Dieudonne Convicted Again for Anti-Semitism

Controversial comic fined $24,000 for anti-Semitic comments, a day after being convicted for condoning terrorism.

Ben Ariel,

Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Reuters

For the second time in as many days, anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne was on Thursday convicted for his controversial remarks.

This time, a French court fined the comic 22,500 euros ($24,000) for anti-Semitic comments, reported AFP. If he fails to pay the entire fine for incitement to racial hatred, he faces a stretch in prison.

In one of his shows, Dieudonne rounds off one rant about radio presenter Patrick Cohen with the observation: "Gas chambers ... a shame."

The court decided that the controversial comedian was targeting Cohen because he is Jewish, the report said.

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala was also convicted for his comments about Nazis and Jews.

He said, "I can't choose between the Nazis and the Jews. I'm neutral in this whole affair. I wasn't born. What happened? Who provoked whom? I've got an idea but ..."

Dieudonne said this was purely for "comic effect" and denies anti-Semitism, according to AFP.

The conviction comes a day after the comic was handed a two-month suspended sentence for condoning terrorism after a comment suggesting he sympathized with one of the jihadists who attacked Paris.

Dieudonne was arrested on January 14 after writing "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" on Facebook, a mix of the slogan "Je suis Charlie" that became a global rallying cry against extremism and Amedy Coulibaly, one of the assailants who killed a policewoman and four Jews at the Hyper Cacher supermarket.

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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