Under pressure from UK Jewish Lobby, Home Secretary Theresa May, has banned French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala from entering the country to support his friend footballer Nicolas Anelka, who is facing a disciplinary hearing after performing the famous “quenella” – allegedly an anti-Jewish gesture according to powerful French Jewish Lobby CRIF.
A week earlier the organized Jewry leaders sent a letter to Ms May with a warning that any public performance by Dieudonne in Britian is “likely to incite hatred of Jews”. According to UK Jewish News (February 3, 2014) – The letter also emphasized that the controversy surrounding any such visit will itself also highten communal tension, will cause much unease to the Jewish community and may even trigger some antisemitic hate crimes.”
After ban news, David Delew, leader of pro-Israel Community Security Trust (CST), the so-called “Jewish charity” along with the Jewish Leadership Council’s Simon Johnson and the ‘Board of Deputies’ Andrea Kelmanson, wrote to Theresa May: “We thank the Government for its prompt and correct decision. The exclusion order demonstrates this Government’s opposition to antisemitism and will be warmly welcomed by both British and French Jews.”
Dieudonne, who ran in the 2009 European Parliament elections began his comedy career with Jewish comedian Elie Simoun in the early 1990s and appeared in several films.
Early last month, French Jewish government of president Hollande banned Dieudonne to perform in his own motherland, France. Dieudonne is known critic of the Zionist entity and is accused of insulting Israel, Zionism and Jews. The 47-year-old Franco-African comedian, who has previously said the gesture, is anti-establishment and not anti-Jewish.
After the ban, he edited the shows, dropping much of the material deemed offensive to French organized Jewry but fans and civil liberties campaigners hit out at Hollande government for attacking free speech and censorship.
Anelka has also previously said his salute, which he described as a ”dedication” to Dieudonne, was aimed at the French establishment. The player has insisted he is not anti-Semitic or racist.
Shortly after the West Ham game, West Brom released a statement to acknowledge the celebration had caused some offence and Anelka had been asked to refrain from doing it again, with the player agreeing to abstain.
West Brom’s shirt sponsor Zoopla (co-owned by Jew Alex Chesterman) earlier announced it had decided to end their association with the club in the wake of the furor.
Diana Johnstone Ph.D, an American political writer and author based in Paris, wrote about Zionist crusade against Dieudonne which was published at Counterpunch site on January 1, 2014. It’s worth reading here to understand Jewish minority’s (0.1%) grip over French politics, economic and media.