Iran launches ‘Zionist Caliphate’ cartoon contest after Holocaust competition



An entry submitted to Iran's 2016 Holocaust cartoon contest. Credit: Holocaust International Cartoon & Caricature Exhibition 2016.

( Iran’s Cultural-Art Masaf Institute has announced that it is launching a “Zionist Caliphate” cartoon contest.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Iranian Islamic Propaganda Organization’s 2016 Holocaust cartoon contest, which was widely condemned by world leaders and agencies, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Holocaust cartoon exhibition goes “against the universal values of tolerance and respect, and runs counter to the action led by UNESCO to promote Holocaust education, to fight anti-Semitism and denial,” UNESCO said.

According to the Cultural-Art Masaf Institute, the latest contest’s themes focuses on “Zionism, terrorism and racism” and “ISIL (Islamic State) terrorism and genocide in the name of religion and to the benefit of the Zionists,” Iran’s Fars News Agency reported. The contest has a category for caricatures depicting Theodor Herzl and the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II. 

The submissions for the contest are sent to a group called “Cartoons Clan,” which describes itself as a “group of cartoonists and caricaturists from all over the world who have gathered together to fight against any kind of racism and terrorism.”

“In our point of view, Zionism is the worst kind of racism and is the enemy of the world’s big religions,” the Cartoons Clan said on its website.

The winning entry will be awarded a $5,000 prize. 

Posted on May 31, 2016 .