Iran's Holocaust Cartoons: The Latest in Holocaust Denial
It’s a good thing Iran is low on credibility these days.
Otherwise, the Holocaust cartoon website launched from the nuclear wannabe rogue state would be causing more than the current elicited outrage.
HoloCartoons, launched last week in Farsi, Arabic, and English, is financed by an Iranian non-governmental “cultural foundation.” The cartoons are based largely on a Holocaust-themed comic or cartoon book published in 2008. The book contains satirical images and texts questioning the Holocaust.
The landing page opens to Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther theme and initial texts dedicate the site to all those “killed under the pretext of the Holocaust.” The site also refers to “the killing of 6 million Jews in the Second World War known as the Holocaust” as a “sheer lie."
Internally, texts call the massacre of six million Jews during World War II a fabrication designed to allow Jews to grab hold of the Middle East and control its resources.
Site visitors click on swastika icons to advance along pages that depict Jews as beak-nosed murderers.
As would be expected, directors of Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust museum, were incensed over news of the launch:
The launch of a website dedicated to denying the Holocaust through caricatures and text is yet the latest salvo emanating from Iran that denies the facts of the Holocaust and attempts to influence those who are ignorant of history," Yad Vashem directors said in a statement.
The vulgar and cynical approach of the website, a combination of Holocaust denial and distortion, illustrated with antisemitic caricatures, further illustrates Iran’s disregard for reality and truth vis-à-vis the Holocaust, Jews and Israel.
Although the website is not affiliated with the Iranian government -- the organization that set it up calls itself "Bulwark of Faith and Thought" -- Holocaust denial within the Iranian regime is not novel.
In 2005, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad referred to the Holocaust as a “fairy tale.”
And in December 2006, Iran’s government hosted a Holocaust denial conference termed the "International Conference on Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision." The conference was intended to bring international attention to the regime’s claims that the Holocaust did not occur and to minimize the magnitude of the genocide.