July 12, 2012
Cartoon depicts haredi Orthodox Jews praying to Wall Street
A cartoon depicting three stereotypically haredi Orthodox Jews praying in front of the Western Wall, which is labeled Wall Street, won an Iranian cartoon contest.
The cartoon won the first International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival, which was co-sponsored by the semi-official Iranian FARS news service. The cartoons, which were submitted by Arabs in countries around the world, can be viewed on the FARS website.
The Anti-Defamation League in a statement called the winning cartoon “offensive.”
“Once again, Iran takes the prize for promoting anti-Semitism,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director. “The winning cartoon takes the most sacred site in Judaism and perverts it into a shrine of greed.”
Iran held a Holocaust cartoon contest in 2006. The first prize illustration depicted Israel’s security fence as Auschwitz, according to Radio Free Europe.