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Group prosecuted over Holocaust cartoon

By Reuters
September 3, 2009

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AMSTERDAM - The Arab European League is being prosecuted for insulting Jews by publishing a cartoon suggesting they invented the Holocaust, the Dutch public prosecution office said yesterday.

The office said that it told the AEL, a lobby group for Muslim and Arab rights in Europe, two weeks ago that publishing the cartoon was illegal, but that it would drop the case if the group removed the cartoon from its website within two weeks and agreed not to republish it.

The AEL took the cartoon off its website, www.arabeuropean.org, but republished it, prompting the prosecution to proceed with the case.

The group said that it would remove the cartoon again but that it would defend the case in court.

The cartoon shows two men beneath a sign reading “Auschwitz’’ and beside several bodies. The men say the victims might not have been Jewish but they still had to “get to’’ six million - the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.