“The exhibit curator, Masoud Shojai, said the contest will be an annual event. ‘Actually, we will continue until the destruction of Israel.'”
Moral equivalence alert: this cartoon competition has led to no riots, no killings, nothing.
“Morrocan wins best Holocaust cartoon,” from AP, with thanks to A Girl Scout:
Iran awarded a Moroccan artist Wednesday the top prize in an exhibition of cartoons on the Holocaust that has received international condemnation, including from UN chief Kofi Annan.
Meant to be a response to the Danish cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad that sparked rage among Muslims around the world, the exhibit appeared inspired by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tirades calling for Israel to be destroyed.
Teheran has several times announced plans to host a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting the Holocaust, dismissing it as exaggerated. Its most recent announcement came in September during Annan’s visit to the Iranian capital, where he said he discussed the cartoon show with officials.
Abdollah Derkaoui received US$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.
The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site.
The exhibit curator, Masoud Shojai, said the contest will 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.