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May 23, 2012 0

Anti-Semite Dieudonne In the News in France

Update: Dieudonne ran unsuc­cess­fully for French Par­lia­ment as the Anti-Zionist Party can­di­date from Dreux. He was elim­i­nated in the sec­ond round of the elec­tion, receiv­ing just 1.14% of votes castHis film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Anti-Semitic per­former Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala has gar­nered some media atten­tion in France since he announced on May 18 that he will be run­ning for Par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of the Anti-Zionist Party (Parti Anti-Sioniste or PAS) in upcom­ing elec­tions. Dieudonne is known for his per­for­mances which rou­tinely include Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic language.

This is not Dieudonne’s first time run­ning for polit­i­cal office. Most recently, he stood as a can­di­date for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Anti-Zionist Party, receiv­ing 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to its web­site, the Anti-Zionist Party’s pri­mary goal is to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France.

Dieudonne, one of four PAS mem­bers run­ning for Par­lia­ment, hopes to rep­re­sent the city of Dreux, 50 miles west of Paris. The other PAS can­di­dates are run­ning in the 8th and 13th dis­tricts in the North as well as the 14th dis­trict in the Rhone region.

While Dieudonne has repeat­edly been pros­e­cuted for his racist and anti-Semitic per­for­mances and com­ments, none of his crim­i­nal con­vic­tions ren­der his can­di­dacy ille­gal. Accord­ing to an arti­cle in the French edi­tion of The Huff­in­g­ton Post, even if his cam­paign mate­ri­als incite hatred or racial vio­lence, the penal­ties would be sig­nif­i­cant (€45,000 fine and five years in prison) but would not make him inel­i­gi­ble for Parliament.

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May 18, 2012 2

Anti-Semite Dieudonne’s Tour Cancelled in Montreal

Update: Dieudonne’s film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Four sched­uled shows in Mon­treal by French come­dian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose act rou­tinely includes Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic lan­guage, were can­celled last week by Quebec’s largest con­cert promoter.

The can­celled shows were part of Dieudonne’s first attempt to seri­ously pro­mote his first fea­ture film L’Antisémite, released ear­lier this year, in North Amer­ica. The film, report­edly funded in part by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, makes no attempt to con­ceal its mes­sage. The film’s trailer shows Dieudonne declar­ing, “It’s clear the Jews con­trol every­thing — media, finance, pol­i­tics. We no longer have a choice,” before arriv­ing to the appar­ent punch line, “we must exter­mi­nate them.” Another short clip from the film mocks the dis­cov­ery of the gas cham­bers at Auschwitz, sug­gest­ing that they were a fabrication.

Dieudonne has been the sub­ject of much con­tro­versy in Europe where he has been con­victed of incit­ing hatred in France and is under inves­ti­ga­tion in Bel­gium for “incit­ing racial hatred and xeno­pho­bia” dur­ing a per­for­mance ear­lier this year. Addi­tion­ally, Bel­gian author­i­ties recently forced Dieudonne to can­cel two shows in Brus­sels, and French police stopped Dieudonne mid-performance on May 9 for break­ing local defama­tion laws.

In addi­tion to his per­for­mances, Dieudonne makes his views known out­side the con­text of his sup­posed com­edy, includ­ing run­ning for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Parti Anti Sion­iste (the Anti-Zionist Party), which received 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to the party’s web­site, its pri­mary goals are to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France, denounce all politi­cians who advo­cate for Zion­ism, and to erad­i­cate all forms of Zion­ism from France.

In April 2010, Dieudonne was inter­viewed on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV, where he claimed that Zion­ism has orga­nized “all the wars and dis­or­ders on the planet.” He also argued that the stock mar­ket and the unem­ploy­ment that resulted from its crash are part of the “Zion­ist project” and that Zion­ists manip­u­late the film indus­try using movies as Jew­ish propaganda.

Dieudonne, the son of a French mother and a Cameroon­ian father, is also noto­ri­ous for a grotesque provo­ca­tion in 2008 in which he had his assis­tant, dressed as a Jew in a con­cen­tra­tion camp, present an award to Robert Fau­ris­son, a seri­ally con­victed Holo­caust denier, at a show at the Zenith The­ater in Paris. Dieudonne was fined €10,000 for the inci­dent, which was con­sid­ered a “pub­lic insult of peo­ple of Jew­ish faith or origin.”

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May 11, 2012 0

California Arabic Newspaper Says Israel Abuses Memory of Holocaust

The April 27 issue of Watan, an Ana­heim, California-based Arabic-language news­pa­per, fea­tured an arti­cle accus­ing Israel of inten­tion­ally using the mem­ory and his­tory of the Holo­caust to mask Israeli crimes com­mit­ted against the Pales­tin­ian people.

The arti­cle, “The ‘Holo­caust’ Indus­try,” asks, “How could crimes against a group become a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for that same group to com­mit crimes against another group?” Sim­i­larly, the arti­cle accuses “the Zion­ist entity” of com­mit­ting the heinous crimes against the Pales­tini­ans all “in the shad­ows of cel­e­brat­ing the mem­ory of the Holo­caust through the last century.”

The Watan arti­cle also pro­motes the con­spir­a­to­r­ial view that Israel’s pur­pose in pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of the Holo­caust is to be able to use it as a tool “against politi­cians, intel­lec­tu­als and oth­ers who dare to whis­per oppo­si­tion to Israeli poli­cies,” a charge that has fre­quently been used by anti-Israel schol­ars, activists and orga­ni­za­tions to stave off accu­sa­tions of anti-Semitism.

Watan, which claims to have a cir­cu­la­tion in Cal­i­for­nia of 30,000, con­sis­tently prints anti-Semitic edi­to­ri­als and car­toons. The car­toons, orig­i­nally pub­lished in the Arab press, have been inter­na­tion­ally syndicated.

Another California-based com­mu­nity news­pa­per, Al Akhbar, pub­lished an arti­cle in March fea­tur­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives and com­par­isons of Israeli poli­cies to Nazi ideology.

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