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Economist removes antisemitic cartoon; apologizes for ‘inadvertent’ offense


Earlier today we posted about the following cartoon published at The Economist – used to illustrate an article about negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – which evoked the antisemitic narrative complaining of the injurious effects of Jewish power on U.S. foreign policy.

Within the past hour, we learned that the Economist removed the cartoon from the online edition of the article, and issued the following addendum:

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  1. Oh great. Just some readers “inadvertently” offended. Not the Economist editorial staff who chose a cartoon with a Star of David shown on top of a Seal of Congress and published it in the first place. So that’s OK then. And of course we know which readers were offended, don’t we?

  2. Incidentally, look at the size of the hooked noses they’ve superimposed on the images of the Iranians. Must be those semitic types responsible for holding back universal peace, eh?

    • “Stay ******* stupid, Economist ”

      I may be a fine one to talk having twice posted posts which were stupid and caused offence but just because you are allowed freedom of speech does not mean you must say the first thing that comes into your head.You cannot think an Economist reader will be cautioned by your advice?

      The cartoon had the Star of David on the seal and was a blunderingly unsubtle way to depict the undeniable Zionist influence on the White House in regards to some ME issues i e Iran. . The fact that the Star of David is Israels flag doesnt seem to have been discussed in the article.

      • Paul Titterton aka Hamsihboy aka Website aka Berchmans, a lot of pseudonyms for a simpleton and Antisemite.

        • Fritz how are you? Really good news..excellent news. My church choir is doing Fiddler on the roof. Now sit down .Guess who is Topol ? You can do this Fritz you seem to know all about many things

      • Webby:

        “The cartoon had the Star of David on the seal and was a blunderingly unsubtle way to depict the undeniable Zionist influence on the White House in regards to some ME issues i e Iran. . The fact that the Star of David is Israels flag doesnt seem to have been discussed in the article.”

        I believe it is called the Jewish Lobby and not the Zionist Lobby.
        If it was an Israeli thing why not just have a small Israeli flag which has more than the star of David as you are well aware?

        • “Israeli flag which has more than the star of David ”

          Point taken But if you look I think you might find I used the expression ” blunderingly unsubtle “

          • And you expect this from serious newpapers these days?
            Do you also excuse this sloppy excuse of journalism?

      • “The cartoon had the Star of David on the seal and was a blunderingly unsubtle way to depict the undeniable Zionist influence on the White House…”

        And yet the Star of David is a symbol JUDAISM and not Zionism. Gee, Webshit, as if none of us how clueless you are that you wouldn’t denounce such racism because you see it as clear criticism.

        Look, I don’t necessarily hate you because watching barnyard animals mate gives you both senses of pleasure and pain. I just consider that criticism of your inability to think beyond the middling range of your pea-sized brain.

        • ” watching barnyard animals mate gives you both senses of pleasure and pain.”

          Well you should spend some time doing what you enjoy doing .

    • I have no issue with the apology.
      What I want to know why the Iranian side only burn the US flag and not the Israeli one as well?
      Also, why the revolutionary guard commander is pinching Rouhali’s butt?
      Is it a sublime tasteless message about Iran’s persecution of the gay community?

      Upsidedown world alright.

      • “the Iranian side only burn the US flag and not the Israeli one ”

        Israel didnt overthrow their democracy and egg on the Iraqis to kill a million of their people ? Israel didnt shoot down a civilian airliner ?Just a guess ..the Yanks have in my lifetime managed to start a few dozen needless wars and tried to control entire continents so they have tended to make a few enemies.

        But as for me I have got to love them given that my family is now there. I have been trying to read my new book ” Things to like about Americans ” but it is so thin I cant find it on the bookshelf.

        • “Things to like about Americans ” but it is so thin I cant find it on the bookshelf”

          Berchmans an even thinner book is the “Collection of Berchmans Wit and Wisdom”

          Now back into your box you lying Racist weasel.

          • “you lying Racist weasel.”

            I resent this.I really do try hard to tell the truth . I am not a liar. Its no contest that I am a Racist weasel . Now even Livni is one

            • “I really do try hard to tell the truth ”
              Not hard enough.

              “I am not a liar”
              Aah another, failed, attempt at humour.

              “I am a Racist weasel”
              Indeed you are.

              • ” I am a Racist weasel..indeed you are. ”

                This is proof by repetition . If you say it often enough then a joke about the Americans is a racist joke despite the fact that it is a Nationalist joke. However you the care ..you seem to have a need to do so.

                • Berchmans yet again you make a pathetic attempt at misquoting from someone else’s post.

                  The quote from my post starts with a quote from your own which is;
                  “I am a Racist weasel”
                  I then agreed with you;
                  “Indeed you are.”

                  Your attempt to ‘copy and paste’ from my post is very poor, obviously you are also computer illiterate.

                  “This is proof by repetition ”
                  You do insist on repeating your pathetic attempts at humour and ignorant racist remarks, so yes you do keep repeating the proof as you have done for a long time both here and on “The Guardian” before even they got tired of your sickening antics you lying Racist weasel.

                  By the way the only humour in your posts is when you use the term ‘fact’ as clearly, from the evidence of your own posts, you wouldn’t know a ‘fact’ if one bit you on the arse as you walked past.

                • Gerald

                  ” attempts at humour and ignorant racist remarks, ”

                  Again I ask WHAT RACIST REMARKS ? Do you mean “Nationalist” and are tied into a loop of avoidance? And why does a Brit take such umbrage at a joke about the Americans Remember “Overpaid oversexed and over here “? Was that racist ?

                  Take your time about answering I realise you have got bits of your apparel caught in the zip

                • “Do you mean “Nationalist”..”
                  Already asked and already answered.

                  Now add boring to your description.
                  Berchmans the boring, lying, Racist weasel.

                • “..I realise you have got bits of your apparel caught in the zip.”

                  Berchmans have you been taking English lessons off Dim Jim?

        • Webby:

          ““the Iranian side only burn the US flag and not the Israeli one ”

          “(relating to my question about why the burning of Israeli flags and effigies of Jews and Israeli leaders being set ablaze is missing from the cartoon on the Iranian side) Israel didnt overthrow their democracy and egg on the Iraqis to kill a million of their people ? Israel didnt shoot down a civilian airliner ?Just a guess ..the Yanks have in my lifetime managed to start a few dozen needless wars and tried to control entire continents so they have tended to make a few enemies. ”

          You simply missed the entire question.
          Why don’t they show why the Israelis are so afraid of the Iranians?

          You know pictures like these:

          http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/04/21303556-american-flags-burned-as-10000-iranians-protest-on-us-embassy-siege-anniversary?lite

          I see both US and Israeli flags being burnt as well as photos of Israeli leaders burnt in Iran.

          “But as for me I have got to love them given that my family is now there.”

          This statement says it all.
          You say you fear your family’s safety so you have to play along?
          A bit like being in Nazi Germany right?
          And yet you moan about how little people did against Hitler as opposing to your brave family (which I’m not saying they weren’t).
          You are a sad excuse of a pacifist. You are an appeasing man who would not be moved or voice his anger while other nations slaughter their own because it is inconveniemnt to do so or place himself or his loved ones in danger.
          You can voice your frustration on other nations that will not retaliate against your loved ones like Israel or the US.

          There’s a word for such behaviour that warrented a hanging a long time ago.
          You should be ashamed of yourself.
          Hardly a Brit let alone a Scot!

          • “you are an appeasing man ”

            You can be original and considerate which is why I respect you but you missed in this statement . To turn the Palestinians into the Nazis is just as unacceptable as the other way round. .

            The use of WW2 verbiage is also corny. Whatever next ” We will never surrender ” ? ” “Palestinians disguised as Nuns ? “

            • Webbsite:

              You answered my comparison (You say you fear your family’s safety so you have to play along?
              A bit like being in Nazi Germany right?
              And yet you moan about how little people did against Hitler as opposing to your brave family (which I’m not saying they weren’t).) with the following:

              “The use of WW2 verbiage is also corny.”

              Fine, I’ll compare it to Stalin’s Russia or any part of the USSR between 1948 – 1989.
              Just didn’t want to hurt you by reminding you how your love affair with the Soviets ended, but since you insist.

              You also said:

              “To turn the Palestinians into the Nazis is just as unacceptable as the other way round. . ”

              That is correct.
              unless of course they allied themselves with the Nazis or carried supporting the final solution after WW2.
              Now, I never said the Palestinians are Nazis.
              I do, however, say that the PA, Hamas and PIJ have routinly portrayed Antisemitic materials in their education programmes and videos.

              Care to dispute this?

              I’d like to point out that there are Palestinians who oppose such Drek of an educational programmes. They end up being silenced like in your idea of how the CIA operates.

              I’m sorry but I really find your excuse of not opposing Iran’s regime as a result of your family being there to be beyond a joke.
              i find you biased and even though you can say the same of me, and could be quite right, I am far more objective in my view then you are.

              The sad bit is that you know you are not objective, yet portray yourself as one.
              Why would you do that?
              Guilt?
              If so, over what?

              I have a sound reason to hate Arabs.
              My uncle was killed by one Egyptian sniper, some of my childhood friends were killed by hizbullah and during their service and my childhood was being spent in a bunker because of shelling around my kibbutz.
              Many will fall into the revenge cycle.
              Yet, I choose not to hate them because of many factors.

              You on the other hand have very little reasons to hate Israel judging you are from Scotland and did not fought in any of the Arab Israeli wars.
              Why are you not as objective as one would expect?
              Why minimise the good work so many on both sides do and exagerate the wrongs of one side while ignore the blatant errors of the other?
              Is it a relic of Scotland’s history of abuse by the English and the “support the underdog” mentality that still reside in some circles?
              I have asked you to take a good look at the mirror. Did you?
              The fact that others don’t doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
              Practice what you preach and rise above those you cast as outlaws.
              It all begins at home.

              • “Now, I never said the Palestinians are Nazis.”

                Then why the word ” appeasement “.. forever associated with not standing up to the most famous Nazi?

                ” You on the other hand have very little reasons to hate Israel ”

                You have got the wrong guy. I condemn any attack on Israel whether in retaliation or not.I condemn a stone lifted against even armed Israeli police using gas I find many things to like about the place , the spirit of the people, the brilliance of their writers ,easy to admire. I respect the astonishing leap in gay disabled and gender rights .

                • Fine, I retract my second comment though your over criticism makes it hard to see.
                  As for my first I stand by it.
                  I never said the Palestinians are Nazis.
                  Shall we contact Oxford and remove the word appeasement from the English language?

                  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/appeasement

                  appeasement (əˈpiːzmənt)
                  n
                  1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the policy of acceding to the demands of a potentially hostile nation in the hope of maintaining peace

                  2. the act of appeasing

                  I doubt it has to do with the Nazis. for all we know it could do with native Americans or the treaty of Waitangi.
                  It could also something to do with Israel’s withrawl from south Lebanon.

        • And since your family is in Iran ask them to enquire about the stories how in anti governments demos the thousands chanted “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon, my heart is for Iran”.

          Of course these stories are only told very very quietly because you know what happen to those who are caught.
          Their families will be lucky if they are even shown a grave where their loved ones are supposed to have been buried.

        • Webbsite:

          “I have been trying to read my new book ” Things to like about Americans ”.

          That’s an odd thing to hear from a liberal person.
          Who’s the author?

        • You are not only a racist weasel berchmans but a complete idiot too.
          That you don’t like the US – the most free country on the planet – is only natural. They saved the sorry British and European asses from losing two world wars sacrificing hundreds of thousands of American lives, saving millions of people from mass murderers like Hitler, Stalin, Saddam and the Kim family (you know their needless wars). I understand your frustration – without their needless wars you could be an officer in the Scottish section of the Gestapo with free access to Jewish children or alternatively an interrogator of the KGB Glasgow office. I understand that you are angry at the US forcing you to leave your colonies and stop robbing from billions of people their natural resources.
          But your idiotic crack about “things to like about America” is really a new record of your amazing malevolent stupidity and ignorance.
          If this book is so thin then the millions of people waiting in line before US embassies worldwide to get a green card or an immigration visa, the millions of illegal immigrants – what do you think – they really need your book to know what to like there?
          As it is obvious you instead of them like Iran – you must be looking at them in awe – their murderous oppression of religious minorities, their gentle culture hanging gays and stoning adulterers – they hanged only 40 during the last two weeks – I understand your eternal love of them. Please remind the readers here – is there any fascist dictators whose ass remained unlicked by you?
          BTW only a simple question. If the US is the hell on Earth as you are trying to paint it – what your family members are doing there? Have been forcibly deported from Scotland to the US? They didn’t inherit your sadistic genes and are outright masochists? Maybe they did find this your “thin book”?

          • “you could be an officer in the Scottish section of the Gestapo ”

            How times have changed . Once you had to be a mass murdering Nazi to be in the Gestapo . Now you can be one if you think a line on a map should be moved a few miles just like some senior Israeli politicians .

            • …if you think a line on a map should be moved a few miles just like some senior Israeli politicians
              If you really think this then you proved again your complete, total and irrefutable ignorance, stupidity and malevolence.
              But why I’m not surprised that you don’t have any answer regarding the number of people wanting to live in the US – in this very unlikeable place and why do you like so much the murderous Iranian regime.
              I could suggest you a very good psychiatrist in the US – maybe she could help to solve your family members’ apparent masochistic inclinations. The only problem berchmans that she is a …Zionist… you got my drift did you?

              • “your complete, total and irrefutable ignorance, stupidity and malevolence.”

                Good heavens you have led a sheltered life . People who have conquered “stupidity and malevolence” here are locked up for mass murder ..rather than for writing a few lines on a site.

                Ponderous overstatement is the worst thing in the world.

                • Any answer regarding the huge number of people who want to live in the Us? You don’t have any? Interesting…

                • “Ponderous overstatement is the worst thing in the world.”

                  I have no time and patience for semantics as you know, Webby, but I assume you are being ironic in the knowledge that that very statement is an excellent example of “ponderous overstatement.”

  3. Inadvertently caused offence, but deliberately offensive, I suggest, would make that withdrawal`s ambivalence more explicit.