The Anti-Defamation League called on the editors of the Economist, Monday, to issue a "full-throated apology" for an editorial cartoon depicting President Obama of the United States as hindered in his efforts to reach an agreement with Iran by a Congress under the control of a nefarious Jewish lobby. The cartoon by Peter Schrank added two Jewish Stars of David to the U.S. congressional shield, clearly suggesting Jewish or Israeli control over members of Congress. President Obama is shackled to the shield as he reaches an outstretched hand to Iranian leaders.
The cartoon was run as an illustration to the Monday article “A big gap to close,” about the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and pulled later in the day in response to complaints from readers but remained on the Economist’s Middle East and Africa landing page.
ADL National Director Abraham Foxman explained, in a statement, "This was nothing less than a visual representation of the age-old anti-Semitic canard of Jewish control. And it conjures up yet another classic anti-Semitic myth -- the accusation that Jews have “dual loyalty” and will act only on behalf of Israel to the detriment of their own country." The statement concluded, "The Economist already has a credibility problem when it comes to Israel. The fact that this cartoon passed editorial muster without raising red flags raises serious questions about its editorial judgment and the possibility of a more deeply ingrained bias against the Jewish State."