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Arab League faces fine over holocaust cartoons

Thursday 08 April 2010

The Dutch branch of the European Arab League should be fined €1,000 for publishing a cartoon which implies that Jews invented the idea that six million people died in the World War II holocaust, the public prosecution department said on Thursday.

The Dutch representative of the League Abdlmoutalib Bouzerda should be fined an additional €500, the department said.

Bouzerda put the cartoon on the group's website four years ago in answer to the Danish cartoons poking fun at Mohammed.

But the department decided to prosecute, saying the Danish cartoons 'do not insult Muslims nor incite hatred'..

The AEL said it published the cartoon to draw attention to double standards in society. The league does not think any of the cartoons should be subject to prosecution, Bouzerda told the court.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Freedom of speech above all. If you don't like what you hear or see you are also free to say so. But when it incites riots or lawsuits these are other issues all together.

By AW | 8 April 2010 3:26 PM

Making a comparison between a real tragedy where millions were actually murdered (Jews) to a fictional character (Mohamed). Some perspective is needed here.

By Buzzer | 8 April 2010 4:21 PM

It is very important that The Netherlands keeps standards and consistancy about what is and what is not acceptable.

The problem is that at present The Netherlands is not consistant at this nor is its politicians.

We cannot deny the holocaust (I do not) but we demand freedom of speech. We allow cartoons expressing what boils down to denegrading a religous faith that vurges of phsyically and psychologically hurting those that follow it, yet it is illegal to publically racially abuse someone.

The inconsistancy is more than apparant and the examples are too numerous to put here.

Then there is the hypocrisy of some of the politicians. You have the stubborness of the left to keep such existing laws and yet claim the moral high when targetting hate-monger and bigots on the far right. Alternatively you have the far right whom desperately wish to have the laws stay as they are because of the loop-holes and grey areas within it that simply allow them to continue their ugliness.

Then you have the even more rediculous situation in regards to this particular subject of holocaust denial (again I do not deny and to do so for me is pure racist bigotry) when you have the leader of the far-right PVV hate party claiming to represent "freedom of speech no matter what" and yet he was not there at the trial of the Arab League trial claiming that they have that right.

Why is that?

By donny2811 | 8 April 2010 4:49 PM

Bouzerda is a resident/citizen of the Netherlands. Ipso facto ALL his actions in word,deed or thought, whilst in the Netherlands, is open to scrutiny by and of the courts of that souvereign state!

By Neves Harcos | 8 April 2010 7:33 PM

Hey Buzzer, Mohamed is a historical figure.

By Darren | 9 April 2010 7:53 AM

No matter how you look at this, it is double standards and hypocritical..

Do as I say but not as I do...

Freedom of speech my foot.

#Buzzer, fictional character maybe for you, not for over 1 billion people..

And to think that the West wants to reach out to the Muslim world and work for a safer future!!!! playing right into the hands of extremists....

By Saladin | 9 April 2010 7:59 AM

Freedom of speach is a bogus terminology. It has never been used in its broader sense. It is better we listen and respect each other and not add "Fuel to the fire".

By jerry | 11 April 2010 11:00 AM

Freedom of speech is "bogus"????

Freedom of speech, thought and expression is exactly what defines a civilized nation from a barbaric one.

It is not "fuel that adds to the fire" but rather the fire hydrant that extinguishes the fire.

Our "respect" should be reserved for people and NOT for their ideas and opinions - which is what traditions, religion, and cultures are.

And repressing thought and speech will only lead to even greater violence, and mayhem so lets stop labelling each other as racists, islamophobes, terrorists and fascists etc. and have an open, honest, debate about what we REALLY think about each other.

By tg | 12 April 2010 12:45 PM

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