Cyber War Erupts over “Iran Holocaust Cartoon Contest”

Jerusalem—-February 7…..In response to Iran’s best-selling newspaper announcing a competition to find the best cartoons about the Holocaust, the Israel News Agency launched an SEO – Internet search engine optimization marketing contest to prevent Iran news Websites from reaching top positions in Google.

“When I heard that a newspaper in Iran was now holding a cartoon contest on the Holocaust, I knew that SEO would be the most potent tool in combating it,” said Joel Leyden, publisher of the Israel News Agency . “That 12 winners in Iran would have their Holocaust cartoons published and would receive two gold coins (worth about $140 each) as a prize, I donned my SEO Israel Defense Forces uniform, cocked and loaded my keyboard. There is no way that Iran will spit on the graves of over 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.”The Israel News Agency is asking every SEO advertising marketing professional to create Web pages and optimize the keywords: “Iran Holocaust Cartoon Contest” in order to prevent the Iran newspapers, the enemies of Israel, the Jews, the Christians and Western democracy from attaining a high Google and Google News position. The SEO contestants will wrap these keywords around their comments of how Iran has sponsored Islam suicide bombing terror attacks against innocent men, women and children in Israel. Iran directly funds the activities of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbullah.

“SEO contests are held almost every day marketing casino and other commercial Web sites,” said Leyden. “It’s time we used SEO Internet marketing against Islamic terrorists, those in Iran who wish to “wipe Israel off the map” and turn democracy’s key principle of freedom of speech against those of us living in the US, England, France, Denmark, Israel, Turkey, Spain and all Western nations.”

Wikipedia defines a SEO (search engine optimization) contests as when SEO marketing Webmasters compete to rank best on Google for a given keyword or keyword combination. They have become an often important method for webmasters to promote their web sites and gain web traffic. While the contestants compete for prizes, fame or glory, the organizing body often benefits as well. The Israel News Agency is launching an SEO contest, not for money but rather in memory of those Jews, Christians, Gypsies – men, women and children who were murdered in the gas ovens of the Holocaust.

The nigritude ultramarine competition by SearchGuild is widely acclaimed as the “mother” of all SEO contests. It was started on May 7, 2004 and was won two months later by Anil Dash. On September 1 of the same year, webmasters were challenged to rank number one on Google in three months time for the search phrase seraphim proudleduck. Currently at least one contest is taking place in France. A competition in progress as of January 1, 2006 is SEOLogs’ redscowl bluesingsky, another set of made-up words. It is scheduled to end on March 1, 2006. A contest that had been announced earlier – but only started on January 15, 2006 – is the one by V7N SEO forum administrator John Scott and another search engine optimizer, WebGuerrilla. In this particular contest, both competitions use the same search phrase v7ndotcom elursrebmem, but each has its own set of special rules.

Iran made Holocaust denial government policy when Iran foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in December that remarks made by the Iran president that the Nazi mass murder of Jews during World War II was a “myth” was the official Iranian government’s position on the issue. “The words of [president] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Holocaust and on Israel are not personal opinions, nor isolated statements but they express the view of the Iran government,” Mottaki said. Ahmadinejad made the Holocaust remarks after stating in October that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” “The Palestinians or Islamic nations can not be forced to pay for the injustices the Europeans believe they committed against the Jews,” the minister said speaking at Tehran airport after a visit to Pakistan.

As Iran happily collects Holocaust cartoons for a newspaper contest, Iran officials have sent a letter to the United Nations saying it wanted the organization to “remove by mid-month any seals and surveillance systems on their uranium enrichment plant, parts of which were still being monitored by international inspectors.” The Los Angeles Times reports the letter also said that Iran would end all voluntary compliance with the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran had been voluntarily complying with a set of rules that allowed for inspections on short notice on many facilities that are a part of Iran’s nuclear energy program. Now that access to these facilities will end.

The Nazis never obtained a nuclear weapon, although Historians working in Germany and the US claim to have found a 60-year-old diagram showing a Nazi nuclear bomb. The Nazis were far away from a ‘classic’ atomic bomb. But they hoped to combine a ‘mini-nuke’ with a rocket. “The Nazis were far away from a ‘classic’ atomic bomb. But they hoped to combine a ‘mini-nuke’ with a rocket,” Dr Karlsch told the BBC. “The military believed they needed around six months more to bring the new weapon into action.

Where the Nazis failed in creating weapons of mass destruction, they were successful in building and maintaining Holocaust death camps.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were “life unworthy of life.”

During the era of the Holocaust, the Nazis also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that the Third Reich would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, close to two out of every three European Jews had been killed as part of the “Final Solution”, the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe.

Although Jews were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included tens of thousands of Roma (Gypsies). At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled people were murdered in the Euthanasia Program. As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Nazis persecuted and murdered millions of other people. More than three million Soviet prisoners of war were murdered or died of starvation, disease, neglect, or maltreatment. The Germans targeted the non-Jewish Polish intelligentsia for killing, and deported millions of Polish and Soviet citizens for forced labor in Germany or in occupied Poland. From the earliest years of the Nazi regime, homosexuals and others deemed to be behaving in a socially unacceptable way were persecuted.

Thousands of political dissidents (including Communists, Socialists, and trade unionists) and religious dissidents (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses) were also targeted. Many of these individuals died as a result of incarceration and maltreatment. The Holocaust See maps Before beginning the war in 1939, the Nazis established concentration camps to imprison Jews, Roma, other victims of ethnic and racial hatred, and political opponents of Nazism. During the war years, the Nazis and their collaborators created ghettos, transit camps, and forced-labor camps.

Following the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) carried out mass-murder operations against Jews, Roma, and Soviet state and Communist party officials. More than a million Jewish men, women, and children were murdered by these units. Between 1942 and 1944, Nazi Germany deported millions more Jews from the occupied territories to extermination camps, where they murdered them in specially developed killing facilities. In the final months of the war, SS guards forced camp inmates on death marches in an attempt to prevent the Allied liberation of large numbers of prisoners. As Allied forces moved across Europe in a series of offensives on Germany, they began to encounter and liberate concentration camp prisoners, many of whom had survived the death marches. World War II ended in Europe with the unconditional surrender of German armed forces in the west on May 7 and in the east on May 9, 1945.

Yad Veshem Israel museum in Jerusalem has a SHOAH Resource Center consisting of a comprehensive database on the Holocaust including photographs, artifacts, testimonies, documents, maps, diaries, research papers, and The Holocaust memorial center includes a chronology – a timeline of the events of the Holocaust with over 300 events and brief entries on each. A bibliography which lists over 200 books in English that are generally regarded by scholars and teachers as important in the study of the Holocaust. And documents of the Holocaust – a comprehensive collection of over 200 documents on the destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland and the Soviet Union.

As Iran focuses on securing Holocaust cartoons, the EU’s executive office today warned Iran that attempts to boycott Danish goods or cancel trade contracts with European countries would lead to a further rupture in already cool relations. The EU was trying to confirm comments made by Iran’s president that the country should boycott Danish products in protest of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, said EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger. “A boycott of Danish goods is by definition a boycott of European goods,â€? Laitenberger said. “A boycott hurts the economic interests of all parties, also those who are boycotting and can damage the growing trade links between the EU and the countries concerned.â€?

The Brussels-based Conference of European Rabbis (CER) denounced the idea of Holocaust cartoons coming from Iran and urged the Muslim world to do likewise. Iran daily paper said the contest was designed to test the boundaries of free speech. In Paris, CER President Joseph Sitruk, who is also Chief Rabbi of France, said: “The Iranian regime has plummeted to new depths if it regards the deaths of six million Jews as a matter for humor or to score cheap political points. “Sadly, we are not surprised by this action,” he said, recalling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s calls last year for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and his dismissal of the Holocaust as a myth. In a statement issued by the CER, which represents chief rabbis from over 40 European countries, Sitruk said the Iranian government menaced Jews and the whole international community. Sitruk noted that European religious leaders had condemned the publication of images likely to offend believers’ feelings.

“This is a test for the Muslim world to react immediately to condemn their own co-religionists in Iran for such obscene behavior as we condemned those who sought to insult them,” he said.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in response to the controversy stemming from the twelve cartoons depicting Mohammed featured in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and reprinted in other European newspapers: ADL is opposed to religious, racial and ethnic stereotyping in the media. The ADL said that it found some of the cartoons in Jyllands-Posten troubling, particularly the direct linkage of Mohammad and violence. “At the same time, we are gravely concerned by the extreme violent reaction these cartoons have generated in Muslim communities in Europe, and particularly in the Middle East. It is certainly the right of individuals and governments to express their disagreement with these depictions. However, the use of violence, threats, boycotts and other extreme reactions are highly inappropriate and bode ill for future debates involving Islam, democracy and free speech.”

The ADL statement concluded: “what has been overlooked in the controversy is the fact that despicable anti-Jewish caricatures appear daily in newspapers across the Arab and Muslim world. In a democratic society, newspapers need to be free to publish controversial content without fear of censorship or intimidation of their writers and editors. At the same time, newspapers and all media outlets should to take into account the sensitivities of racial, ethnic and religious groups.”

Iran protesters hurled petrol bombs and stones at the Danish Embassy in Tehran for a second successive day. Iran announced it had cut all trade ties with Denmark because of the cartoons and hundreds of protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at the Danish embassy on Monday night. A Danish newspaper first published the cartoons in September, and newspapers in Norway and a dozen other countries reprinted them last month.

“This is a test for SEO professionals in every democratic nation who have a rich background in public relations, marketing and advertising HTML SEO programming to make their mark and illustrate their power,” said Leyden. “On-line news sites do not optimize their news stories with search engine optimization SEO technology and as a result their stories get lost in cyberspace. Rather than SEO the keywords “seraphim proudleduck”, SEO PR professionals should now concentrate on “iran holocaust cartoons” and bury the Iran information PR war of incitement among Muslims world-wide.”