Monday, February 06, 2006

Iran's Holocaust Drawing Contest

from the Jerusalem Post:

Iran's biggest-selling newspaper has chosen to tackle the West's ideals of "freedom of expression" by launching a competition to find the 12 "best" cartoons about the Holocaust, the Associated French Press reported on Monday.

Farid Mortazavi, graphics editor for Tehran's Hamshahri newspaper, said that the deliberately inflammatory contest would test out how committed Europeans were to the concept freedom of expression.

"The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let's see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons," he said.

...Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made comments about the Holocaust over the past few months, including suggestions that European countries give Jews some of their land in order to solve the Palestinian problem.

"If your newspapers are free why do not they publish anything about the innocencof the Palestinians and protest against the crimes committed by the Zionists?" the Mehr news agency recently quoted him as saying.

Now, I'm a little confused:

How does Ahmadinejad expect people to come up with drawings about an event he's quite sure never even happened in the first place?

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