Iran’s House of Cartoon, a professional artist guild sponsored by the municipality of Tehran, announced the opening of an international cartoon contest on the “Israeli war on Gaza,” which has drawn submissions from artists around the world of cartoons and caricatures with anti-Semitic and Holocaust imagery.
The exhibit, called International Gaza Cartoon Exhibit 2014, will run from August 12 to August 28 at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in the Iranian capital.The exhibit is also promoting and featuring a cartoon and caricature competition, dubbed “From Adolf Netanyahu to Benjamin Hitler,” that will award cash prizes for the best depiction of Israel’s military offensive against Hamas targets in Gaza. According to Masoud Shojaei Tabatabaie, the director of the House of Cartoon, the competition has received submissions from a number of countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Lebanon, Germany and Spain.
The House of Cartoon’s announcement said that the cartoon portion of the contest will focus on four subjects: “Silence of Media and International Associations, Genocide and Killing Baby in Gaza [sic], Treason and Accompany of Arab League, Great Satan (USA).” In addition, there will also be a caricature contest with themes such as “Adolf Netanyahu!” and “Benjamin Hitler!” as well as caricatures of world leaders Iranian leaders have accused of taking Israel’s side in the Gaza conflict, including King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Francois Hollande of France, David Cameron of Britain, and Angela Merkel of Germany.
First prize for the best cartoon and caricature will be an award of $1,500, followed by $1,000 for second place, and $700 for third.
Among the cartoons submitted and published on the House of Cartoon’s website are cartoons equating Israelis to Nazis and Israel to Nazi Germany. Images invoking the classic anti-Semitic canard of a blood libel, including depictions of Israel and Israelis as blood-sucking insects or animals attacking Palestinian children, are also prevalent in the exhibit. Caricatures featured in the exhibit include images of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wearing a swastika armband and images of President Barack Obama aiding Israel in killing Palestinians.