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May 11, 2016

Iran’s Second International Holocaust Cartoon Exhibition Opens On May 14

On May 14, 2016, the second international Holocaust Cartoon Contest exhibition will open in Iran, with the first place winner – reportedly to be announced in June – receiving a large cash prize. According to reports in the Iranian press, the May 14th date was chosen to coincide with Nakba Day (catastrophe day), the term used by Palestinian to refer to the events surrounding Israel’s independence in 1948.

The contest reportedly received over 800 submissions from artists in 50 countries, and the exhibition will feature 100 works, as well as 50 profile cartoons on the subject of “Netanyahu”, a reference to the Israeli Prime Minister.

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In a recent New Yorker magazine interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif denied accusations that the Holocaust contest is supported by the Iranian government. However, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the secretary of the NGO responsible for contest Massoud Shojaei Tabatabaei stated that the contest organizers cooperate with the Iranian Ministry of Culture, and that everyone in the Iranian regime “knows that this exhibition is highly respected.”

Iran held its first Holocaust cartoon contest back in 2006 under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, receiving 204 entries from Iran and around the world. During his tenure as President, Ahmadinejad repeatedly used his position to promote Holocaust denial, a practice that continues to this day in parts of Iran. The 2006 contest’s winning submission depicted Israel constructing a wall, painted with an image of the infamous railway leading to the gates of Auschwitz, around the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem. Other winners included images of Palestinians in concentration camp garb, the “myth of the gas chambers” and a Holocaust museum in the shape of a swastika.

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September 28, 2012

#AskFarrakhan Town Hall Meeting Features Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories

On September 26, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan held a town hall style meeting in which he promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish political control in America and Jewish manipulation of the Black community.

When asked by an individual participating in the meeting online if America will “be forced to go to war with Iran,” Farrakhan went into a rant about how presidents who “resist Israeli pressure… do not get away with it.” He continued, “When you don’t vote the way they think you should vote, there’s no such thing as forgiveness. They move to unseat you. Cynthia McKinney, brilliant sister but she was not pro-Zionist, well she’s not in Congress… once you take an opposing position, you have to pay a price.”

He then said that the Monica Lewinsky scandal was somehow a Jewish plot. “Bill Clinton refused to meet with an Israeli Prime Minister. The next thing you heard was Monica Lewinsky and all of those that were involved in scandalizing Bill Clinton, they happened to be Zionists.”

Farrakhan made it clear that he still blames Jews for what he perceives as a fragmented Black community. “No Black artist becomes rich without having a friendship with the Jewish community.” He then noted that in order to keep Black role models away from the NOI, Jews “make the world think I’m an enemy of Jewish people.” However, he credited Kanye West, a well-known rapper, for making it possible for a student group to attend the town hall meeting.

During his remarks, Farrakhan also mentioned an Iranian-government sponsored dinner he attended in New York the previous day on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly opening. This meeting between representatives of various faith-based communities and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  featured a keynote speech in which Ahmadinejad denounced America’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and blamed the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, on Zionists even though that has been clearly proved to be a lie.

When Farrakhan was asked at his town hall meeting “Why is it that you seem to be friends with everyone that America hates such as Castro, Qaddafi and Ahmadinejad?” Farrakhan responded, “Evidently, America’s on the wrong side of history. I’m a friend of those who fight to deliver the masses from oppression…So I’m in good company.” Farrakhan also attended a meeting with Ahmadinejad in 2010.

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July 5, 2012

Iran Media Uses Erroneous But Widely Circulated Holocaust Myth To Deny Authenticity Of The Holocaust

A Iranian news website sympathetic to the regime in Tehran published an article denying the Holocaust by pointing to an erroneous Holocaust story that claims the Nazis manufactured soap from their Jewish victims. For this website, Mashregh News, this dubious story was all the evidence needed to prove that the Holocaust is a myth and that it must be exposed as a historical falsity.

The article is an example of an often-used tactic by neo-Nazi groups and prominent Holocaust deniers. By their logic, if the soap story is a fabrication, consequently all historical facts concerning the authenticity of the Holocaust are nothing more than “Jewish myths” promoted by an “international Jewish organization.”

The current Iranian regime is no stranger to Holocaust denial. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for “experts” to investigate the veracity of the Holocaust. In December 2006, Iran played host to a Holocaust denial conference, “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision,” which was attended by a diverse group of anti-Semites, including neo-Nazi, radical anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, and Islamic fundamentalists.

One month prior, Iran’s Culture Ministry hosted a cartoon contest that sought entries deriding Jews and mocking the Holocaust. The winning cartoon was submitted by a Moroccan artist who depicted Israelis constructing a wall around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, with the panels of the wall reflecting an image of the infamous railway leading to the gates of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Although Mashregh News is not directly affiliated with or run by the Iranian government, it nonetheless staunchly promotes the government’s ideology and features articles and interviews with top officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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