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CCIB looking for artists for anti-Islamophobia cartoons
by Christopher Vincent
This Friday the Organisation against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB - Collectif contre l'Islamophobie en Belgique) called for the creation of cartoons mocking Islamophobia in a bid to respond in a positive manner to the controversial cartoons published after the summer holidays in the Het Belang Van Limburg and De Gazet Van Antwerpen newspapers.
The Het Belang Van Limburg cartoon shows a kindergarten pupil shouting "Allahu akbaaaar" as he slits a teddy bear's throat. Another one depicts a playground with a pupil wielding a bomb, just back from a holiday in Syria. The CCIB notes that the papers have apologised. However it highlights that by focussing on Muslim children and portraying them as murderers, these caricatures contribute to the "racist perception" of Islam and feed a serious xenophobic conflation.
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