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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.

CICAD stand near the Nyon theater, featuring Dieudonné quotes like, “For me, the Jews are a cult, a fraud.”

CICAD stand near the Nyon the­ater, fea­tur­ing Dieudonné quotes like, “For me, the Jews are a cult, a fraud.”

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.

The Nyon munic­i­pal­ity decided on Jan­u­ary 13 not to ban Dieudonné’s per­for­mances, while “firmly con­demn­ing any racist and/or anti-Semitic state­ments.”  Fol­low­ing that deci­sion, CICAD sought and received per­mis­sion from the Nyon munic­i­pal­ity to set up an infor­ma­tion booth next to the the­ater to pro­vide audi­ence mem­bers with doc­u­men­ta­tion of Dieudonné’s anti-Semitic hate speech, includ­ing Holo­caust denial.

ADL cham­pi­ons counter-speech and edu­ca­tion to address hate speech, and this approach is a cen­tral theme of Viral Hate: Con­tain­ing Its Spread on the Inter­net, the most recent book by ADL National Direc­tor Abra­ham H. Fox­man and Christo­pher Wolf, ADL Civil Rights Chair.  CICAD reminds us that this strat­egy works well on the ground too.

CICAD will be pre­sent­ing a French-language ver­sion of ADL’s Con­fronting Anti-Semitism: Myths and Facts at the Geneva Inter­na­tional Book Fair, April 30-May 4, one of the most impor­tant in Europe with almost 100,000 vis­i­tors each year.

 

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January 8, 2014 1

Speaking Out Against Dieudonne

Update: Accord­ing to France 24, Dieudonne was taken into cus­tody on Jan. 22 for allegedly assault­ing a bailiff who came to col­lect fines Dieudonne owes for “incit­ing racial hatred.”

Along­side French gov­ern­ment actions to ban per­for­mances of Dieudonne’s new show, con­cerned and respon­si­ble offi­cials and civil soci­ety lead­ers are pub­licly voic­ing out­rage at the behav­ior of the anti-Semitic come­dian and the grow­ing use of the quenelle ges­ture he invented.dieudonne-speaking-out

The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil of France’s Black Asso­ci­a­tions (CRAN) issued a state­ment, say­ing “For a long time, Dieudonne fought against racism and the far right.  We still remem­ber with emo­tion his actions in the town of Dreux. But for sev­eral years his main fight seems to be against the Jews of France, and he is closer and closer to the far right, his for­mer ene­mies. The CRAN has noticed this evo­lu­tion with dis­may and can only deplore it. (…) The CRAN calls on the Blacks of France not to accept the quenelle or the appeals to anti-Semitism…”

Com­ment­ing on the quenelle ges­ture, pop­u­lar­ized by Dieudonne, the pres­i­dent of the French Coun­cil of the Mus­lim Faith (CFCM) Dalil Boubakeur con­demned its use by the French soc­cer player, Nico­las Anelka, say­ing he opposed “all anti-Semitic or racist acts or state­ments in sports.”

Even the own­ers of Dieudonne’s home the­ater, La Main d’Or, are look­ing for legal means of break­ing his lease.

Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande said, “No one should be able to use this show for provo­ca­tion and to pro­mote openly anti-Semitic ideas.”

Inte­rior Min­is­ter Manuel Valls, who issued the request to local offi­cials to pre­vent the per­for­mances, said, “Dieudonné is deeply anti-Jewish.  We must carry out a polit­i­cal cam­paign to mobi­lize soci­ety against him.”

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Aurélie Fil­ip­petti said, “Mr. Dieudonne is no longer a come­dian.  He has become a Holo­caust denier and revi­sion­ist.”  And Jus­tice Min­is­ter Chris­tiane Taubira called him a “piti­ful buf­foon” and “recidi­viste anti-Semite.”

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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.

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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