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Visitors look at cartoons displayed at Tehran’s Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts.

Visitors look at cartoons displayed at Tehran’s Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts.

The Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts has mounted an exhibition of works created by international cartoonists on Palestine in the capital city of Tehran. The event displays a collection of 110 works by cartoonists of 33 countries, which were selected for the Return to Home International Cartoon Contest held in February 2012. Organized by the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and several other Iranian institutes, the competition was held in support of the Global March to Jerusalem (al-Quds), an initiative that organized non-violent civil resistance on March 30, 2012 in Palestine and the four neighbouring countries of Egypt, Lebanon Jordan and Syria. Iran’s Masoud Ziai, Bahman Jalali and Mehdi Azizi won the top awards of the contest. Fakhreddin Doustmohammadi and Saeed Sadeqi from Iran, Arif Sutristanto from Indonesia, Luc Descheemaeker from Belgium, and London-based Iranian artist Homayoun Mahmoudi were also granted honorable mentions. The participating cartoons were judged by Marcio Leite from Brazil, Hicabi Demirci from Turkey, and Mohammad-Hossein Niroumand, Abolfazl Mohtarami, and Mohammad-Reza Doustmohammadi from Iran. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been expelled from their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip and well as countries in the region and worldwide since the 1948 Israeli occupation. Gaza has been blockaded by Tel Aviv since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty. Palestinian refugees are still barred from their homeland and many are forced from their land to make way for Israeli settlements, and the Israeli administration have even stated that they do not want Palestinians to exceed 30% of the population of al-Quds (Jerusalem). TE/TE
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