Young Iranians Release Book Caricaturing The Holocaust


Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, September 28, 2008; Page A23  


TEHRAN, Sept. 27 — Iranian students have released a book containing cartoons of the Holocaust, including some depicting hospitalized Jews on respiratory machines attached to canisters of Zyklon B, the gas used to exterminate Jews during World War II.

The students, members of a state militia, unveiled “Holocaust” in Tehran’s Palestine Square on Friday in the presence of Education Minister Ali Reza Ali-Ahmadi, during annual demonstrations calling for the retreat of “Zionists” from “occupied Palestine.”

In a speech at the United Nations last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed “Zionists,” rather than Jews, for the occupation of the Palestinian territories, a reference to the historical movement to reestablish a Jewish homeland. Iranian officials frequently draw that distinction, mindful of the approximately 25,000 Jews in Iran — more than in any country in the Middle East except Israel.


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