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Iranian institutions hold ‘holocaust denial’ cartoon competition

Last month, twelve people were killed when Islamist gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters of the satirical French weekly

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An Iranian educational and exhibition center has launched an international cartoon competition around the theme of holocaust denial, in a response to the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by the French Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Last month, twelve people were killed when Islamist gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters of the satirical French weekly.

The Iranian House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex have organized the competition and are offering a cash prize of $12,000 to the winner, the Tehran Times reported.

A previous iteration of the competition in 2006 tasked cartoonists with satirizing the Nazi regime’s genocide which killed millions of Jews, in an attempt to attack the West’s “double standards” over religious satire and freedom of expression, according to UK-based daily The Guardian.

“We are concerned about the real holocaust, which is happening to Palestinians,' said House of the Cartoon chief Massoud Shojai Tabatabai at the time. “Why should Palestinians pay for events which happened thousands of kilometers away in Europe?'

The final exhibit will be displayed at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran and several other places across the Iranian capital.