apology” for publishing the editorial cartoon in the first place. — jta