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January 21, 2014 No.
5610

Article On Iran's Press TV: Dieudonné's 'Quenelle' Is Like 'Someone Brushing Lint Off Their Sleeve'; Should 'The Zionists Of Europe... Be Considered "Lint" To Be Brushed Away?'

In a January 2, 2014 article titled "Quenelle: Courage Or Reverse Nazi Salute?" on the gesture invented and promoted by the French antisemitic comedian Dieudonné Mbala Mbala,[1] – a combination of the French bras d'honneur "up yours" gesture and an inverted Nazi salute – the Iranian regime Press TV outlet wrote that the gesture actually looks like "someone brushing lint off their sleeve." This comparison hints at the "brush your shoulder" gesture in American rapper Jay-Z's 2003 song "Dirt Off Your Shoulder." [2]


Jay-Z "brushing his shoulder off"

The quenelle was first reported seen in a non-antisemitic show by Dieudonné titled "1905," emulating the move of a dolphin fin.[3] In 2009, Dieudonné linked the gesture to "anti-Zionism" when he headed the list of the French "Anti-Zionist" party in elections for the European Parliament, and, at a press conference, declared that "​​dragging a little quenelle to the bottom of the ass of Zionism" was a project dear to his heart.[4] His campaign poster shows him making the gesture:


For a Europe free of censorship, sectarianism, speculators and NATO – The Anti-Zionist List"

The Press TV article calls the quenelle a "badge of honor" and states that it is "international, inclusive, non-sectarian, steeped in not just humor but a dedication to social justice that turns away from violence." It adds, "The Zionist war against 'the Quenelle' is a war against tolerance, not against hate. Zionism is the definition of hate."

The article asks whether Zionists should "be considered 'lint' to be brushed away." It adds that without Zionism, "there would be no Syrian war... no 'war on terror,' no Suez crisis, no Chechnian bombings in Russia. We can go further; there would be no Tea Party of warmongers and extremists in the US without the Zionist money behind them, no flood of narcotics into the world’s schools and kindergartens and, most of all, no world economic and monetary crises."

Also comparing Dieudonné's quenelle and Jay-Z's shoulder brush was French soccer star Nicolas Anelka, following his quenelle after scoring in a December 28, 2013 match.[5] Anelka, who plays for the U.K. team West Brom, defended his use of the gesture via his Twitter account (@anelkaofficiel). He said that he had done it "as a special dedication" to his "comedian friend Dieudonné" and not out of antisemitism. To prove his point, he tweeted a September 2012 photo of President Obama brushing his shoulder along with Jay-Z and Beyoncé (Obama also used the gesture during his 2008 election campaign). [6]


The following are excerpts from the Press TV article:

Should "The Zionists Of Europe... Be Considered 'Lint' To Be Brushed Away?"

"There is a strange gesture sweeping Europe called the 'Quenelle.' Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, the vastly popular French comedian and activist for social justice, is credited with created it. What is it?

"Haaretz calls it a 'reverse Nazi salute.' When I see it, it is someone brushing lint off their sleeve.

"Are the Zionists of Europe, the extremist political group that masses are rising against to be considered 'lint' to be brushed away? Perhaps that is the message that the decades of hatred spewed at Germans, the robotic indoctrination of Europeans in questionable history, self-hatred and slavish obedience to a “bankster” elite is the real heart of Zionism.

"This is the real message of the Quenelle, a stand against apartheid in an Israel that legally was never intended to be a Jewish state but rather a 'homeland' for Jews persecuted during the war.

"Never mistake one for the other."

"Jews Are The Fodder Of 'Hatred Mythology,' An Industry Of Manufactured Mythology That Is At The Root Of Over 60 Years Of Conflicts And Deaths That Now Number Into The Millions"

"Badge of Honor

"The Quenelle is the antithesis of Zionism. It is international, inclusive, non-sectarian, steeped in not just humor but a dedication to social justice that turns away from violence. "You see, Jews are victimized. Few non-Jews understand and fewer Jews each day 'get it.' Jews are the fodder of 'hatred mythology,' an industry of manufactured mythology that is at the root of over 60 years of conflicts and deaths that now number into the millions.

"Whatever is said, there would be no Syrian war without Zionism, no 'war on terror,' no Suez crisis, no Chechnian bombings in Russia. We can go further; there would be no Tea Party of warmongers and extremists in the US without the Zionist money behind them, no flood of narcotics into the world’s schools and kindergartens and, most of all, no world economic and monetary crises.

"Is this an overstatement, an oversimplification? If only that were true.

"The Quenelle, labeled an 'anti-Semitic' gesture by those it is intended to expose, is a real success. First of all, why in the world are Zionist still using the term 'Semitic?' A highly respected study done at Johns Hopkins by a group led by Israeli scientist Dr. Eran El Haik conclusively proved that Israeli Jews are genetically European.

"97.5% have absolutely no Middle Eastern DNA of any kind, not Semitic certainly. Does this mean there can be no Jewish homeland? Actually no. Does it mean that 'settlers' can move simply displace very real Semitic residents, for Palestinians are a totally 'Semitic' race, and steal their homes?..."

"TERRORISM AS NATIONAL POLICY

"Never published, never spoken of publicly, the intelligence organizations of the world are all aware that most terrorist acts are staged as theatrical events to forward the economic aims of powerful quasi-national organizations. "The largest terror organization in the world is Israeli. Calling it the 'Mossad' is an oversimplification. In actuality, it encompasses factions of the intelligence organizations of dozens of nations, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain, India and, especially, the United States.

"The Mossad only manages these factions. "These groups, in turn, back revolutions, rig elections, set off car bombs, hire “lone gunman” and “suicide bombers” and train terror groups in three dozen nations. "Last week, Africa suffered a 'jolt' from this very real conspiracy. Few saw it, few recognized the pattern, but it was there.

"Are the 'Jews' doing this? The real answer is no. Jews are people like everyone else. Making them seem otherwise, making them hated or feared is the work of the Zionists.

"Reporting the history of this well recognized and highly documented fact can be fatal."

"The Millions Of American Servicemen" Who "Claim To Have Visited The Gas Chambers Of Dachau" Suffered From 'American Legionitis' – A Disease Caught From Too Much Time On A Bar Stool"

"Denying the Holocaust?

"Like any good parent, I took my own children to Dachau, twice actually. I took rolls and rolls of film, this was the pre-digital days. We walked the quarter mile, back to the crematorium and gas chambers.

"Even the kids noticed something was wrong so many years ago. I didn’t say anything. Later, it was admitted that Dachau was never a “death camp” and the millions of children, busload after busload, decade after decade, had all been lied to.

"This also means that the millions of American servicemen that claim to have visited the gas chambers of Dachau were suffering from 'American Legionitis,' a disease caught from too much time on a bar stool.

"I have also been to Auschwitz, something few can really state. This is hours of driving from Berlin, involving renting an apartment in Krakow and driving south. Auschwitz has to be seen in winter, when days are short.

"It is a dismal place. There is a story there, IG Farben, Standard Oil, the Bush family, synthetic rubber plants, a huge industrial area, work camps, a real truth that is only told in pieces.

"You can smell the suffering and death. What you can also smell is something else wrong. You see, Auschwitz, at one time credited with the gassing of millions of Jews is, officially, no longer considered a 'death camp.'

"Was massive wrong done there? Anyone who doubts that is insane. Is history, as it is taught in Europe, virtually at gunpoint, wrong?

"If truth is justice, then why is truth a crime? The answer is simple, the truth would expose something monstrous, well beyond questions of the Holocaust.

"If the 'game theory warriors' are right, we are fed historical absurdities to confound and blind us." "The Zionist War Against 'The Quenelle' Is A War Against Tolerance"

"A Simple Truth

"The Zionist war against “the Quenelle” is a war against tolerance, not against hate. Zionism is the definition of hate. Zionism is little more than one head of the hydra. Jewish victimization mythology is no more than a tool.

"If the “game theory warriors” are right, the persecution of the Palestinian people is little more than a game, part of a complex equation, “chaos theory,” intended to create a fertile environment for human subjugation.

"Bedfellows

"Oddly, I probably receive more 'anti-Semitic' attacks than most, though I am a primary voice against Zionism and Likudist 'hokeyism.'

"There is one nasty truth Jews need to accept. They are being played for fools. The Quenelle is a way of demonstrating this."

"It Is The Job Of Zionism To Make Certain Every Jewish Child Spends Every Waking Moment In Terror Of Being Turned Into Soap Or A Lampshade"

"Any fool can see this.

"It is the job of Zionism to make certain every Jewish child spends every waking moment in terror of being turned into soap or a lampshade,[7] though such things were debunked long ago.

"Who would want to victimize a child like this? The answer is simple, monsters.

"Why would they want to do this? That answer is simple also. They do it for money and power."

Endnotes:

[1] See MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 1055, French Comedian Dieudonné Promotes New Humor-Based Antisemitic Subculture, January 16, 2014; for more on Dieudonné,, see MEMRI Special Announcement No. 277, From The MEMRI Archives: Reports On French Muslim Antisemitic Comedian Dieudonne, January 3, 2014.

[2] Youtube.com/watch?v=Oz_-VaTHpc8

[3] Youtube.com/watch?v=l_TxMjhgHr0.

[4] Le Monde (France), September 5, 2009.

[5] France24.com, December 29, 2013.

[6] Atlantablackstar.com, September 23, 2013.

[7] Soap and lampshades are motifs used by Dieudonné in his Iran-financed film "The Antisemite." See MEMRI TV Clip No. 3319, Iranian-French Co-Production by French Comedian Dieudonné Presents Spoof on Auschwitz Gas Chambers, February 16, 2012.