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Anti-Semitic Comedian Dieudonne Mocks Murder of French Jew

Controversial French comedian set to launch new show - featuring holocaust denial and jokes about murdered Jewish man Ilan Halimi.
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 7/7/2014, 5:27 PM

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Anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has made headlines again in France, this time for comments mocking the brutal murder of French Jew Ilan Halimi.

Dieudonne - who notoriously invented the inverted Nazi salute known as the "quenelle", which has since been adopted by a diverse range of anti-Semites and extremists worldwide - made the comments at the debut of a new show in which he also trivializes the holocaust.

The show is titled "The Impure Beast", and according to France TV it features the kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric that has become Dieudonne's trademark.

A journalist who attended a preview of the show told the channel that during the performance Dieudonne said: "If I knock down a Jewish journalist, it will be a serious thing! They will reopen the Nuremberg trials! They will even exhume Ilan Halimi. They’re going to find my DNA in his asshole."

Ilan Halimi was kidnapped in 2006 by a Muslim gang and was tortured to death over a series of weeks. His killers told police they had targeted him specifically because he was Jewish, and after failing to extort money from his family, who could not afford the ransom, they murdered him.

His murder is viewed by French Jews as a symbol of the alarming and escalating levels of anti-Semitism in France - a wave of hate many say Dieudonne directly and consciously contributes towards.

A previous tour by the comedian was banned by French authorities, and he has several convictions for hate speech.