Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Iranian's Do it Again

Is there any doubt left that the Iranian government and much of the Iranian establishment is anti-Semitic and proud of it?

Today, just in time for Holocaust education week, they awarded prizes in their Holocaust cartoon competition. "Stam l'hakhis" (just to anger), as they say in Hebrew.

Abdollah Derkaoui, a Moroccan, received $12,000 for his work depicting an Israeli crane piling large cement blocks on Israel's security wall and gradually obscuring Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. A picture of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp appears on the wall.

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts' curator, Masoud Shojai, said the contest would be an annual event. "Actually, we will continue until the destruction of Israel," he said.

The display, comprising 204 entries from Iran and abroad, opened in August.

Carlos Latuff from Brazil and A. Chard from France jointly won the second prize of $8,000 and Iran's Shahram Rezai received $5,000 for third place.

See more details at Al Jazeera, Reuters, or see the catoons themselves at the Iran Cartoon Association.


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