(JTA) — An Iranian website that uses cartoons to deny the Holocaust was launched by a nongovernmental cultural organization in the country.
The HoloCartoon site offers a parallel version of historical events in Jewish history using cartoons. The material reportedly is based on a cartoon book on the Holocaust published in Iran in 2008.
The website, according to the Anti-Defamation League in a news release issued Tuesday, 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 Foxman, ADL’s 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 book, which can be seen on the website by clicking on a swastika icon to turn its pages, tells readers that Jews created the idea of the Holocaust and fabricated the existence of the gas chambers in order to receive reparations.
The site has English, Arabic and Farsi versions.
The ADL called on the United States to publicly denounce the Iranian regime’s blatant anti-Semitism. Iranian authorities would have had to approve the creation of the website but not its content, according to the Associated Press.