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One of the works displayed at the Third International Holocaust Cartoons Competition / Photo credit: Tehran Times

150 Artists from 50 countries are taking part in the Third International Holocaust Cartoons Competition that began on Saturday on the premises of Iran’s Arts Bureau in Tehran. The curator of the competition, one Masuod Shojai-Tabatabai, claimed it had nothing to do with denying the Holocaust, but that it was meant to highlight the plight of Muslims currently being “massacred by the Zionist regime in Gaza and Palestine.”

He had nothing to say about the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who actually have been massacred by Iran’s satellite tyrant Bashar al-Assad in Syria, in full collaboration with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. (Only yesterday, the Independent reported about thousands of children who were trapped in a Palestinian refugee camp that had been bombed by Syrian government, with full Iranian support).


“We do not mean to approve or deny the Holocaust; however, the main question is why is there no permission to talk about the Holocaust despite their (the West) belief in freedom of speech,” Shojaei-Tabatabai inquired. “Moreover, why should the oppressed people of Palestine pay the price for the Holocaust?”

The contest includes two sections of cartoon and caricature, Shojaei-Tabatabai said, adding that the portraits of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Adolf Hitler have been highlighted in the caricature section.

Good to know.

One of the exhibition’s walls / Photo credit: Mehr

The first place winner in the cartoon section will receive a cash prize of $12,000, with those in second and third place taking home $8,000 and $5,000 respectively.

In the caricature section, the first place winner will have a cash prize of $7,000, the second $5,000 and the third $3,000.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif insisted in a recent interview with the New Yorker that there are no ties between the Iranian government and the cartoon contest. “It’s not Iran,” he said. “It’s an NGO that is not controlled by the Iranian government. Nor is it endorsed by the Iranian government.”

But Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Conference, said everybody knows NGO running the vile competition is directly linked to and funded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the same Revolutionary Guards who are massacring Syrian civilians even as we speak.

“It has always been clear who runs Iran: the fundamentalist radicals seeking Israel’s destruction,” Lauder said in a statement. “The fact that Iran is once again providing a platform for this competition proves that it has still not changed its colors and if given the chance, could still be as dangerous as ever.”


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  1. "the main question is why is there no permission to talk about the Holocaust despite their (the West) belief in freedom of speech,” – This is a straw man. No-one forbids talking about the Holocaust (although Holocaust-denial is – unwisely, I believe – illegal in some countries).

    “Moreover, why should the oppressed people of Palestine pay the price for the Holocaust?”

    Somebody needs to educate people like this. There are no Arabs or Levantines "paying a price" for the Holocaust. The re-establishment of Israeli sovereignty started in the 1880s – and Israel is not just about providing a haven for Jews threatened elsewhere.

    Is there a need for recognizing Arab-Palestinian suffering? and for treating minorities in the Jewish State even better than they already are treated? Of course … But don't mix the Holocaust into these issues!

  2. Definitely not, giving credence to Arab so called Palestinianas as a minority group definitely not. Those guys were and are still living the dream.. If they push much further that dream may well evaporate and they may well end up with drastically reduced Israeli services that they so enjoy but defame.

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