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A profile of a French antisemite

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 December 2013, 17:19

Earlier today, footballer Nicolas Anelka celebrated his goal against West Ham by making an allegedly antisemitic gesture, similar to that promoted by French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. Indeed, a photo of Anelka and Dieudonné M’bala M’bala both doing the same gesture began appearing on the Internet.

HOPE not hate put up the story as a news item and almost immediately we came under attack for both misinterpreting the gesture and playing down Dieudonné M’bala M’bala's antisemtism and just anti-Zionism.

We have decided to re-produce a profile of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala which makes clear his extremist views and connections. We do not claim that Anelka shares these views but there can no doubting Dieudonné's obnoxious views.


Dieudonné M’bala M’bala is a notorious French antisemitic “comedian” and “anti-Zionist” political activist. Born in 1966 to Cameroonian and Breton parents, Dieudonné was originally on the left of the political spectrum, standing against Front National (FN) luminary Marie-France Stirbois in 1997. In recent years, however, he has moved towards the antisemitic fringe of French politics, a development which has seen him become increasingly marginal culturally and increasingly shrill in his antisemitism, denying the Holocaust, blaming Jews for the slave trade and more generally for the oppression of the Black and Arab peoples. Prior to descending into the antisemitic gutter, Dieudonné had enjoyed a career as one-half of a successful comedy double act with Jewish comedian Elie Semoun. Their shows were sell outs. Dieudonné also starred in movies, perhaps most notably for British audiences, in Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002).

Pursuing a solo career on stage, his one man shows have been noted for their degeneration into antisemitic vitriol, leading to intense controversy and a string of prosecutions and fines for Dieudonné. Perhaps his most infamous antisemitic provocation came in 2008 when veteran French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson (q.v.) was given a “heroism” award presented by one of Dieudonné’s assistant’s assistants dressed as a concentration camp inmate replete with yellow star. Faurrison and Dieudonné subsequently appeared together in a video mocking the Holocaust, the commemoration of which Dieudonné denounces as “memorial pornography”.

Dieudonné also allowed the theatre he owns in Paris’ eleventh arrondissement to be used by both FN activists and the now defunct Tribu Ka, an antisemitic Black Nationalist group, whose members marched through a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 2006 chanting death to the Jews. The group was subsequently banned and its leader, Stellio Capo Chichi, imprisoned. Capo Chichi acquired further notoriety during the trial of the antisemitic killers of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew who was kidnapped and tortured to death, when he sent threatening e-mails to a range of Jewish organisations. Dieudonné used the murder as material for his comedy show.

Dieudonné stood during the 2007 French presidential elections. His campaign, which involved many FN activists, faltered and failed before the poll. French Holocaust denier Serge Thion (q.v.) wrote for his website under a pseudonym.

Undeterred, during the 2009 European elections Dieudonné stood for his own “Parti antisioniste” formed with FN activist Alain Soral, which again polled poorly.

Dieudonné enjoys a close relationship with Jean Marie Le Pen (q.v.), leader of the FN who is the godfather to his third child. In January 2010 another of Dieudonné’s children was baptized by Bishop Richard Williamson (q.v.).

Recently, Dieudonné has followed the well-trodden path of a host of Western Holocaust deniers and travelled to Iran, meeting with President Mohammed Ahmadinejad. Dieudonné subsequently hailed Iran as “a place where anti-Zionists [sic] can meet and communicate and develop”. To help him on his way the Iranian government gave him a “sizable grant” to finance his “cultural struggle against Zionism”.

 Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | There are 4 comments


Comment 1 | From: Clive Marcus | Date: 29 December 2013, 10:11

These guys are the lowest of the low anti-Semitic scum. They should be kicked out of France

Comment 2 | From: MAQUENELLE | Date: 2 January 2014, 20:12

This article was writen by a misinformed person. You should disconnect this account and go learn the basic of journalism.. truth and objectivity. Nothing here is true... dismissed!

Comment 3 | From: Jake Withers | Date: 11 January 2014, 22:06

Jewish Harvard Professor Noel Ignatiev can seriously say that white people should be abolished and this is allowed, but if someone makes a joke about Jews then they are banned by a compulsive liar liberal elite establishment who think gay marriage is good for Christianity but not Islam, and group interests are good for black Africans but not white people. Complete compulsive liars, and the lot of them should be fired and replaced.

Comment 4 | From: Mark Davie | Date: 15 January 2014, 19:38

Agree with the commenter advocating expulsion of this low, pathetic example of a human being. A comedian?? I think Jake Withers doesn't really understand the meaning of humour. That Jewish professor can make all the jokes he likes about whites and Jews. He is both - and so are many of his friends. When you walk around spouting hate and death about the Jews you lose the right to make jokes about them. Its similar to the way Afro-Americans call each other "Nigga" but neither I nor Professor Ignatiev could. Interested to learn what Maquenelle feels is misinformed re this article. Fascinating to learn what he sees as truth and objectivity.

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