Last month Iran announced it was planning a conference to assess the scale of the Holocaust. This is the same country with a president (who some say, was among the hostage takers at the U.S. Embassy back in the '70s) who rejects the Holocaust as mere myth.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told a news briefing:
"Iran's Foreign Ministry has decided to hold a conference on the Holocaust to assess its scale by scientific means and discuss its consequences,"
He did not say when or where the conference would be held.
President Ahmadinejad caused international outrage last month when he said the Holocaust — the killing of six million Jews by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945 — was a myth and suggested Israel be moved to North America or Europe.
However, one newspaper, in fact the largest-selling newspaper in Iran, has decided to wade into the Muhammad controversy by launching a competition to find the 12 "best" cartoons about the Holocaust.
Farid Mortazavi, graphics editor for Tehran's Hamshahri newspaper, explained in The Times, the reason for the contest was it would test out how committed Europeans were to the concept of freedom of expression.
"The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let’s see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons," he said.
According to Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Holocaust survivors were getting used to these kind of insults from Iran.