Protesting Charlie Hebdo: Iran to Hold Holocaust-denial Cartoon Contest

Second such international contest response to 'recent publication of the cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad,' according to Tehran Times.

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A customer holding his copy of Charlie Hebdo while others queue to buy theirs as it goes on sale in London January 16, 2015.
A customer holding his copy of Charlie Hebdo while others queue to buy theirs as it goes on sale in London January 16, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Iran is holding a Holocaust denial cartoon contest to protest Charlie Hebdo, the Tehran Times reported late last month.

Iran's House of Cartoon organized the Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contests "in protest against French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's recent publication of the cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad," the contest's secretary, Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii, said.

A week after two Islamist terrorists murdered 11 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirist magazine came out with a cartoon of Muhammad on the cover, holding a sign reading "Je suis Charlie."

According to the Times, the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran will display the top selected works. The first place cash prize is $12,000, while second place will be worth $8000 and third place $5000.

Some 750 cartoons were submitted to the first contest, held in 2006, France 24 reported. The winner portrayed a concrete barrier around Temple Mount. A construction crane with a Star of David on it is placing the barriers, which portray a black and white photograph of Auschwitz.

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