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February 06, 2006

Islamic Humor

Al Jazeera reports that Iran's largest circulation newspaper (published by the Teheran municipal government, no less) is sponsoring "an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust."

"It will be an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust," Farid Mortazavi, the graphics editor for Hamshahri newspaper, which is published by Tehran's conservative-run municipality, said on Monday.

He said the plan was to turn the tables on the assertion that newspapers can print offensive material in the name of freedom of expression.

"The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let's see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons," he asserted.

The Iranians better hope that the Israelis don't get offended and decide to bomb some nuclear weapons labs to vent their frustrations. . . (Besides, how can you draw a cartoon about something that never happened?)

February 6, 2006 at 02:42 PM | Permalink


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