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‘Anti-Fascist’ Hacker Exposes Supporters of French Anti-Semite Comedian Dieudonné

December 17, 2013 6:54 pm 35 comments

A Quenelle being photographed, unbeknownst to Chabad rabbis on a public street. Photo: Screenshot.

A Quenelle being photographed, unbeknownst to Chabad rabbis on a public street. Photo: Screenshot.

An anonymous “anti-Fascist and pro-Israel” hacker has exposed the email addresses and identities of thousands of online supporters of the French comedian Dieudonné, known for his film, ‘The Anti-Semite,’ which was banned from the Cannes Film Festival last year, according to an online report and interview with the hacker by France’s Metro News on Tuesday.

Dieudonné’s Nazi-style “Quenelle” salute was condemned last week by the World Zionist Organization at a conference in New York, where photographs from around the world showed the symbol being shown in front of Jews and Jewish sites, confirming its anti-Semitic nature, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot reported.

The Quenelle is a Nazi-style salute created by Dieudonné, along with several new words, including “Shoannanas” – a combination of Shoah, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, and the French word for pineapple — that were designed to be as offensive as possible to Jews, without actually triggering tough French anti-hate speech laws.

Dieudonné’s Holocaust denial is well known in France, where he has been convicted of inciting hatred, but the Quenelle salute has now spread globally, with thousands of “selfie” portraits being taken by non-Jews making the salute in front of Jewish sites, including synagogues, former concentration camps, and even with unaware Jews on the street, including Chabad representatives on outreach or IDF soldiers on guard.

In what is being referred to as “DieudoLeaks” in France, on Tuesday, an anonymous hacker revealed the identities of 1,500 people, most of them French, who donated 60 euros to Dieudonné’s site, along with 4,900 email addresses of people registered for his newsletter.

A Quenelle being photographed, unbeknownst to IDF soldier in Jerusalem. Photo: Screenshot.

A Quenelle being photographed, unbeknownst to IDF soldier in Jerusalem. Photo: Screenshot.

“This is a political gesture, and even civic. I believe that the fight against fascism is a struggle that transcends divisions of left and right. This is not the first time that I have acted against them. I am absolutely not afraid, but I remain hidden for fun,” the hacker, who described himself as being in his 20s, told France’s Metro News.

In a separate interview, the hacker said, “I am a militant anti-fascist and a pro-Israel young man who fights the ideas of all Dieudonné group… Simply. I decided to hack Dieudonné‘s website because he is a racist, and he completely brainwashed hundreds of thousands of easily influenced people. Users of Dieudonne’s website are complicit with a fascist and, me attacking them, directly affects Dieudonné.”

When asked if his move to publish this list of Dieudonné supporters was akin to publishing blacklists of Jews, the hacker said, “Many make comparisons with lists of Jews. I would say that those lists of Jews were lists of innocents given to authorities, while I give a list of the guilty people.”

“On my website, there is a video that shows that most of the ‘Quenelles’ are made “‹”‹in front of synagogues, death camps, Jewish streets. It really connotes an anti-Semitic act,” the hacker said. “Given the way people practice it every time in front of synagogues and Jewish sites, we can see that it is clearly anti-Semitic.”

A Quenelle being photographed at Auschwitz. Photo: Screenshot.

A Quenelle being photographed at Auschwitz. Photo: Screenshot.

Yaakov Haguel, head of the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Countering Anti-Semitism which organized the New York conference, “The Countering Anti-Semitism and Delegitimization of Israel Conference,” said the salute has already caught on around the world.

“It’s gaining more and more momentum, spreading on the Internet and social networks and turning into a clear Nazi symbol, and it doesn’t appear to be a passing phenomenon,” Haguel told Yedioth Ahronot. “It’s spreading to Israel too these days, and we must acknowledge that and stop it.”

Addressing the conference, Haguel said, “The recent anti-Semitic incidents point to an alarming trend of hatred of Jews around the world and particularly in the U.S., which is considered by many the safest place for Jews. Unfortunately, we are witnessing dozens of anti-Semitic incidents on average within one week across the U.S.”

“It’s as simple as this: If we put our heads down – we’ll get hit in the head. I call on leaders of the Jewish communities in the U.S., of all streams, on heads of the Jewish student organizations in the U.S. and the world, to join forces with us in this important struggle. We have no other people, we have no other past, and we have a shared future. We must put an end to anti-Semitism.”

Dieudonné’s film, ‘The Anti-Semite,’ produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center, makes fun of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.1 million Jews were murdered during World War II, and depicts Dieudonné as a drunk and violent character, dressed as a Nazi officer at a party, the JTA reported.

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At the time of the film’s release, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “Anti-Semitism has no place at Cannes, and we welcome the clear statement to that effect from the organizers of the film festival. Dieudonné’s grotesque anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial may play well to audiences in Iran, but the French entertainment industry and society has clearly had enough,” according to the JTA.

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, also on a panel at last week’s WZO conference, said, “The anti-Semites of the new era attack Israel incessantly. They are not shocked by the horrors in Syria and are not crying out, but when the State of Israel defends its citizens against merciless terrorists and missiles launched on schools, they cry out that it’s a ‘massacre.’ They are characterized by indifference, hypocrisy and racism. They must be renounced by every modern society.”

35 Comments

  • The Red sea pedestrian who wrote this article is of course exaggerating in the typical fashion of his kind.

    See:
    http://counterpsyops.com/2013/11/28/the-quenelle-the-new-sign-of-resistance/

    It’s a sign of resistance – measuring along your arm, like saying ‘I’ve had it up to here.’ Italians have been using a similar gesture forever.

  • Whats funny is how seriously people take this. When you renounce a comedian, its a clear indication that he’s hit something that wall have traction. There’s no barriers to funny. Whats funny to me is how Jews are all still up in arms over the Holocaust. I’m an American of African descent and what happened to my people is a lot worse than the Holocaust. There’s a difference between insensitive and funny. Its sad that in France, the race relations are even worse than in America now. At least we can openly talk about who we hate and why, if you want to resolve hate you have to confront it first.

  • Shoananas also trigerred the french anti hate laws fyi.

  • Just to say that Dieudonné is regularly trialed for his antisemetic comments and, sadly, makes more money than the fees he has had to pay. The article is wrong about the quenelle not being punished, he has also received a fee for that. Maybe the law should start being enforced by prison.

    By the way “The French Point of View” is just another fan/victim of Dieudonné, the antisemetic comedian, just another lost soul.

    • French point of view

      “just another fan/victim of Dieudonné, the antisemetic comedian, just another lost soul.”
      Txs for that master…what an amazing therapist you are…
      Many times prideful people have a serious ‘my-way’s-the-only-way’ attitude. Others are just lost soul…
      Ironically, those often can’t understand why they don’t have any reliable and supportive fan/friends. so as I said lies…

  • French point of view

    Don’t be foolish by propaganda here, There have been hundred of thousand of these pictures involving the “quenelle” all released on the web…only 10 of them are directly takken (shooted) in front of a Jewish establishment by “silly” poeple,(watch?v=v2X87TcCWDI) yes, those released in the align-media are minorities…”French Spring” movement is not anti semitic but against the establishment, We stand in opposition to the conventional principles of French lost republic. We are proud to make them shake to make them fear us and obviously they only have one weapon to use against us…lies..

  • I want the name and address of the pos that did the salute in Auschwitz.

  • There is a real problem in this article.
    Dieudonne is not against the Jews. He is against the colonies in Gaza. And I do not know the situation in the USA, but in France when you are against the actions of Israel government, you are immediately treated as Anti Semitic. This is bad, because Israel is an amazing state and should be able to accept criticism without thinking that people that do not agree with some policies want to eradicate the Jews. The quenelle has never been a reference to Nazisme but more like a non aggressive finger salute. Dieudonne has always said: “I want a change in people’s mind but a change by non aggressive laughter.”. Of course, now that Dieudonne has been banned from the media, he is playing with the character the anti-racism associations gave to him. But this is to take to the second degree.

  • Has the idiot Frenchman from Cameroon looked in the mirror lately? He is far from aryan, in fact he is kinda dark? His nazi friends would have cut his throat in a New York second if he wasn’t trying to be a funny guy. He should be publicly tarred and feathered in Israel

    • Ignorance on stilts

      That is a very ignorant remark.

      Africans and the subhuman Mohammedan loved Hitler. And Hitler loved them. African and Quranic societies today are expressly premised on Nazi theology.

      To be clear, Hajj Amin al-Husseini and the Quranic leadership spent the war years in Berlin, Auschwitz was designed according to the Shari’ah.

      The German left was against racial mixing and the Yahood. They loved Mohammed and racially pure Africans.

  • Jesus Christ how easily are the jews offended, there are so many videos on (only citing one source because it will be easier for you) youtube that show the real purpose of the work of Dieudonné. But no, the jew has fear, he is scared. Don’t you see that France does not want your money? Don’t you see that every lie you built is crumbling slowly? And I am not talking to the religion, nor the people. I am talking to a certain number of persons including those who defend the state of Israel. And I must say, those same retards that are saying that Israel is occupied. Shalom brother

    • The peace you desire is the presence of all of us in the grave. Because your end will not bring peace you will then seek to kill all of our half relatives who have non-Jewish blood to some degree. The real purpose is endless war, that proclaimed by Hitler in Mein Kampf.

  • That is the same gesture as saluting the flag for saying the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s the same salute genteel one/men makes in the Middle East to say thank you . That’s totally useless as a distinct salute, especially a disrespectful one. How stupid.

  • To Shalom-Hillel: In reference to your question:These’little sneaks” will pee in their pants and go screeming and crying to their mamas.

  • Attacking Jews is the fastest way for a talentless nobody or irrelevant organization to gain publicity. This will continue until an attack on Jews carries swift, certain, and severe consequences.

    • The quenelle is a Nazi salute blocked from completion by presupposed Jewish repression. The above Auschwitz quenelle aroused no objection from Doudienne or anyone else. The point is not to favor Hitler, but to request all Jews be executed. Mr. Doudienne has the right in the US to be as violent in speech as he wishes. The main thing for you is not to be afraid of speaking your mind, namely that what you really want to do is take a Jewish baby & toss it into the flames. The Nazis said the commandment “thou shalt not murder” was not a divine instruction, but a Jewish invention. That’s our superiority – we do not believe anyone has the right to murder.

      • The comment was intended for Mr./Ms. Shalom above, not for you, Good BH. The foulest greet their intended victims with politeness.

  • The quenelle does not seem to be a manly gesture. The nazi salute was a subliminal version of an erect penis. The quenelle doesn’t get it up. A swift kick in the arse will send these foppish goons back to their caves.

    • A possible explanation is that the Quenelle is a reflection of partial erectile dysfunction of the inventor of the gesture. This medical condition is not that rare, hence an abundance of followers of Mr. Dieudonne. In case this theory is correct, Mr. Dieudonne should offer his service to Pfitzer instead of teasing Jews. His ads would go viral. In any case, exploring in depth the above theory might be a nice topic for a PhD in psychology.

  • When in the USA we pledge allegiance to the flag, or sing the national anthem, we place our right hand over our heart. What we do looks suspiciously like what you call the “Quennelle”.

    • “You took the words from my mouth.”

      I suspect the similarities are not accidental. Rather, they are clever, surreptitious attempts to divide and conquer a nation steadily getting (to paraphrase the ‘Energizer Bunny’) “Dumber, and Dumber, and Dumber.”

    • Nonsense, the two are clearly different. Why would you make this claim?

    • yes, yes, the pledge to the flag is anti$emite it must be supressed immediatly, and all those who pledge alliegance to the flag shot.

  • Cowards and sneaks unmasked. Pass the popcorn

  • lynda m. pizer

    WHEN WILL HATRED, ANTI SEMITISM AND RACISM end? I am a 71 year old psychotherapist and still cannot understand let alone accept such irrational hatred. SHAME ON ANYONE WHO PERPETUATES THIS GARBAGE.

    • Either it will go on and on till the end of times like kohelet says “ein davar hadash betakhat a shemesh” … either it will stop at some point… in both case we have Israel (to be honest this word inspires me so much safety and joy I could step up and dance on my desk right now). We re not the jewish we used to be for the last 2 thousand years. Well face our ennemies and fight them. Do not be afraid, our tribe got its ass kicked many times, but were still standing smiling at the future. A Future that will never let us down, as always…

  • This salute is not terribly distinctive. They are clearly fearful at this point of revealing themselves with a more identifiable Nazi gesture. Instead they take a cowardly photo in a Jewishly significant place or among Jews. It shows what a bunch of losers they truly are.

    I wonder how these little sneaks will feel now that their identities have been revealed.

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