Iran to Hold Cartoon Contest on Holocaust Denial in Response to Charlie Hebdo

I don’t understand the relationship between satirizing a deity and satirizing genocide but whatever.

An Iranian cultural institution has launched an international cartoon contest centered on the theme of Holocaust denial in response to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Iran’s House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex will hold the Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest, the Tehran Times reported.

According to the report, cartoonists have until April 1st to submit their works.

The winner of the contest will receive a $12,000 cash prize and their cartoon will be shown at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Second and third place finalists will receive $8,000 and $5,000, respectively.


  1. As I understand it, the illustrations in Charlie Hebedo satirize Mohammed…that is, the prophet, not the god. Or God. Or G-d. Or fictional construct. But yeah, still no connection…

  2. I suppose it makes as much sense as what I’ve seen of Charlie Hebdo’s output, which barely qualifies as satire, in my opinion.

    What happened to them was an injustice, but the saddest part is that they had nothing clever or subversive to say about Islam or Mohamed.

    I hope some clever Iranian artist manages to smuggle in some actual satire about the ridiculousness of the entire situation in their submission. And then win the contest.

    Also, by affording equal significance or importance to Mohamed and the Holocaust, does that mean that Iran recognizes the Holocaust now?

  3. Let’s hope Israel, influential rabbis, and the world at large respond to this with “Go for it, Iran! Print what you want with no fear of reprisal.”

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