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August 29, 2006

New York Times: On the Ground At Iran’s “Holocust” Cartoon Exhibit

The New York Times surveys the Holocaust Cartoon exhibit in Tehran and comes away with some doubts that people are going to see what was billed as a test of the West's free speech permissibility in response to the publication of Muhammed cartoons in the Copenhagen paper Jyllands-Posten last Fall and subsequent protests and political turmoil in exactly those terms. It's the details that kill here: the misspelling of "Holocaust" on one of the exhibit's signs, the more expansive view of the show's meaning as described by a participating artist, the reaction of the sole Jewish member of the Iranian parliament, and the laconic response of locals when asked if they were in a hurry to attend.
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