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        1/5/2014, Shevat 4, 5774

      Mayor of Paris: Ban Anti-Semitic Comic

      Mayor Bertrand Delanoe of Paris joined France's interior minister, Sunday, in calling for comedian Dieudonne, whose vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews has caused outrage, to be banned from the stage. Speaking on Europe 1 radio, Mayor Delanoe likened Dieudonne to a criminal who "defends crimes against humanity."

      Dieudonne has been fined several times for defamation, using insulting language, hate speech and racial discrimination, and a provocative arm gesture he makes, known as the "quenelle", has been described as an upside down Nazi salute. SOS Racisme, an organization which fights racism and anti-Semitism, announced, Sunday, that it would take anyone to court who spread pictures of or did the "quenelle" in locations such as synagogues or Holocaust memorials "that leave no doubt" as to the anti-Semitic nature of the gesture.

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