French Soldiers Under Investigation for Anti-Semitic ‘Quenelle’ Gesture

September 11, 2013 8:47 am 2 comments
Alain Soral, founder of “Equality and Reconciliation” – a movement close to the extreme right in France (center), with French anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne (right), demonstrating the "quenelle." Photo: The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism / www.antisemitism.org.il.

Alain Soral, (center), founder of “Equality and Reconciliation” – a movement close to the extreme right in France , with French anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne, (right), demonstrating the "quenelle." Photo: The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism / www.antisemitism.org.il.

JTA — Two French soldiers who posed in front of a Paris synagogue while making an anti-Semitic gesture will be sanctioned by the French army. The soldiers of the Alpine Hunters elite unit currently are the subject of an investigation, the French military’s spokesperson, Bruno Louisfert, told radio station RTL France Tuesday. He said they will be punished for the act. CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, called  the soldiers’ actions “shocking and disconcerting.”

Dubbed the “quenelle,” the gesture is the brainchild of the declaredly anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne, who invented several anti-Semitic words and gestures seen to be too vague to violate France’s law forbidding hate speech and Holocaust denial. The quenelle is thought to echo the Nazi salute. Diedonne has also referred to the Holocaust as Shoannanas – a combination of the Hebrew word for the Nazi genocide against the Jews and the French word for pineapple.

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  • This is not about capitalism at all. He is absolutely an Anti-Semite, and a rater rabid one at that, which is evidenced by his obsessive actions and his getting into multiple fist fights with Jewish young men if by nothing else. He has also made a movie about how horrible the Jews are.

    Read this if you need to:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/104436/antisemite-banned-at-cannes

  • Dieudonné is NOT anti-semitic (which, by the way, is a misleading term). He is just protesting against a few people that have a lot of power in France, as well as in the rest of the capitalism world. And it appears that some of them are jewish, and that they don’t like to be criticized. Since some of them are very influent in the medias, they try to make him look a racist and an anti-semitic to the whole world (and, by reading your article, it seems to be working well). Oh and he is NOT a muslim, he’s an atheist. He strongly criticizes religious wars.
    As for Alain Soral, he was first a marxist-communist, then joined the Front national (extreme-right) for a very short time, and he is now an independant. His revolutionnary ideas are not owned by any political party. He also criticizes the many manipulations that people are facing every single day, and the “unique thought and speech” that forbid us to think independantly.
    So before you sum up complex ideas, your duty as a journalist (if you are one) is to get information from different angles and then give an objective point of view. Journalism should be conditionned by objectivity…
    It’s a very interesting debate and I encourage everybody to get more information and to forget that medias have been beating us with for many years.
    Your lack of objectivity is only helping the mis-information and the lack of independancy in today medias.

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