ADL: Iranian Web Site A Cesspool Of Anti-Semitism And Holocaust Denial

New York, NY, August 10, 2010 … Calling it a "virtual cesspool of anti-Semitism," the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned an Iranian Web site dedicated to Holocaust denial and called on the United States to publicly denounce the Iranian regime's blatant anti-Semitism. 

The "HoloCartoon" Web site purports to offer a historical narrative of events occurring before, during and after World War II. Instead, it is rife with anti-Semitic imagery, Jewish conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial and factual inaccuracies.

 "HoloCartoon is a pernicious Web site replete with vicious anti-Semitism and caricatures of Jews fabricating the Holocaust story to advance their goals, and depictions of Jews as murderers and manipulative money worshippers," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. "Its pseudo-history makes a mockery of the Holocaust and the site is little more than a virtual cesspool of anti-Semitism."

The Web site is hosted on an Iranian server and, according to media reports, is sponsored by a non-governmental cultural foundation. The material is reportedly based on a cartoon book on the Holocaust published in Iran in 2008. 

"This type of anti-Semitism is the calling card of the Iranian regime and a reflection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who continues a drumbeat of Holocaust denial and Jew-bashing," Mr. Foxman added. 

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ADL called on theUnited States to publicly denounce the blatant anti-Semitism which the Iranian regime fosters and permits to be disseminated throughout the world. 

"That this Web site is live demonstrates the approval of the Iranian government," the letter stated. "With this easily accessible Web site, the hatred which first appeared in book form for Iranian domestic consumption now has global reach." 

HoloCartoon says it is "Dedicated to all those who were killed under the pretext of the Holocaust." In a preface, the creators state, "This book tends to denounce the conspicuous lies of the 'planned murder of 6 million Jews during the Second World War' allegedly called 'Holocaust.'"

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