No news item or news event has disturbed me so much in a very long time.
Glad to hear it, you swine!
I have spent several hours researching and investigating a new symbol of blatant and despicable anti-Semitism. It is called a “quenelle.” A quenelle is a French pastry. But this is neither sweet nor tasteful. This quenelle is a reverse Nazi salute.
The rise of the quenelle has been seen primarily in France, its place of origin. So far it has been perpetrated almost exclusively by the French — even when they leave France. It is all over the internet and Facebook. People take pictures of themselves doing the quenelle in popular and very inappropriate locales — individually and en masse.
It is illegal in France to use Nazi symbols or to inspire anti-Semitism. Changing the Nazi salute and inverting it by placing one hand downward while the other arm crosses the body is a way around the law.
Below is a three-minute YouTube video on the subject, and here is a YNET article showing pictures of neo-Nazis doing the quenelle salute in front of synagogues, at Holocaust memorials and outside the notorious, massive death camp Auschwitz/Birkenau. Perpetrators of this vicious act are even seen at the Western Wall and posing with smiling Israeli soldiers oblivious to the travesty in which they have become innocent participants.
Once you understand what is happening, you will find this fast-growing trend as frightening as I do.
The French are taking this seriously. French leadership is talking about ways to control the quenelle movement. President François Hollande has pledged to confront the quenelle. During a visit to Saudi Arabia, Hollande was quoted as telling journalists, “We must approve and support the government and the interior minister in the face of words or actions whose anti-Semitic character cannot be denied.”
And French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that they will fight against those who hide behind humor but who are actually professional anti-Semites.
France is considering banning all of Dieudonne’s performances. Under French law it is illegal to disseminate hatred. The salute began in 2009, when Dieudonne was running for the European Parliament as head of the anti-Zionist party. The quenelle became his symbol. It is hard to imagine that the quenelle can be seen in any way other than hateful.
In the meantime, the movement is growing, and the anti-Semitic message of the quenelle is reaching new shores and attracting new audiences.
that makes me wanna dance!