Wiesenthal Center Calls on NBA Star Tony Parker to Apologize for ‘Disgusting and Dangerous’ Use of ‘Reverse Nazi Salute’

December 29, 2013 4:58 pm 67 comments

Parker's alleged use of the 'quenelle' gesture on French TV. Photo: Screenshot.

Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), called on NBA star Tony Parker to apologize for his past use of the “quenelle” gesture which is widely considered to be anti-Semitic, and has been described as “the Nazi salute in reverse.”

The call comes a day after French soccer star Nicolas Anelka ignited a furor over his use of the gesture after scoring a goal for English soccer club West Bromwich.

Calling Parker’s use of the gesture “disgusting and dangerous” and, saying that the star was “mainstreaming anti-Semitic hate,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the SWC, said that Parker should, “apologize for his use of the quenelle ‘Nazi’ salute.”

“As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic,” Cooper said, in an interview with The Algemeiner.

Representatives for the NBA, and Parker’s team the San Antonio Spurs, did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s requests for comment.

Tony Parker and French anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné making the offensive 'quenelle' gesture. Photo: Screenshot/Slate.fr.

Parker’s most overt use of the “quenelle” gesture, which has been reported on by a number of French newspapers including Libération, Rue89 and Slate’s French site, appears to have  taken place earlier this year. News reports from September and October show a picture of Parker backstage at a French theater doing the “quenelle” while standing beside French anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné, who invented the gesture.

In another reported use of the gesture while appearing on the Grand Journal  TV show, Parker is asked, “How big is (French President) François Hollande?” The player then gets up, and smiling, crosses his right arm over to his left shoulder, French Jewish news site JSS News reported in October.

The “quenelle” has been used by followers of Dieudonné in front of Nazi concentration camps, synagogues and even when standing beside unsuspecting Jews.

“It’s the Nazi salute in reverse,” Roger Cukierman, head of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations, said recently. “Very clearly, Mr Dieudonné is developing a nearly professional anti-Semitism under the cover of telling jokes.”

“Clearly everyone agrees that this is a provocative instrumentation of a reverse Nazi salute,” French Jewish artist and activist Ron Agam, told The Algemeiner.

On Friday, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, criticized the comedian and said that his ministry was looking for legal ways to ban his shows.

“Dieudonné M’bala M’bala doesn’t seem to recognize any limits any more,” Valls said. “From one comment to the next, as he has shown in several television shows, he attacks the memory of Holocaust victims in an obvious and unbearable way.”

Artist Agam said  that “There is an enormous amount of anger and fear” among French Jews, “due to the newly aggressive resurgence of anti-Semitic violence.”

“Dieudonné is one of the visible expressions of this outrageous behavior,” he said.

Agam said Parker’s use of the gesture was a product of “Stupidity and boorishness coupled with blatant indifference towards the victims of anti-Semitism.”

“He should publicly apologize and renege on his support and friendship towards the humorist,” Agam agreed.

Dieudonné’s film, “The Anti-Semite,” was banned from the Cannes Film Festival last year. He has openly supported former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s offensive views on Israel and the Jewish people, and has described Holocaust remembrance as “memorial pornography.” He has also created words and other gestures that are designed to be offensive to Jews.

Addressing the possibility that Parker wasn’t fully aware of what Dieudonné and the “quenelle” symbolize, Agam said that, “Everyone in France knows what Dieudonné stands for. His declared anti-Semitism has been on the front page of all major newspapers , no one can say, ‘they did not know of his viciousness towards the Jewish community.’”

“Tony Parker is guilty by association as are all the other people that claim to be his friends,” he said.

After his use of the “quenelle,” on Saturday, soccer star Anelka, who is friendly with Dieudonné, said that his decision to use the hateful gesture was a tribute to his friend.

“This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné,” Anelka tweeted.

The move was sharply criticized by French leaders.

France’s Minister for Sport, Valerie Fourneyron, tweeted that, “Anelka’s gesture is a shocking and disgusting provocation. Anti-semitism or incitement to hatred has no place on the football field.” A spokesperson for Britain’s Football Association said that the FA would investigate the incident.

European Jewish Congress president, Moshe Kantor, called for the British Premier League to ban Anelka. “This salute is merely a lesser known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched arm salute,” Kantor said. “This salute was created by a well-known extreme anti-Semite who has displayed his hatred of Jews, mocked the Holocaust and Jewish suffering.”

Agam said that he was pleased with how French leaders have reacted to the widespread use of the “quenelle.”

“The French authorities are being very conscious of the problem and are acting in a responsible way, condemning and prosecuting legally these (who are involved in this) terrible expression of anti-Semitism,” he said.

Earlier this month an anonymous “anti-Fascist and pro-Israel” hacker exposed the email addresses and identities of thousands of Dieudonné’s supporters.

67 Comments

  • This article is not of interest. To live in peace is difficult! To live in war is easy! In war the attacked is always the winner under nature law! Who does attack? Is a person who derives from a nature that can’t nourish man, I let you presume, and of those which stands behind “A star is born” to screw up “ Man’s Minds” of those people whish has a boring life watching TV and dreaming to be a star. A wasted life, a living dead man!

  • The two person that had used such racist gesture should not only apologize but they should be face court and the soccer player suspended by the international federation of soccer-”calcio”. They disregard of their gesture and harm causing should be punish harshly by the authority competent.

  • I think it would have been best to ignore this gesture, and work under French law to have the hate-comedian banned from performing.

    I say this because the sham will be maintained that it’s an anti-system gesture. Actually, it’s both, since they make the absurd claim that Jews control the world and therefore the world system.

    If one could successfully ban such an ambiguous gesture, which is not possible, the claim would be that Jews control everything. It is a case of Jew-baiting. Any venue that allows the evil clown to perform should be exposed as supporting hatred against an ethnic group. I believe this is illegal in France. I think the French government will take action because it has become egregious.

  • Julian Clovelly

    This is such a difficult question, and truly it should not be. It should be simply about the unacceptability of this most virulent form that racism takes. Antisemitism, like slavery, is never acceptable.

    But I do feel that the complicating of this question has at least in part been caused by the victims of this racism themselves, partially in a general Jewish attitude, and partially in an Israeli policy. I write this in the hope that Jewish people, who I count as friends, might consider confronting these core issues.

    The first cause is the non acceptance of conversion that in fact gives to outsider the appearance that Judaism is a racist religion. Surely common sense and religious sense suggests that this belief is based in a mythology of origin that modern science has long disproved. DNA studies clearly show that over the last two thousand years conversion was quite common, a few Jewish immigrants in many areas founded Jewish communities that accepted intermarriage with the local population. An obvious example seems to be the Jews of Ethiopia. How can a descendant of the converted be regarded as a full Jew and a modern convert rejected?

    The second complication is the settlements. I’m sorry but they will never be acceptable internationally. Their existence loses Israel the moral high ground in the eyes of so many people – and this is worsened by the TV programmes that display people in the settlements articulating the first cause I mentioned, with the words, “This is MY land G-d gave it to me”. Truly how is this to be perceived differently from similar land claims over the whole of Israel that appear in the Hamas Charter?

    Israeli policy, and Israel’s situation have understandably made it seek sympathy in the extreme Conservative Right in America. It has rejected and been rejected by much of the left. Surely history teaches that for Jewish people to be allied to the Right always leads to disaster. The Conservative Right, the Creationist and Christian Fundamentalist fellow travellers, attract the distaste of the majority of ordinary people – not just in America, but worldwide. Conservative Austerity policies have angered ordinary people in the USA, in Europe , and even here in Australia. To be identified with this political stream is disastrous.

    We need to get the question of Antisemitism back to the basic level, where it is seen as an ignorant and cruel hatred that has been a blot on Christian culture.

    In 1936 in the incident in London when the Fascist leader Mosley and his blackshirts marched against the Jews of the East End. ordinary people rose up to stop them and demand an end to Fascism. That incident – the battle of Cable Street and of Gardeners Corner decided Britain’s role in the war that was to come.

    I like to believe that ordinary people would again defend their fellow countrymen of whatever persuasion, there and elsewhere

    But the rejection of conversion – the settlements, and the alliance with a hated Conservative Right that would even deny people the public medical service they need – all these and more pertaining don’t make it easy. The SWC needs to look closely at this. Israel cannot survive as an eccentric religious view passed genetically from mother to child, hiding from regional hostility behind a concrete wall – not for ever. Everyone needs to change

  • Nothing like using hate to combat hate. Sets a real example of how to live. And let’s not allow any mistakes… oh no.. it was done to offend someone and BY GOD they are offended. Oops… sorry God. Shouldn’t have brought you into this hateful affair.

  • That’s it… I can’t take it anymore… I feel so offended by the amount of insults this article points in my direction. Me, Dieudonné, Parker, Anelka… Hundreds of thousands of french people… No one of us is a freaking Nazi. And we all have brains, we are not snails, you know? We can think by ourself! Both of my grandfathers were killed by Hitler so… They were French Christians but that’s not my point. My point is, I am not Anti-Semitic nor racist or Nazi. I even live abroad from my dear country! I respect every religion. Actually, I don’t really care about that, it’s a personal thing.

    Dear author, you have no clue what you talk about or what’s going on in France. You just stand by Cuikerman’s position because he’s jew. That is just basic international tribalism. Pathetic. What’s your definition of journalism? The quenelle is not a reversed Nazi sign, this is nonsense. Actually, it’s not nonsense, it’s propaganda. “That person criticized Israel? He is anti-semitic!” How can we criticize a country and end up a Nazi? Enough of this Nazi thing. I was born in 1989. This is 2013/2014. I have always heard that, in a debate, when people have no arguments, the easy way out is to say the opponent is a Nazi. I believe an american scientist proved it!

    I am a true frenchman. I defend the freedom of speech. This is the most important value of all. Like I said, I am a true frenchman, I get pissed if you don’t let me think what I want. And we are stubborn. The more I get the Nazi analogy, the more I know who’s right, who’s wrong. It has not always been this way, but now it is so obvious. Easy to see who’s scared, who’s not. If you could listen carefully to Dieudonné, you would understand that he is no Adolf Hitler. THIS IS CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM!!!!!!! A black Adolf Hitler would be strange, don’t you think?

    Me and my brothers (No I’m not muslim!), we are not letting that one go. Enough is enough. Medias think the people is one big ignorant amount of mud, they can do anything. It will not last so much longer, I promise. I have never felt that humiliated in my whole life. If you are also tired of the Jews being the “choosen ones”, of being told you are a Nazi only because you doubt Nethanyahu’s racist politic, Gaza massacres. If sometimes you get tired of wondering if somebody is American or Israeli, DO THE QUENELLE AND SPREAD!

    • “French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, criticized the comedian and said that his ministry was looking for legal ways to ban his shows.”
      Is the minister not French enough for you, or you just ignore his comments because it doesn’t fit in your preconceived notions?

    • Hate speech is not protected speech it incites hate and condones violence. If you think there is a right to incited hatred and that speech is protected think again. Gaza massacres haha Hamas does everything possible to ensure maximum civilian casualties. Maybe you are the ignorant one who believes what the media tells you. Israel exists to protect ALL JEWS no just Israelis any supposed anti-Zionist is just an anti-Semite period. You are suggesting to spread something you know offends people and you know why and you “don’t really care about that” so bug off.

    • you’re obviously not up-to-date.

      Published on December 16, 2013 :
      http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/quenelle-france-racist

      Published on Nov 15, 2013 :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxlQK0g2kSk#t=29

      Still want to play the offended ?

  • The link for Slate’s french site displays an article in which a so-called possibly controversial gesture is proven to be a common championship celebration (the index up) and NOTHING ELSE. Need anymore proof that this is a non-issue?

    • Yea I do need more proof, are you saying Dieudonné is not anti-Semetic? He has repeated this stuff so many times even if he swore on his mothers life that he wasn’t it wouldn’t matter.

  • With most of their hunted dead or aged beyond use, Simon Wiesenthal Center must create “New” old hatred groups or find itself with no purpose! The war is over, Israel is powerful, Jews are living worldwide, “get over yourself”!

  • eleanor jordan

    We are sick and tired of political correctness. How silly and yet the Liberals(see all Jews) are trying to control everything we do and say as if their lives depended upon it. Get real and stop the PC police from taking away all our rights and privileges.

    • I agree with you. The U.S. has become infected with this Left-Wing Euro notion that somehow there is a divine right to “not be offended.” Well, in the U.S. our First Amendment, according to the Founders, was largely created to protect “offensive speech.” It’s one of the things that makes us unique.

      Oh, and before anyone tries the tired PC tactic of accusing me of being an Anti-Semite or bigot:

      I am a person of color who is also of Jewish ancestry. My ancestors were Spanish Jews persecuted under the Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand and Isabella. They happened to have been expelled, but they could have just as easily been killed or forced into Catholicism.

      When I was stationed in what was then West Berlin, I took the time to visit some of the Camps that have been maintained as a reminder of the horror of the worst persecution of the Jewish people. That was real horror.

      This really is much ado about nothing.

    • AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT. Are you even more than braindead to suggest otherwise? Six million Jews were killed in addition to Romani (Gypsies), Catholics, Gays, and more who were just incidental to the carnage carried on by the Nazis. Let your relatives tell you what it was like to live under the tyranny of Hitler! There is no longer an excuse for such ignorance, not his and not yours.

      • “Catholics”? The Nazis weren’t persecuting Catholics as a group. I mean, we all know how the victim list needs to grow all the time, but Germany was and is about half Protestant and half Catholic. Hitler himself was baptized Catholic.

    • haha that is hilarious. Now all Jews are liberals? I don’t know who abused you or why but I feel bad for you. Hate speech is not a right or a privilege.

  • Tony Parker has nothing to do with anti-Semitic and/or nazi gestures of any kind. He is just a black celebrity athlete supporting a black humorist, using a gesture that shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. Dieudonné has got issues, can be easily portrayed as troublesome, but trying to smear Tony Parker by association is ludicrous. Tony Parker is a tremendous athlete and human being, always has been, always will be, picking on him today is horrible. It’s just a shame. People wake up.

    • And you don’t know what u talking about even if your name is french !

      Thanks to algemeiner to report Parker’s act.

      In France, you have no idea how antisemitism is strong.

      Under the fallacious pretext of “freedom of speech” an ex-humorist and hundreds thousands people behind him have liberate the antisemitic speech.

      I whish some day Zach will come to France, I’ll show him what my country is going through.

  • Jewish people are getting as silly as black people in getting desperate for inane things to be offended by. If American society can abide Jon Stewart’s socialist liberal treasonous “comedy”, i’m sure Tony Parker emulating a French comedian’s signature pose for a photo op with him will not tear down what’s left of European society.

    • When that supposed “humorist” is saying about a french journalist name Patrick Cohen that :”I’ll regret gaz chambers…too late infortunatly…”

      THERE IS NO EQUIVOQUE ! (sorry for my bad english). Stop being blind and wake up !!!

      Jews around here needs jews all over the world : that’s what judaism is all about.

    • Do you know what treason is? Tony Parker is showing he has no class and hates Jews that’s all he is showing. I think if someone gave you the middle finger you would understand what they were trying to say.

  • Why is this just a Jewish problem? Hitler was no NAACP member and often referred to people of color as the inferior race and portrayed them as primates. Untold numbers of non-Jewish French were killed at the hand of the Nazi’s. Mr. Parker is not antisemitic more likely just a moron.

    • Is this a French thing? Because I’d never even seen that gesture prior to reading this article. And I know some serious anti-Semites….

  • Please stop paranoia

    “Quenelle” is not salutnazi but anti system. Stop to see anti semit everywhere.

  • jean françois

    The quenelle gesture has nothing to do with the nazi salute.

    It’s an anti-zionist gesture, not an anti-semitic one. There are also anti-zionist Jews.

    • to be an anti-zionist IS to be an anti-semite — let’s get that straight

    • Nice try. Anti Zion is the new media, Arab, approved hatred of Jews and Israel. Nice try. Wake up. You are either for Hashem or against. And yes there are self hating Jews and haters of Hashem with Jewish names who’s fathers are jewish but are not Jews.

    • let’s be clear about this — ANTI-ZIONISM IS THE SAME AS ANTI-SEMITISM

    • Anti-zionist is anti-Semitic, and if there are ignorant Jews who work against their own people, so are there traitors in every group. They exist, and I perceive it to be a strange kind of mental illness, where the victim turns against his own because of being traumatized as a victim. That’s an analysis, but not an excuse. The title “Benedict Arnold” exists for a reason: a traitor of his own kind.

    • jean françois

      There are anti-zionist Jews, are you calling them anti- semitic ?

  • Retifications
    l est un fait que l’antisémitisme, est omniprésent, pas seulement en France.
    Il ya eu Toujours des envieux.
    Comment accepter que ce petit peuple qui est une minorité dans Le monde a acquis tant de prix Nobel, et qu’ls i sont tellement productif, 2e en technologie dans Le Monde, 2e en pharmacie, en médecine 2e, 2 e en start up après l’Amérique.
    Depuis plus de 60 ans que les arabes font la guerre en Israël
    Ceux qui sont racistes et antisémite, devraient voir se qui les dérange, chez ces grand Inventeurs de la science et médecine, et compositeurs, etc,,,
    POLDEK

    “Rectifications:

    The fact is that anti-Semitism is everywhere, not only in France.
    There was always envious.

    How can we accept this small population is a minority in the world has become so Nobel qu’ls and i are so productive, 2nd technology in the World, 2nd pharmacy, medicine 2nd, 2nd to start up after America.

    For over 60 years the Arabs go to war in Israel
    Those who are racist and anti-Semitic should see if that bothers these great inventors in science and medicine, and composers, etc.,

    POLDEK”

  • It’s now reached football in the UK. If the sporting authorities don’t put a stop to this ASAP it will spread. They must ban the players for the rest of the season and fine them heavily and play the games,of the clubs concerned to empty stadia.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I am happy some individuals are starting to wake up and realize that the Holocaust was a despicable act and to use the Nazi salute is an affront to the murder of 6 millions + Jews and all the persecuted people.
    We all should remember it might start by the Jews but it never ends up only by the Jews. We witness it during WWII.

    • “… some individuals are starting to wake up and realize that the Holocaust was a despicable act…”. Where do you live, Madame? Here in the US that’s been drilled in to us since about 1945…

  • More like a sideways nazi salute.
    A reverse one would cause you to stab yourself.

  • What else can you expect from retarded thug-athletes, rappers and the like? Instead of being grateful that Jews were instrumental in turning their worthless “entertainment” into gold, they rant and rave, foam at the mouth–exactly as their neo-Nazi counterparts do. But of course, the former bunch is practically immune from criticism by the “mainstream” leftist press, who only acknowledge hatred of Jews when it emanates from the right side of the spectrum.

    • jacqueline Henriquez

      Listen to yourself. You have the unmtigated gall to comment on bigotry.
      You’re a total bigot.

      • Bigoted against what? Thug rappers and thug athletes? I separate the “thug” athletes and rappers from the “respectable” athletes and rappers. If it is bigoted to point out that someone is a thug, then so be it.

        I think, though, that you assumed he meant “black” when Buck said “thug.” So that makes YOU the bigot, madame.

        Brett

  • lynda m. pizer

    I am a psychotherapist and have often wondered about what makes people hate an entire group of people. It is generally no longer acceptable to be a racist, but anti Semitism has never disappeared and appears to be quitw acceptable among certain groups.

    • jacob mandelblum

      I’m just a plain and common man with some college who never graduated but what I would like to ask each and every Judeophobe what is their reason for this indisputably fully IRRATIONAL hate for Jews and get from any of them a half-assed RATIONAL EXPLANATION, if there is actually any…

      I’m not including Muslims,as their “holy” KORAN which
      they must accept A to Z or else…states that Jews are descendants of pigs and apes and stipulate specifically the faithful must hate Jews to the extent, that even rocks and trees behind/under which Jews is hiding, should tell the faithful to come and kill him…. but I’m referring to Christians and any other religious persuasion,atheists included…

      However, if the the French Jewish youth would for instance, take matters into their own hands, watch for
      those saluting at Jews or Jewish institutions with this new fad and proceed to brake the arms of those making the salute, I guarantee the fade would die a natural death… and likewise that to its “inventor”….

    • It’s Halacha
      Esau hates Yaakov.

  • Why the surprise? There truly is nothing new under the sun.

  • What are his Muslim connections? He appears to have roots in N. Africa? If there is a strong Muslim root structure in his background then his virulent anti-Semitism becomes more understandable.

    Not more forgivable, but certainly more understandable. Islamic fostered anti-Semitism has crept into European discourse. It’s a way to distract Europeans from the threat they face from the Muslim invasion that is inexorably eating into Euro-democracy.

    It’s depressing to see how post-war Europe so easily reverts to its old hatreds and bigotry. The blood of so many millions spilled to fight Nazism sometimes seems to have been wasted.

  • reggie patrick

    If this terrible expression of anti-Semiticism, was done by Tony Parker, in ignorance, trying to be funny or cool with his comedian friend, then he should apologize, for being offensive. But if from his heart, then he is truly anti-Semitic and then an apology would be hypocritical and meaningless anyway.

    The descendants of Shem have been hated, for thousands of years, for the calling and covenant, from God and the promised Seed, that was promised to come. When the call of regeneration comes, the un-regenerate rage on and on.

    • With all due respect, that’s pushing things way too far. Parker is just supporting a humorist who has been under scrutiny for a long time, and to be fair, Dieudonné has dug himself into a hole trying to revive his own comedic career with disturbing political stunts. Not saying Dieudonné is above suspicion, but Tony Parker is. The fact that this gesture has been used by others to hurt purposefully a community is a shame, no question about that, but in no way should it be used to smear Tony Parker in reverse. Instead of calling Parker an ignorant, we should be wise and see things as they are, just support for a guy, not insult towards a whole community. Tony Parker is a good man.

      • Are you personal friends?

      • Hey Gilles, So you admit that his friend, Dieudonne, has been trying to revive his career, with “DISTURBING” Political Stunts!

        Then you call Tony Parker, “A Good Man”. Do you really believe “Good” Men” go confederate, with disturbing political stunts? I’m not smearing Tony Parker— He seems to be taking care of that all by himself. Either apologize for ignorantly yukking it up with his pal or live with his evil ideology.

        Calling Tony Parker a “Good Man” is pushing things way to far. The bible says, “there is none good no not one”,Romans 3:10-18.

        “Good” has one to many O’s; ————–

  • Notice, that this is being done by what we would call African-French, all products of bi-racial marriages and/or born outside of France. God knows, white French are not exactly Jew-lovers (remember WWII), but at least they perhaps learned the lesson of not being overt. BTW, some liberal press tried to say this is Marie Le Pen party salutation. Not sure about it and not always agree with National Front. But perhaps they could achieve something here – send back this scum where it belongs – on the banana trees!

  • If his salute was an innocent mistake and he regrets it, an explanation and an apology would be welcome. On the other hand, if he knew exactly what he was doing, why would you want an apology?

  • A. Apologies are no good after the fact . He knew and knows what he did . He is am anti Semitic Muslim period

  • precursors of human beings

  • Is this becoming a new trend? Claiming that there are secret anti-semitic salutes, aka reverse nazi salutes?

    In my opinion cutting the arm off at should height that “normally” is used by right-wing extremists to give the nazi-salute is the opposite of what (in this case) the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) refers to!

    First there was the UK-soccerplayer who made the gesture of cutting off the right arm, now there is the NBA player making the suggestion of cutting of the left arm……

    I suggest that among others the SWC starts paying attention to all the anti-humanity gestures and actions that take place (in and around the world and by people with the Jewish faith in Israel) instead of paying attention to gestures that as in the case of the UK-soccerplayer had and has nothing to do with anti-semitic attitude and to a NBA-player making a gesture.
    I think there are more important things to pay attention to, for instance Israeli soldiers arresting minors for throwing stones at criminals who shoot children, or keeping in prison people for years without any trial or even an accusation!

    I think, and probably someone will argue that what I say is anti-Israel and thus anti-semitic but be assured that neither is the case, I think that the SWC should pay attention to human rights of everyone, and not be solely focusing on jewish matters, were and when it involves matters that relate to jewish matters and the state of Israel!

    Just my opinion, and don’t hate me for it, I have a right to my opinion, as others have the same right! In and with all reason, respect for each other and politeness!

  • Perhaps to illustrate the negative impact we ought to use a few comedic bits with fried chicken watermelon shucking and jiving all in black face – and then perhaps our black friends will understand how we feel when they raise holy hell upon seeing this again …and we just waive it off like we didn’t know

  • So I guess Tony Parker thinks racists clinging to the KKK and lynching’s is funny also.

  • So now vicious French anti-Semitism has been exported to US professional sports, via Tony Parker who seemed so cultured – you never know. A wake up call. If there is no immediate repudiation, we need to raise our voices.

  • I guess assimilation including Zionism wont stop anti-Semitism. Maybe we should just be ourselves

  • ces zigs (ne méritent pas l’appellation “hommes ” sont braves en paroles ; pourquoi ne vont ils pas en Syrie joindre Hazbollah ou a Gaza joindre Hamas et combattre les Juifs les armes a la main ? une bombe dans un autobus peut être ..

  • Typical behavior. Sometimes they’re just as rotten as arabs.

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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