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June 2, 2016

Winners of Iran’s Holocaust Cartoon Contest Announced

A French cartoonist with a long record of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel art work has been named the winner of Iran’s most recent Holocaust cartoon contest.  Zeon, who the Iranian media said was arrested in the past for his “anti-Zionist” cartoons in 2015, won the $12,000 prize.  His winning work features what appears to be the entry gate of a Nazi-era death camp atop a cash register with six million in cash inside.

The next day, the Iranian Cultural-Art Masaf Institute announced a new  cartoon contest – this time calling for submissions on the  “Zionist Caliphate” that will focus on “Zionism, terrorism and racism” and “ISIL terrorism and genocide in the name of religion and to the benefit of the Zionists.” Conspiracy theories linking ISIS and Israel are common in the region.

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October 7, 2015

Alibaba Takes Stand Against Materials Promoting Hitler

AlibabaEarlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League notified Alibaba,the largest online sales service company, about Hitler masks and other Hitler titled items available through their service.

Subsequently, Alibaba removed the products and suspended the vendor in compliance with their policy stipulating that Alibaba.com “generally prohibits materials promoting Nazism.”

They also indicated that they rely on the help of customers and groups like ADL to identify listings that go against their policies and, as a result, have included a new “Report Suspicious Activity” link on every listing.

ADL appreciates Alibaba’s responsiveness to this issue and has invited the company join ADL’s Best Practices and Cyber-Safety Action Guide initiatives.

Alibaba, based in China, has been in operation since 1998 and is one of the largest online marketplaces with daily transactions in excess of $30 million.

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January 29, 2015

AFA Ousts Bryan Fischer As Spokesperson But He Remains A Radio Host

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer, who regularly spews anti-LGBT rhetoric, often likening the LGBT community to Nazis, has been ousted as a spokesperson for the American Family Association (AFA), a religious right organization, according to a report on The Rachel Maddow Show. Fischer is formerly the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA.

Although the AFA has not released a public statement on Fischer, a spokesperson for the group told Maddow that Fischer’s statements comparing gays to Nazis contributed to their decision to remove him as spokesperson. The AFA may be attempting to appear more palatable to the public in light of a January 31 trip to Israel the organization is sponsoring for Republican National Committee members.

Fischer, however, still maintains his position as a radio show host on American Family Radio, where he has courted controversy with his extreme statements about the LGBT community, Muslims, and African-Americans. He often uses his radio show, “Focal Point,” as well as articles to denigrate groups he opposed.

This month, Fischer argued that “homosexuals” should not be allowed to run for office, saying, “It’s a form of sexual perversion and remember, we’re going to have to choose between the gay agenda and Christianity.” Aside from referring to homosexuality as a perversion, Fisher constantly used Holocaust analogies to compare conservative Christians who oppose homosexuality to Jews persecuted under the Nazis. In Fischer’s mind, LGBT activists were the Nazis.

In April 2012, Fischer declared, “We’re getting to the point where these homofascists are going to force us to wear on our sleeve some kind of identifying marker so people will know who the racists and the homophobes and the bigots are.” He added, “Remember when the Jews in Nazi Germany, they had to wear a yellow star of David on their sleeve? We’re getting to the point where that’s where they’re going to make us do.” Fischer also said that the Nazi Party was formed in a gay bar in Munich.

Fischer also railed against Muslims. This month, Fischer said that “Allah represents a demon God.” In 2011, Fischer claimed that Muslims—and by extension, Jews– were not protected by the First Amendment. He argued, “The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.” He added, “Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend it out of courtesy.”

In yet another disturbing statement, Fischer said that welfare had destroyed African-American families because young black women “rut like rabbits” in the expectation that they would get financial awards for having children out of wedlock.

Despite Fischer being removed as a spokesperson for AFA, he will still be able to reach thousands of people with his radio show.

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