A Palestinian youth holds up a Koran during a demonstration against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 7, 2006. Iran’s best-selling newspaper has launched a competition to find the best cartoon about the Holocaust in retaliation for the publication in many European countries of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
Iran’s best-selling newspaper has launched a competition to find the best cartoon about the Holocaust in retaliation for the publication in many European countries of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
The Brussels-based Conference of European Rabbis (CER) denounced the idea and urged the Muslim world to do likewise.
The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-semitism, described the competition as “deliberately inflammatory.”
The Iranian daily Hamshahri said the contest was designed to test the boundaries of free speech — the reason given by many European newspapers for publishing the cartoons of the Prophet.
“Does Western free speech allow working on issues like America and
Israel’s crimes or an incident like the Holocaust or is this freedom of speech only good for insulting the holy values of divine religions?” the paper asked.
Davoud Kazemi, who is in charge of the contest, told Reuters that each of the 12 winners would have their cartoons published and receive two gold coins (worth about $140 each) as a prize.
Ok, Flap WILL publish these cartoons. If they are as inane as the Muhammad ones then so be it.
What the Islamic fundamental countries MUST understand is that blasphemous/critical/sacrilegious comment is a daily occurrence in the Western world. All without violence and bloodshed.
In Paris, CER President Joseph Sitruk, who is also Chief Rabbi of France, said: “The Iranian regime has plummeted to new depths if it regards the deaths of six million Jews as a matter for humor or to score cheap political points.
“Sadly, we are not surprised by this action,” he said, recalling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s calls last year for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and his dismissal of the Holocaust as a myth.