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News Media May 04, 2010
The Danish cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad inspired more than death threats. A Dutch cartoon mocking the Holocaust was published in response and the group- Arab European League, responsible was taken to court for being offensive.
The Arab European League (AEL) won in court, mainly because the group said its Holocaust cartoon was meant to show unfairness in the prosecution of speech. The judge ruled that in that context the cartoon had to be allowed.
The AEL cartoon shows two men, beneath an Auschwitz sign and beside several bodies, saying the victims might not have been Jewish but the target was 6 million — the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The AEL, which published the cartoon in 2006 after a Danish newspaper published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad, had said it did not seek to dispute the Holocaust, but wanted instead to highlight perceived double standards in free speech.
Now a Dutch prosecutor, unwilling to let the tat in this back and forth go, is appealing the acquittal.
Auschwitz was a network of German concentration and extermination camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. It was the largest of the German concentration camps, consisting of Auschwitz I (the Stammlager or main camp); Auschwitz II-Birkenau (the Vernichtungslager or extermination camp); Auschwitz III-Monowitz, also known as Buna-Monowitz (a labor camp); and 45 satellite camps.