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Paris erupts in hate…

By Natasha Lehrer, January 30, 2014

Horrifying footage has emerged of anti-government demonstrators in Paris chanting “Juif, la France n’est pas pour toi” (“Jew, France is not for you”) on the eve on International Holocaust Memorial Day last Sunday.

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka contests FA's 'quenelle' charge

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka is to contest the Football Association's decision to charge him over the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The France striker used his Facebook page to state that he was "neither antisemitic or racist" and to challenge the allegations against him.

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French comedian Dieudonne questioned by police over 'assault'

By JC Reporter, January 22, 2014

The antisemitic French comedian at the centre of the row over Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture has been questioned by police in France after allegedly assaulting a bailiff.

Reports say that Dieudonne M'Bala was involved in an incident after bailiffs arrived at his home to demand payment of unpaid fines.

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Nicolas Anelka charged by FA over quenelle gesture

By Daniel Easterman, January 21, 2014

The Football Association has charged the West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka over his quenelle gesture.

In a statement issued this morning, the FA said it was alleged that Anelka "made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3[1]".

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Antisemitic comedian banned in France

By Daniel Easterman, January 10, 2014

The European Jewish Congress welcomed the decision by French authorities to ban Dieudonne’s performance calling the move a "triumph for the values of democracy".

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France chief: we can’t be seen as ‘fascist Zionists’

By Natasha Lehrer, January 10, 2014

It cannot be easy being a Jewish leader in France. Aliyah is soaring alongside unemployment, and with comedian Dieudonné’s Nazi-style quenelle salute making international headlines, there is a sense that anti-Jewish feeling is on the rise again.

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French interior minister advises ban on Dieudonné shows

By Charlotte Oliver, January 7, 2014

Bordeaux became the first French city to ban performances by the antisemitic comedian Dieudonné yesterday, following advice given by France’s interior minister to local officials.

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We must be united against Anelka

By Anthony Clavane, January 2, 2014

As the London Jewish Museum's "Four Four Jew" exhibition, and my own book, "Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here", has shown, there is a great deal to celebrate about our community’s long involvement in football.

In fact, apart from a few isolated incidents, in recent years antisemitism in the game has been a non-issue.

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No room for doubt about Anelka

January 2, 2014

It should be relatively easy for the FA to deal with Nicolas Anelka. He has knowingly, deliberately and provocatively made an antisemitic gesture during a match. Ignore the nonsense being put about that there is any ambiguity to the ‘quenelle’ — that it is ‘anti-establishment’ rather than antisemitic.

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Dieudonné: a 'cool' antisemite

By Natasha Lehrer, January 2, 2014

Dieudonné is a shapeshifter. He started his career in 1990 as one half of a double act with the Jewish comedian Elie Semoun, lampooning intolerance and bigotry of all kinds. No one was safe from their remorseless satire — scientologists, intellectuals, journalists and neo-Nazis were all fodder for their irreverent and hugely popular shows.

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