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February 4, 2014 0

Counter-speech Against a French Anti-Semite

Counter-speech is a vital tool to com­bat hate speech, and ADL’s coun­ter­part in French-speaking Switzer­land, CICAD, pro­vided an excel­lent exam­ple of counter-speech last night against the anti-Semitic French come­dian, Dieudonné.

Dieudonné, who has been con­victed and fined mul­ti­ple times for anti-Semitic speech in France, sched­uled sev­eral per­for­mances in Nyon, Switzer­land, a town just four miles over the border.

Last night’s per­for­mance coin­cided with the British government’s deci­sion to declare Dieudonné per­sona non grata, for­bid­ding him entry into the UK.  Dur­ing the per­for­mance, Dieudonné referred to Queen Eliz­a­beth II and made his often anti-Semitic quenelle ges­ture.…
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January 2, 2014 8

Quenelle Embraced By U.S. Holocaust Denier

The “quenelle,” the anti-Semitic ges­ture cre­ated by French anti-Semitic per­former Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, has been gain­ing a fol­low­ing among anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers, and has even been flashed by some pro­fes­sional ath­letes.gordon-duff-press-tv-anti-semitism

The lat­est show of sup­port for the quenelle has come from Gor­don Duff, a senior edi­tor of the anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Vet­er­ans Today. In a Jan­u­ary 2, 2014 arti­cle pub­lished by Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language pro­pa­ganda sta­tion which fre­quently pro­vides a plat­form for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, Duff describes the mod­i­fied Nazi salute as an “inter­na­tional, inclu­sive, non-sectarian” sym­bol that serves as an “antithe­sis” to Zion­ism.…
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December 18, 2013 7

The Quenelle: Fascist or Fad?

What is the “quenelle”?  In addi­tion to being sort of a French ver­sion of gefilte fish, is it also a mod­ern ‘Nazi salute’ sweep­ing Europe?  Con­text matters.

“An anti-Semitic ges­ture for some, an anti-establishment sym­bol for oth­ers, the mean­ing of the ‘quenelle’ is still vague.”  So reports French news­pa­per Le Figaro in a story on Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a French come­dian and “pro­fes­sional anti-Semite” in the words of Roger Cukier­man, Pres­i­dent of the French Jew­ish rep­re­sen­ta­tive orga­ni­za­tion, CRIF.  ADL has con­demned Dieudonne’s anti-Semitism on many occa­sions, most recently for his par­tic­i­pa­tion in an Iran­ian anti-Semitic con­fer­ence on “Hol­ly­wood­ism” and for his anti-Semitic polit­i­cal activ­ity.…
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