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        12/31/2013, Tevet 28, 5774

      ADL Welcomes Apology from Tony Parker over 'Quenelle'


      The Anti-Defamation League welcomed, Monday, an apology from National Basketball Association player Tony Parker after the San Antonio Spurs guard was shown in photos using the “quenelle” Nazi-like gesture “linked to its anti-Semitic creator, the French entertainer Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.” Parker, who assured that he will “never repeat the gesture,” expressed hope that the incident would “serve to educate others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt.”

      ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said, in a statement, "Our hope is that Tony Parker’s experience and his heartfelt regret will alert others to the harm caused by this abhorrent salute which Dieudonne invented to express his deeply held anti-Jewish sentiments.  We recognize that its use is not always anti-Semitic, however our concern is that French athletes and entertainers have now made the quenelle into a faddish element, which has the potential to be mimicked by other young fans and athletes around the world." Calling on those who have used the gesture to stop doing so, Foxman added, "Responsible public figures should condemn those who use a gesture which was created to express anti-Semitism.