Arab Group Fined for Cartoon That Questions Holocaust

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Dutch appeals court has convicted an Arab cultural group of hate speech for placing a cartoon on its website that questions the Holocaust.

Arnhem court has fined the Dutch arm of the Arab European League euro2,500 ($3,210) after overturning a lower court's acquittal of the group.

The cartoon shows two apparently Jewish men poking a pile of skeletons and discussing whether they can count non-Jews to increase the Holocaust death toll.

The court said Thursday the cartoon "is insulting to a group of people, the Jews, because of their race."

In April, a court in Utrecht ruled that the publication fell within the boundaries of freedom of speech laws.

The Arab European League could not immediately be reached for comment.