|Un jeune fait une quenelle/crématorium|
His current tour has been banned for the good reason that he is being more than just “a little bit” critical of the Jews. His act, and his mass movement, which performs the “quenelle” – a sort of suppressed Nazi salute of his own invention – is a revival of anti-semitism, stitching together Right and Left, old-fashioned white French Jew-baiting and the newer, anti-American, anti-Western, Muslim immigrant version. It pulls off the amazing double of denying the Holocaust while suggesting that the Jews deserved their fate. Dieudonné’s “quenelliers” (as he calls them) pose for selfies beside Auschwitz and various Holocaust monuments, making their salutes.
Back here in Britain, a bit of a row has been bubbling since the West Bromwich footballer, Nicolas Anelka, who is French, did a public “quenelle” after scoring a goal against West Ham at the end of last year. He says it was merely a sign of friendship for Dieudonné. The Football Association is investigating. Will it recognise that what Anelka was offering was the racist equivalent of a Masonic handshake?"