Economist publishes anti-Semitic cartoon, ADL demands apology
The Economist published the anti-Semitic pictured above in its January 18 edition. What's the problem with it? Look closely, and if you still can't figure it out, here's the Commentator
You don't have to be (clue) eagle eyed to spot it do you? At the
centre-top of the Congressional emblem, above that eagle, is a Jewish
Star of David. Now, this obviously plays to the theme, common among
anti-Semites around the world, that the U.S. Congress is essentially a
puppet of the Jewish people.
Obama is literally and figuratively chained back from properly reaching out to Iran by the Jews.
The Israeli flag has a Star of David in it, of course. But if the cartoonist, and the editorial team of The Economist
that approved it, had wanted to emphasise Israel rather than the the
broader global Jewish community, they could have easily had the
cartoonist put in the image of the Israeli flag. No problem at all from a
technical point of view.
That would still have been bigotry -- the notion that Israel runs American politics is an obvious form of neo-anti-Semitism.
But this is the old fashioned stuff. It's the kind of thing that
appeared in The Protocols of Zion. It's the kind of thing the Nazis
used. It's the kind of thing bigots -- including in the Western-funded
Palestinian authority -- use all the time.
The Jews run the world: or at least its most powerful nation. That's the message The Economist
conveys. Sometimes the term anti-Semitism is over-used. Sometimes it is
under-used. This time there's no doubt at all what is going on.
The Commentator calls this 'shocking bigotry.' Bigotry, yes. Shocking, no. This has practically become standard fare for the Economist. And that's why the ADL's demand for an apology
is meaningless. What's needed isn't an apology. It's a lobotomy.
Labels: ADL, anti-Semitic stereotypes, anti-Semitism, The Economist