Dieudonne Convicted of Condoning Terrorism

Anti-Semitic comedian given a two-month suspended sentence for posting "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" after Paris attacks.

Ben Ariel,

Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Reuters

The controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was on Wednesday found guilty of condoning terrorism, the BBC reported.

He posted on Facebook "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" just days after the Paris attacks in January.

The post combined the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan with the name of Amedi Coulibaly, who carried out the attack at the Hyper Cacher supermarket.

Dieudonne was given a two-month suspended sentence by the Paris court, according to the BBC.

The comedian told the court that he condemned the attacks "without any ambiguity". He said the post was intended to illustrate how he often feels treated like a terrorist.

He had faced up to seven years in prison and a potential 106,000 fine.

Dieudonne has been the topic of controversy in the past. He is the inventor of the quenelle gesture, a reverse Nazi salute that has become extremely popular in anti-Semitic and extremist circles across the French-speaking world and worldwide.

Despite Dieudonne's insistence it is a gesture of discontent against the establishment, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called it a “gesture of hatred” and “an anti-Semitic gesture.”

He was widely accused of promoting anti-Semitism and already has a string of convictions in France for hate speech and other related offences, and saw his performances banned by French authorities due to their virulently anti-Semitic content.

Dieudonne insists he is not anti-Semitic but has a number of convictions for inciting racial hatred.




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