The Economist: We do not believe Jews control Congress

Last week we posted about the following cartoon by Peter Schrank published at The Economist – used to illustrate an article about negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – which evoked the antisemitic narrative on the supposed injurious influence of Jewish power on U.S. foreign policy.

cartoonOur blog post included the following headline:


Later in the day we learned that The Economist had removed the cartoon from the online edition of the article, and issued the following addendum:

Today, we noticed that they revised their editor’s note and addressed the specific question posed by this blog and several other commentators:

update econ

While it’s unclear what Peter Schrank believes about the criticism directed towards his cartoon, we’re of course glad that editors at The Economist distanced themselves from such racist (and increasingly prevalent) beliefs about the ‘corrupting influence’ of Jewish power.

h/t Gidon 

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    • “Jews control Congress”

      This is a serious and needless overstatement.The cartoon was referring ,by definition ,to the Iranian situation only.. Are we saying that there is not a significant Jewish and Zionist supporting presence in the US lobbying like mad to ensure Iran is seen as a danger to the world along Nazi Germany lines?

      ” Peter Schrank should change his name to Peter Schmuck.”

      I was reminded of the brilliance of the American wordsmiths earlier ..there was a tribute to Pete Seeger on the BBC news. Its patchy though isnt it ?

      • Sorry, Asshole. That Congressional Seal has 2 Stars of David on it.

        You’re on a Pete Seeger trip, I see. He was awesome. A real peace lover who stood by his morals and rolled with the punches. A true giant in the field of music. A man who got screwed over by his country during the Red Scare, and I’m sure he would have an opinion that would reflect a distaste for using FEAR and HATE MONGER TACTICS in an attempt to SCORE POLITICAL POINTS.

        You’re not even a half-wit, Barfmanns. You’re a nothing.

        • ” Where have all the flowers gone “…..Seeger

          ” Asshole.”.. Koufaxmitzvah

          It takes all types to forge the wonderful US of A . The strong, the weak , the old, the young , black .. white ..the gifted , the pumpkins ! 🙂

          • “It takes all types to forge the wonderful US of A ”
            And soon Berchmans you.

            Berchmans, Keep Scotland, and the U.K., Tidy, stay in the USA.

            Sorry Americans but we owe you one for Little Jimmy Osmond and “Long Haired lover from Liverpool”

          • Webshit: “Jews control America.”

            Islamic Jihad: “Jews control America.”

            Hamas: “Jews control America.”

            David Duke: “Jews control America.”

            Greta Berlin: “Jews control America.”

            Webshit: “I’m not an anti-Semite.”

            Islamic Jihad: “We;re not anti-Semites.”

            Hamas: “We’re not anti-Semites.”

            David Duke: “I’m not an anti-Semite.”

            Greta Berlin: “I’m not an anti-Semite.”

            Webshit: “It’s about revolution.”

            Islamic Jihad: “It’s about revolution.”

            Hamas: “It’s about revolution.”

            David Duke: “It’s about revolution.”

            Greta Berlin: “It’s about revolution.”

            • “The love between my brothers and my sisters” … Pete Seeger

              You are a disgrace to the country that has the second best song writing tradition in the world

              • Berchmans you are a liar with no credibility.
                Yet you dare to suggest someone is a “.disgrace to the country..”

                Fly, fly little Tit

              • Bring it, Bitch.

                You’re a disgrace to your family whom, I’m sure, are so impressed with your tone deaf tunnel vision, constantly switching your arguments from the right of Jewish determination to the wrongs of the continued stance of the Jewish state.

                In fact, you’re an embarrassment to peace lovers everywhere. Not just that, but to human’s whose minds have evolved beyond the pea-sized nuggets of hate mantras and dipshit moral equivalences.

                Your turn.

              • I know Barfbag has been doing his research on Pete Seeger’s stance on Israel and Zionism and can’t find anything. Maybe that’s because Barfbag doesn’t have a clue as to what Pete Seeger really stands for.

                Something tells me, Barfbag, that Pete Seeger would be just fine with me utilizing my 1st Amendment rights to stand for what I believe in. As Seeger said at the opening of his HUAC session back in the ’50s:

                “I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known. I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American. I will tell you about my songs, but I am not interested in telling you who wrote them, and I will tell you about my songs, and I am not interested in who listened to them.”

                Go fuck yourself, Barfbag.

      • Webbsite:

        “The cartoon was referring ,by definition ,to the Iranian situation only.. ”

        Then why is the mentioning of the Syria peace talks in the article?
        Careful now, you want to make sure your family left Iranian air space before speaking up.

        Seriously now, you really do make an effort to excuse some unballanced cartoons in a serious Western paper.

        I don’t even mention your excuses of the Arab paper’s antisemitic cartoons, which it appears Israel’s own being makes it a legitimate target if I understand you right.
        Didn’t you mention that Israel’s success fuels antisemitism?

        • ” Israel’s own being ”

          Yes well that would be a political issue . Not, as is implied here, an indication of one’s degree of anti semitism. Surely it is possible to suggest other political outcomes.. indeed names for the favourite is “Palestein” but I am happy that it is called “Israel” and is specified as ” the Jewish Homeland” long as it is democratic and adheres to the 67 lines in a manner befitting a partner for peace.

          • “ long as it is democratic and adheres to the 67 lines in a manner befitting a partner for peace.”


            So why the 3 NOs?
            Why disagree the partition plan pre Israel when they’d get far more than the pre 67 lines, and far more than what agreed in San Remo or by Faisal and Weizman.

  1. This is good news and I’m glad the editor saw sense in adding this.
    The sad reality these decisions should be made in advance and not after the damage is done.
    I guess better late than never.

  2. Only fools claim that Congress is not controlled by AIPAC. Just look at Chuck Hagel trying to defend his tame criticism of Israel. Look who funds both sides. This is why US acting as an honest broker in peace talks is laughed at by the rest of the world.

      • 50% correct.I am a revisionist, but not a Nazi. My heroes in the middle east conflict are Jews, so I am no anti-semite either.

        • “My heroes in the middle east conflict are Jews”

          Really, what are the names of these heroes of yours?

                • Wikipedia: “Norman Finkelstein is a professor and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust, an interest motivated by the experiences of his parents who were Jewish Holocaust” survivors.

                • Motivated by Albert Hourani, another propgandist posing as historian, with whom Pappé studied, not by his parents, which are not anymore of your business, nazi, thanks to Israel.

                • Corr. this meant to be posted at a Pappé post.
                  Finkelstein`s parents were survivors, too, his mother turned into a radical pacifist, albeit common sense should have said her nobody of the European Jewry would have survived without war against Nazi Germany, certainly not my father`s side in Hungary.
                  Finkelstein`s mentor was and is Chomsky, another from the many of left extremist lunatics with Jewish background turning against the Jewish state. First as Stalinists obediently following Big Brother (even the trotskyst following the line) it became part and tradition of the left extreme mentality.

              • “Norman Finkelstein and Ilan Pappé are two men of courage”

                What makes you think that they are men of courage?

                • “they speak the truth despite it not being popular.”
                  Interesting peter.

                  What exactly is the truth?
                  And, how do you know it is the truth?

                • “i suggest you do some research with an open mind”

                  So your answers to the two questions are what ?
                  Or is it safe to assume that you do not know what the truth is, all you have done is to pick two names that you believe will provoke a reaction?

                  • no, not safe to assume anything. Research with an open mind and you will find the truth. Plenty of youtube videos of both men.

                • “Research with an open mind and you will find the truth. Plenty of youtube videos of both men”

                  So you went onto YouTube with an open mind just happened to find videos of both men and decided they were speaking the truth?
                  Are you sure you didn’t decide they were speaking the truth because they confirmed your pre-existing views?
                  Are you sure you didn’t search out for both men on YouTube because you expected to hear them say something that confirmed your pre-existing views?

                  That is not research with an open mind peter, it does show a lack of courage in your own views if all you do is to search out those who you know will confirm your own pre-existing ideas.

                  Have you always been this insecure peter?

                  • I told not to assume anything. I didn’t tell you of any pre-existing views. You only seem to be able to call names, and have no opinions to debate.

                • “I didn’t tell you of any pre-existing views”
                  You don’t need to peter, they are self-evident.
                  I note that you confirm that you have ‘pre-existing views’ you only feel it necessary to hide what they are.

                  “You only seem to be able to call names”
                  Where have I called you any names peter?

                • “Have you always been this insecure peter? immature comment”
                  No peter that is a question not a comment.

                  • I don’t treat it as a question, as it is the words of a child. A long the lines of ‘have you stopped beating your wife’ grow up.

                • Peter:

                  “i suggest you do some research with an open mind.”

                  Funny, that is exactly what bible bashers say…

                  • It is more than funny cos the only justification for the existence of Israel, (flimsy as it is) is that “God gave us the land.”

                • Looks like Peter is from the university of Exeter, whether in Exeter or Dubai, who knows.
                  Interesting stuff they seem to teach over there in regard of the stupidity of Peter, antisemiticc revisionism f.e.?

                • “I don’t treat it as a question, as it is the words of a child”

                  Oh dear me, peter.
                  Do you always throw a temper tantrum when asked simple questions?

                  Never mind peter, your refusal to answer does answer my questions.

                  Your silence speaks volumes.

              • Ilan Pappe is either the sloppiest M.E. historian around or the most dishonest according to Benny Morris.
                Since you’re such a big fan please tell us which? Sloppiest or most dishonest? A combo perhaps?

                • I would describe Ilan Pappe as a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, and a man of immense integrity.

                • The former candidate for the left extreme/communist, but Arab nationalistic, party Hadash. is now.
                  Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and Co-Director for the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.
                  The propaganda post depends on money of the Arab Emirates, Dubai, Sharjah

                  He itudied with Albert Hourani, that`s why he is qualified to tell stories, but not to conduct science of history.

                  “The liar as hero ” by Benny Morris

                  The “peace activist” Pappe and the “peace supporter”:
                  Since 1984, the University of Exeter has received substantial financial contributions, totalling well over £5.5million, from such sources as Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum of Dubai, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi of Sharjah, and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.
                  In 2003, the university’s vice-chancellor, Steve Smith, met with Muammar Gaddafi to discuss a £75million donation from the Libyan regime for the purpose of educating “elite Libyan officials” at Exeter.
                  Islamic Society at the University of Exeter
                  In recent years, the Islamic Society at the University of Exeter has hosted such guest speakers as Abdullah Al Andalusi, Omar Ali, Hamza Tzortzis, Ismail Patel, Ahsan Hanif and Jamal Badawi.
                  Andalusi describes his “political views” on his Facebook page as “Islamic – Caliphate”
                  Ali is President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), an organisation that has been heavily criticised for its failure to challenge radical Islam.He is also a presenter on the Islam Channel, which was fined in 2010 for incitement to rape. The channel’s CEO is Mohammed Ali Harrath, who, in 2005, was convicted in absentia by a Tunisian court of terrorism-related offence.
                  Tzortzis is an Islamist preacher for the extremist Islamic Educaiton and Research Academy. He is also linked to the anti-Semitic Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Tzortzis has stated: “We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even of freedom.”
                  Patel is the founder of Friends of Al-Aqsa. In 2009, at a rally in support of Hamas, Patel addressed the crowd, saying: “Hamas is no terrorist organization. The reason they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated, occupied by the Israeli state, and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel […] to the state of Israel: you no longer represent the Jewish people.

                  Friends of Palestine
                  Speakers at the University of Exeter’s Friends of Palestine society have included Gilad Atzmon, who stated in his speech to Exeter students that “Hitler was right” and “anti-Semitism doesn’t exist”;George Galloway, who has expressed support for Ba’athist dictators Bashar al-Assad[26] and Saddam Hussein. Norman Finklestein, who has publicly defend genocidal Palestinian terror group Hamas and Ghada Karmi, whose extremist views are detailed above.

                  I wonder what he wrote about the SS Husayni in his book “The Aristocracy: The Husaynis; A Political Biography, Jerusalem: Mossad Byalik, (Hebrew), 2003.
                  Telling that a revisionist nazi likes Pappe and Finkelstein. Is Patel Peter??
                  There is a revisionist Antisemite posting with variations of Patel.

                  • According to Efraim Karsh, professor of Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London, “Morris “misrepresents documents, resorts to partial quotes, withholds evidence, makes false assertions, and rewrites original documents” so, we can ignore his opinion of Pappa 🙂

                • Patel Antisemite
                  That`s what Karsh wrote about your “Pappkamerad”:
                  “Pappé is the odd man out among the so-called New Historians. Unlike his colleagues, who pretend to base their anti-Israel writings on recently declassified documents from the British Mandate period and the first years of Israeli independence, Pappé is an unabashed “relativist” for whom historical research is a backward-looking projection of political attitudes and agendas regardless of actual facts. ”
                  “This unabashed acknowledgment of personal bias and open political partisanship comes from a diehard ideologue who views Zionist and Israeli history as “more than a century of colonization, occupation, and dispossession of Palestinians.” The equation of Zionism with colonialism, the cornerstone of Pappé’s historical narrative, has been a staple of Arab propaganda since the early 1920s. Almost as predictable is the portrayal of Arabs and Palestinians as the hapless victims of this alleged foreign invasion.”
                  “Publication of A History of Modern Palestine by a prestigious academic press is a sad testament to the pervasive politicization of Middle Eastern studies where the dividing line between academic scholarship and unadulterated propaganda has been blurred, if not erased.

                  Even by the skewed standards of this field of studies, Pappé’s latest book ranks in a class of its own. Not only does it add no new facts or ideas to the anti-Israel literature, but the sloppiness of its research astounds. It contains countless factual errors and inaccuracies. ”
                  “More serious is the book’s consistent resort to factual misrepresentation, distortion, and outright falsehood. Readers are told of events that never happened, such as the nonexistent “

        • Peter:

          “My heroes in the middle east conflict are Jews, so I am no anti-semite either.”

          So, you don’t like Arabs and you don’t think the Jews deserve a state.
          Are you by chance a friend of a certain Norwegen?

  3. CIF Watch is an excellent resource which exposes the Guardian for what it is – a sanctimonious nest of vicious anti semites. It must however hold back from a tendency a political scientist called Thayer in the 60s observed in anti-fascist groups in London: “Quick! There goes another potential anti-semite! Get his name!”

    There’s only anti-semitism in the Schrank cartoon if one elects to read it into it. There is no Jewish stereotype in the cartoon – there is indeed no reference to Jews in the cartoon – only Obama being held back by the US Congress.

    So, CIF Watch mustn’t undermine its good work by looking like it’s crying wolf.

    • Notice how the Congressional Seal is shackled to Obama’s leg? It’s kind of a central figure in this cartoon. 2 Stars of David placed in the Congressional Seal, shackled to Obamas leg, holding him back from shaking hands with Iran.

      Of course, Iran is held back by ravenous thugs burning the American flag. Is it fair to suggest the artist was concocting a correlation between a Jewish Controlled Congress Shackling Obama with Rabid Fundamentalists Burning American Flags?

      Please, tell me what to think. I don’t want to harm your sensibilities. Since you care so much.

    • A strange post. A courageous and moderate criticism of CIFWatch combined with a dull and quite silly ” a sanctimonious nest of vicious anti semites” . When I was a kid a “vicious anti semite “was being transported to Israel to stand trial from South America having organised the mass slaughter of Jews. Now it is someone with a political stance that the vast majority of the world support.

      • Webbsite:

        “A courageous and moderate criticism of CIFWatch…”

        Why would you need courage to criticise CIFWatch?
        CIFWatch editor engaged in justified mature criticism time and time again and corrected things when correction was due (which is more than one can say about the Guardian CIF pages – though things are getting better in the past 2 years).
        It’s not like CIFWatch needs fearing like, shall we say, a certain regime where someone’s family carries out their shopping (somewhere between Iraq and Pakistan).

        “Now it is someone with a political stance that the vast majority of the world support.”

        The vast majority of the world’s representatives voted to equate Zionism to racism long long time ago, does it make it true?
        The vast majority of the world leaders and armies or gurillas abuses human rights on daily basis.
        Should we really be focusing on what they think and put it on a pedestal?

        You have been told various times that your blanket statement is incorrect yet you show no sign of attempting to clarify or shift the mist over it.
        There’s a name for such actions on blogs.
        Did you clean your horns this morning?

      • Webby:

        “When I was a kid a “vicious anti semite “was being transported to Israel to stand trial from South America having organised the mass slaughter of Jews.”

        I believe Eichmann would have thought the entire attack on Zionism these days would be a nice thing, wouldn’t you agree?
        He probably would have felt good that many in the “enlightened left and liberal circles” have “seen the truth” about the Jews.
        Wouldn’t you agree?

        • ( Eichmann )probably would have felt good that many in the “enlightened left and liberal circles” have “seen the truth” about the Jews.Wouldn’t you agree?

          Yes you are right. I wouldnt. I love the story of Eichmann because it happened when summers were warmer, the Everleys were the guys and Israel was one of the good things in life like Kennedy and ” Boom Boom Geffrion .

          • Webbsite:

            “I love the story of Eichmann because it happened when… Israel was one of the good things in life…”

            A minute ago you said the UN Partition plan was unjust.
            Do you often change your mind so quick?
            It’s got a medical definition you know.
            The NHS can help.

      • No chance that anybody would tranport you quantité négligeable to Israel, you are the average Antisemite the world provides enough of.
        No need to import another one.

  4. “négligeable ”

    This , of course , means “able to wear a negligee”…which actually I still can.. but for how long? 😦

  5. “Some readers felt”…..this only seems to apply to anti Jewish racism,(see quenelle);others forms of racism never seem to hold this caveat.