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Fighting hate with humour

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-16

Anti-semitic cartoon contest

Anti-semitic cartoon contest

A group of Israelis are taking on an Iranian newspaper which is running a contest inviting readers to submit cartoons about the Holocaust by saying they can do better themselves and inviting Jews around the world to take part.

Tehran-based Hamshahri says its contest, which is open until May is there to show the double standards the West has when it comes to running cartoons of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.

Since announcing its plans, Hamshahri has been attacked for its plans which many see in bad taste and part of the government's agenda to deny the Holocaust.

"We’ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published,” said Amitai Sandy a graphic artist and publisher of Dimona Comix Publishing in Tel Aviv. “No Iranian will beat us on our home turf,” he added.

Current comments on the site hosting the contest are mixed. One poster said: "This whole thing is one sorry affair, intellectual idiots against mobs" while another said: "This idea is brilliant. It ironically highlights what is really important about life."

The Israeli contest is open until March 5.

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