Leader of French Jewish community indicted for insulting 'professional anti-Semite'
Roger Cukierman, probably the most prominent leader of the French Jewish community, has been indicted for calling French 'comedian
' Dieudonne M'bala M'bala a 'professional anti-Semite
' (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News
Cukierman, who heads the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities
and organizations, announced the indictment on Monday in a video that
appeared on the CRIF website.
“So I am being indicted for having stated on Europe 1
that Dieudonne is a professional anti-Semite. Isn’t that funny? For
once, Dieudonne is actually comical,” Cukierman said.
Dieudonne has 10 convictions for inciting racial
hatred against Jews, according to CRIF. He also invented the quenelle
salute – which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said was an inverted
Nazi gesture of anti-Semitic hate, and the term “shoananas,” a mashup of
the Hebrew world for the Holocaust and the French word for pineapple,
which is used
to suggest the genocide never happened without explicitly violating
France’s laws against doing so.
Earlier this year, Valls, then interior minister,
advised mayors to ban Dieudonne’s shows, leading to the show’s
cancellation and replacement with another routine which featured less
Indictments are “quasi-automatic” in France when police receive
complaints of defamation, according to the L’Express news website.
Responding to the indictment, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Vigilance, or BNVCA, extended its support for Cukierman.
“No one in France knows anti-Semitism better than
Roger Cukierman, who survived the Holocaust at the age of nine because
nuns hid him while his family was deported to Auschwitz and gassed
there,” the Drancy-based watchdog wrote in a statement Tuesday.
Labels: Dieudonne, French anti-Semitism