Friday, December 18, 2015

Iran Holds $50K Holocaust Cartoon Contest

The Iranian authorities are offering a $50,000 prize for the individual who submits “the best cartoon on the Holocaust”.

This contest is part of the 11th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial. Cartoonists from at least 50 countries will be participating in the Holocaust contest, with the top three runners up receiving “cash prizes” of $12,000, $8,000, and $5,000 for their work mocking the genocide that killed more than six million Jews, according to comments made by conference organizers and reported by Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iranian officials, including former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are notorious for denying the Holocaust and mocking those killed in the genocide. Officials in Tehran have announced multiple versions of the Holocaust cartoon contest in recent years, though the latest conference could be its largest.

Masud Shojai-Tabatabai, an organizer of the contest, told the Iranian media that there are legitimate questions to be raised about the Holocaust. He went on to compare the Palestinians to the Jews killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. “We do not mean to approve or deny the Holocaust, however, the main question is that why is there no permission to talk about the Holocaust despite their [the West’s] belief in freedom of speech,”

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