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French public radio takes legal action against latest anti-Semitic remarks by comedian Dieudonné

Written by Joseph Byron
  
Saturday, 21 December 2013 21:38
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Dieudonné,, who has been already convicted for his anti-Semitic rants, has invented and popularized the ‘Quenelle’—a reverse body Hitler salute now becoming all the rage amongst French youth.


PARIS ( EJP ) --- French public radio has decided to take legal action following anti-Semitic remarks made by controversial humorist Dieudonné against one of the radio’s Jewish journalist.

" Following the openly anti-Semitic remark by Dieudonné aganst Patrick Cohen, the management of Radio France decided to take legal action to the court. The prosecutor will decide whether or not to open criminal proceedings against Dieudonné,’’ Radio France said in a statement.

A report by France2 television last Thursday showed Dieudonné joking with the Holocaust during a show at a Paris theater. ‘’When I hear Patrick Cohen , I think, you know, the gas chambers ... Too bad ," he said, triggering laughter among his fans.

Richard Malka, a lawyer fo the French radio said ‘’it is unthinkable that in 2013 such statements are made."

"By stigmatizing Patrick Cohen of his real or perceived religion and regretting the disappearance of the gas chambers,Mr. M'Bala M'Bala (the official name of Dieudonné who is of Cameroonese origin) is guilty of the offense of incitement to hatred,’’ he said.

 

Dieudonné,, who has been already convicted for his anti-Semitic rants, has invented and popularized the ‘Quenelle’—a reverse body Hitler salute now becoming all the rage amongst French youth.

For his statement during an interview that ”the biggest crooks in the world, that’s the Jews”, the Paris Criminal Court levied a fine of 20,000 euro. Another 8,000 euro was levied for his public performance of his signature theme song, “Shoah Ananas” (“Shoah Pineapple”), as well as for a music video of the song posted online, which splices together film footage of Jews dancing with staged clips of Hasidic-looking men groping each other in the back of a limo. The song is a parody of the 1970s French children’s song by Annie Cordy, “Chaud kakao,” or “Hot Cocoa,” whose own video imagery would be considered cavalierly racist by modern standards.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls stated that “When, after the Holocaust, we come to write a ‘good Jew is a dead Jew’ on Twitter, we have here a problem! We can no longer keep our eyes shut!”

One Paris prosecutor noted that Dieudonné, who is considered as a professional anti-Semite, has already accrued six prior convictions for the same crimes and that he still owes the court 36,000 euro.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 21:42
 

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