Copenhagen – A Danish newspaper published Friday some of the controversial cartoons recently exhibited in Iran that satirized the Holocaust, saying the move was necessary since the exhibition had its roots in Denmark.

The exhibition in Tehran was organized in the wake of massive protests in the Muslim world earlier this year sparked by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s decision to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, the left-liberal daily Information said.

An editorial in Information said the Iranian exhibition was a reaction to the Jyllands-Posten publication, and later in other European newspapers, adding that it felt it was ‘obliged to document developments in a matter that originated in Denmark.’

Denmark’s Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner was quoted as saying that he did not see a problem with Information’s publication.

‘The cartoons are unpleasant, but they are not new. The Arab world has always used that kind of cartoon,’ Lexner said.

The Iranian exhibition has been criticized internationally, as has President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments that the Holocaust was a ‘myth.’

© 2006 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur

The exhibition in Tehran was organized in the wake of massive protests in the Muslim world earlier this year sparked by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s decision to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, the left-liberal daily Information said.

An editorial in Information said the Iranian exhibition was a reaction to the Jyllands-Posten publication, and later in other European newspapers, adding that it felt it was ‘obliged to document developments in a matter that originated in Denmark.’

Denmark’s Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner was quoted as saying that he did not see a problem with Information’s publication.

‘The cartoons are unpleasant, but they are not new. The Arab world has always used that kind of cartoon,’ Lexner said.

The Iranian exhibition has been criticized internationally, as has President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments that the Holocaust was a ‘myth.’

© 2006 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur