Dutch Arab group fined over Holocaust cartoon

19th August 2010, Comments 1 comment

A Dutch appeals court on Thursday fined an Arab organisation in the Netherlands 2,500 euros for causing "unnecessary offence" in publishing a Holocaust-denying cartoon.

"The Holocaust is a black page in the history of humanity," the appeals court in Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands said in a statement.

"The suggestion that it may have been contrived or exaggerated by victims is extraordinarily offensive for the victims and their surviving relatives, in this case the Jews."

The Dutch leg of the Arab European League (AEL) re-published the cartoon on its website last year, saying it wanted to point out double standards in society.

It was reacting to a decision by Dutch prosecutors not to put far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders on trial for distributing controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

In April, a court acquitted the AEL of insulting Jews by publishing the cartoon, which depicts the Nazi Holocaust as a figment of Jewish imagination.

But appeals judges agreed with prosecutors that the cartoon was more offensive than could be justified by the debate.

They fined the organisation 2,500 euros (3,200 dollars), of which 1,500 euros was suspended.

© 2010 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Daytripper posted:

    on 23rd August 2010, 18:46:37 - Reply

    I am surprised at this ruling. I thought freedom of speech was protected for everyone. Satire does not have to be accurate or popular to be protected. The argument used by the appeals court to "protect" Jews is the same argument used by Muslims to "protect" themselves from the Danish cartoons. And it won't be fair to make the argument that the Danish cartoons were making fun of the Muslim prophet while the Arab League cartoon was making fun of individual Jews. Jews don't have a prophet to make fun of.