Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon called on the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to condemn Iran for hosting a cartoon contest about Holocaust denial: “this Antisemitic act represents the pure evil of the Iranian regime. Denying the Holocaust is one of the most powerful expressions of Antisemitism, which legitimizes the deaths of millions of Jews,” said Ambassador Danon.
The competition, which is held under the auspices of the municipality of Tehran, made an international call for participants to submit cartoons about the holocaust, under the theme of ridiculing and denying it. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of $50,000.
Ambassador Danon wrote in his appeal to the UN Secretary General: “At the end of the month, the UN will mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. While the world will remember the atrocities of the Holocaust which are still fresh in our collective memory, one member state will be hosting a contest which desecrates the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The United Nations must resolutely stand up against this hatred and harshly condemn this heinous act.”
This cartoon contest has been held in Iran in the past by the “Iranian House of Cartoon” with significantly smaller prizes.
Attached are several examples from last year’s contest.