Italian clothing company Benetton withdrew an ad on Wednesday featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a senior Egyptian imam in reaction to the Vatican’s strong protests.
The doctored ad that was a part of Benetton’s “Unhate” campaign is one of many featuring world leaders from opposing sides of religious and political divide kissing each other on the lips.
The controversial photos in the campaign include President Barack Obama and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
[Gallery: Benetton 'Unhate' campaign photos]
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The Benetton ad pulled showed the Pope kissing Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, of Cairo's al-Azhar institute, the pre-eminent theological school of Sunni Islam.
It was posted on Benetton's website yesterday but was pulled about an hour after the Vatican's protest.
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