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January 2, 2014

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.

In this article, titled “Quenelle: Courage or reverse Nazi salute?” Duff also states that Jews are not a Semitic people, therefore, the quenelle being labeled “anti-Semitic” is false. He also denies the existence of gas chambers at the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland. Duff claims that this history that Jews were gassed is taught in Europe “virtually at gunpoint.”  

Duff goes on to claim that the intelligence organizations of “dozens of nations” including “Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain, India and, especially, the United States” are “managed” by Israel. He also describes Zionists as “monsters” that act “for money and power.”

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December 18, 2013

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.

Dieudonne was dragged back to a French court this week for failing to pay an earlier fine levied on him for anti-Semitic remarks.  In the previous incident, Dieudonne had called Jews “the world’s biggest crooks,” mocked the Holocaust, and called for the release of Youssouf Fofana, whose Gang of Barbarians had kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Ilan Halimi in 2006.

Even French President François Hollande yesterday referred indirectly – but clearly – to Dieudonne, condemning “those who claim to be comedians but are just plain anti-Semites.”

Dieudonne is thought to have invented the “quenelle,” a salute with one arm down and the other bent at the elbow with an open hand on the opposite shoulder, in 2009 as part of the electoral campaign of his Anti-Zionist Party.

When done in a Jewish context, anti-Semitic intent is obvious.

Alain Sorel, an anti-Semitic French filmmaker and writer, posed doing a quenelle at the Berlin Holocaust memorial.

Alain Sorel, an anti-Semitic French filmmaker and writer, posed doing a quenelle at the Berlin Holocaust memorial.

Or in front of the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where Mohamed Merah murdered a rabbi and three children.

Judging from the numerous articles in the French press, there is no question that the quenelle is a spreading fad.  Less clear is whether those who “slip a quenelle,” as the expression goes, in non-Jewish contexts understand its origin and meaning.

French soccer star Mamadou Sakho and TV journalist Yann Barthès were photographed making the gesture, but when questioned, said they had no idea of its significance.  And the faddish element appears the most likely explanation when groups are shown giving the salute in a non-Jewish context, as with this dental clinic.

However, French uniformed services have drawn a clear line, regardless of context.  The army punished two soldiers for “slipping a quenelle” in front of a Paris synagogue in September, and yesterday an investigation was launched into three firefighters photographed doing the salute.

While this gesture has not yet surfaced in the U.S., French athletes competing here, entertainers performing here, and others visiting from France may bring it to our shores.


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February 5, 2013

Iran “Hollywoodism” Conference Partners With U.S. & International Anti-Semites, Conspiracy Theorists

Iran’s third “Hollywoodism” conference, currently underway in Tehran, is partnering with a number of American and international anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists.

The conference, part of Iran’s annual Fajr International Film Festival, includes sessions on how Zionists and their allies in the West use the film industry to promote negative views of Iran and provoke religious conflicts around the globe.

The official logo for the conference, which further strengthens alliances between anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists and the Iranian regime, combines the Star of David with Masonic imagery.

Iran’s “International Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema”

Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Javad Shamaghdari said in his opening statement at the conference on February 2 that since before World War I, some Hollywood films “have been formed and produced” from the “Zionist point of view, whose doctrines and beliefs have been institutionalized.”

Shamaghdari also invoked the conspiratorial claims that Hollywood is “practically in the duty of the Zionist and White House.”

In a separate statement, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini warned the American people of their alliance with Zionism, and claimed that the “White House’s leaders play a main role in the artistic policy for Hollywood.” Hosseini also said that he believes Hollywood and the film industry is under a “hidden management that is leading the economic, business, researching and theorizing centers.”

A prominent participant in the conference is French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose acts routinely include Holocaust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes and other anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The conference website identifies a list of “partners” that includes several American and international anti-Semites and anti-Israel activists and organizations. The list includes:

  • American Free Press (AFP): A Washington, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic newspaper published by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.  He also publishes The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial journal.
  • Americana Pictures: A Tennessee-based film company run by Merlin Miller, who ran as the 2012 presidential candidate for the American Third Position (recently re-named the American Freedom Party), a white supremacist political party. Miller has participated in previous Iranian film festivals.
  • Mike Gravel: A former senator and congressman from Alaska who was a presidential candidate in 2007. Gravel has some ties to AFP. He participated on a panel at the June 2003 AFP/Barnes Review conference. In addition, Gravel has questioned the role of the U.S. government in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Truth Jihad: A website and Internet radio show run by Kevin Barrett, a former instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorist. He is a co-founder of Muslims for 9/11 Truth, which consists mostly of a blog that refutes the idea that any Muslims were behind the 9/11 attacks.  Barrett uses his radio show to offer a platform to 9/11 anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
  • James Fetzer: One of the co-founders of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, an organization that is composed of academics and others who believe that the U.S. government played a role in the 9/11 attacks. He is also another columnist for the anti-Semitic website Veterans Today and has written  two articles for the Op-Ed News site in which he promotes anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories.
  • The Council for the National Interest (CNI): CNI is anti-Israel organization that opposes U.S. aid to Israel and disseminates demonizing propaganda about Israel to academic, politicians, and other audiences. CNI is led by Alison Weir, a prominent voice in the anti-Israel movement who often characterizes the Jewish state as a violent aggressor.

The conference demonstrates, once again, that Iran at the forefront of promoting classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

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