Drawing withdrawn in Sweden after Jewish protests

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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 1:39 PM
Drawing withdrawn in Sweden after Jewish protests

Organizers of a Christian art exhibit in Sweden have a withdrawn a drawing that Jewish groups said was anti-Semitic.

The drawing by two Swedish pastors showed three rats _ one of which carried a rifle _ eating what appears to be a map of the Palestinian territories.

The image sparked protests even before the exhibit's opening Friday in a Stockholm church, including from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which said it depicted Jews as rats.

Bilda, the Christian study center that organized the exhibit, apologized for the "mistake" and said the intention of the drawing was to "describe how all sides in a conflict are losers."

Bilda spokesman Magnus Stenberg told AP the image was withdrawn from the exhibit and from the group's website once organizers realized it was being perceived as anti-Semitic.