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Pro-Dieudonné Counterpunch gets Immediate Response.

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Has soft-Soft-Spot for Holocaust Deniers. 

The left-wing site’ have published this unwelcome contribution to the “Dieudonné debate”.

It is written by a certain Dianna Johnson.

French mainstream media and politicians are starting off the New Year with a shared resolution for 2014: permanently muzzle a Franco-African comedian who is getting to be too popular among young people.

To invent a pretext for destroying Dieudonné, the leading Jewish organizations CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, the French AIPAC) and LICRA (Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme, which enjoys special privileges under French law) have come up with a fantasy to brand Dieudonné and his followers as “Nazis”.  The quenelle is all too obviously a vulgar gesture roughly meaning “up yours”, with one hand placed at the top of the other arm pointing down to signify “how far up” this is to be. *

Like the best humorists, Dieudonné always targeted current events, with a warmth and dignity unusual in the profession.

She ends with this,

Yet in this escalation, the relationship of forces is very uneven.  A humorist has words as his weapons, and fans who may disperse when the going gets rough.  On the other side is the dominant ideology, and the power of the State.

In this sort of clash, civic peace depends on the wisdom of those with most power to show restraint.  If they fail to do so, this can be a game with no winners.

In other worse, shut up you carpers and Jews.

Fortunately an immediate response is available by a true comrade,

Come on, Counterpunch, tell the facts Dieudonné is antisemitic.


In the webmagazine Counterpunch published on January the 1st 2014 an article by Diana Johnstone about the « Dieudonné affair » in France, entitled « The Bête Noire of the French establishment ». This contribution being an answer to Johnstone’s, you should probably read hers first :

Counterpunch is a website that is proud to « tell the facts and name the names ». In fact, when we talk about Diana Johnstone’s piece, I have to admit that I have rarely read a paper which so obviously ignores the facts and hides the names the reader would need to know in order to understand the situation. I will try to tell the facts and the names, then. Of course, what I can’t tell you about Diana Johnstone is whether or not she is profoundly ignorant of what she’s writing about – if so, why write an article, then ???? -, or whether she knows the facts and names and just wants to hide them for a certain purpose. Nonetheless, the fact the she’s writing from Paris gives me a clue, and my guess would be that she’s lying by omission more than anything else.

Recently, Dieudonné made a comment about a jewish journalist who had criticised his new show, and the comment was the following :

When I hear about Patrick Cohen, I think… the gas chambers, you know… too bad.”.
Very funny, isn’t it ? What do you think, Diana Johnstone ?

Quand je pense à ça…

Let us be clear Dieudonné is a a far-rightist.

These are his politics,

.On Saturday 21 March 2009, Dieudonné announced that he would run for the 2009 European Parliament election in the Île-de-France at the head of an “anti-communitarist and anti-Zionist” party. Other candidates on his party’s electoral list are Alain Soral and the Holocaust denier and former member of Les Verts Ginette Skandrani (also known as Ginette Hess),[46] while Thierry Meyssan and Afrocentrist Kémi Seba, founder of the “Tribu Ka” are members of the party[47] but do not run. The campaign would be conducted again by Marc George.[48] In spite of the association of Dieudonné’s party with the Shiite Centre Zahra,[49] whose president Yahia Gouasmi also runs on his list,[50] his candidacy was supported by Fernand Le Rachinel, a former high ranking executive of the Front National and official printer of the party.[51] In early May 2009, the French government studied the possibility of banning the party,[52][53] but on 24 May, Justice minister Rachida Dati acknowledged that, in spite of moral objections, there was no legal ground to do so.[54] On 28 May, it became known that Carlos “the Jackal” also expressed his hope Dieudonné would make it to Strasbourg.[55] The Parti antisioniste finally scored 1.30% of the votes.[56]

These are his “convictions”,

  • On 14 June 2006, Dieudonné was sentenced to a penalty of 4,500 Euro for defamation after having called a prominent Jewish television presenter a “secret donor of the child-murdering Israeli army”.[70]
  • On 15 November 2007, an appellate court sentenced him to a 5,000 Euro fine because he had characterized “the Jews” as “slave traders” after being attacked in his theater le Théâtre de la Main d’Or.[71]
  • On 26 June 2008, he was sentenced in the highest judicial instance to a 7,000 Euro fine for his characterization of Holocaust commemorations as “memorial pornography”.[28]
  • On 27 February 2009, he was fined 75,000 Canadian dollars in Montreal for defamatory statements against the singer and actor Patrick Bruel after he called him a “liar” and an “Israeli soldier”.[72]
  • On 26 March 2009, Dieudonné was fined a total of 3,000 Euros for defamation after having criticised Elisabeth Schemla, a Jewish journalist who ran the now defunct Proche-Orient.Info website. He declared on 31 May 2005 that the website wanted to “eradicate Dieudonné from the audiovisual landscape” and had said of him that “he’s an anti-Semite, he’s the son of Hitler, he will exterminate everyone”.[73]
  • On 27 October 2009, he was sentenced to a fine of 10,000 Euros for “public insult of people of Jewish faith or origin” related to his show with Robert Faurisson.[74]
  • On 8 June 2010, he was sentenced to a fine of €10,000 for defamation towards the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, which he had called “a mafia-like association that organizes censorship”.[75]
  • On 10 October 2012, he was fined €887,135 for tax evasion. According to the French revenue service, Dieudonné failed to pay part of his taxes from 1997 to 2009

Those who continue to publish in Counterpunch, which has previously given vent to the views of Holocaust Denier, Israel Shamir, should be aware of this kind of outfit they are associating  with.

Vermin is perhaps too kind of a word.

* Note it also  means to sodomise somebody, which no doubt Counterpunsh endorses.


Written by Andrew Coates

January 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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  1. I assume this is the pro Serb apologist.

    Jim Monaghan

    January 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  2. Jim Monaghan

    January 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  3. The only thing about all this is that these people are actually coming out and saying in public what they have done soto voce for years. Even given the fact that France has had a long history of intellectual anti semitism these new alliances are disturbing. I see on a blog post that you referred to below you identified this trend on the British left some ten years ago Andrew when Livingstone supported Al Karadawi which, as far as I know, he still does.Fortunately our home grown Jew haters are in a state of disarray or this would be going on here. Who is this Lois Proyect, he seems like a real prat?


    January 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  4. It is indeed.

    She also has a certain faiblesse for Le Pen.


    Just the sort of person who should be rubbing shoulders with Robin Balckburn


    and Tariq Ali:


    Andrew Coates

    January 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  5. He is apparently something on the American Left.

    Andrew Coates

    January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  6. Reblogged this on oogenhand.


    January 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  7. I think Tariq Ali wrote a book back in the early seventies called ” The Coming British Revolution” or something similar. Got that wrong didn’t he?


    January 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  8. Yes he did write a book with that title. If people can find it ” Warrant For Genocide” by Norman Cohn who also wrote ” In pursuit of the Millennium” is a good history of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion and the irrational obsession with Jews that never seems to die.


    January 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  9. Ferme laaaaa lol … This is a famous Dieudonne quote means Shut the fuck !!! Take out the quenelle out of your jew ass ..youve forgot a lot too …ptite merde quenelle dans ton cul …


    January 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

  10. MC I got the references immediately.

    Comme un étron dans le cul.

    Personally I thought initially it was simply “un bras d’honneur’.

    Which when I think about it….

    Andrew Coates

    January 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

  11. Slightly (but not entirely) off-topic; this appeared in today’s Morning Star:


    Jim Denham

    January 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  12. That’s Communism Jim. They have to look back and even then they rewrite what happened.


    January 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  13. Modern-day Stalinism has taken the ‘multi-polar world’ thesis to heart. Only a strong Russia and China can limit the ravenges of American Imperilism. It’s not Communism: the logic of their position is that bourgois revolutions should be encouraged, and nationalist movements, making sure that they do not conflict with the interests of Russian or Chinese capital or maight. Not s different from old-fashioned Stalinism after all.

    On this ‘quenelle’ business, or ‘stuff it up your arse’, I was surprised to learn from wikipedia that Mde Dieudonne has patented the gesture as a trade mark. Will all the scum who use it have to pay a license fee and what method will be used to collect it? If we understand the gesture as ‘stuff it up your arse’ (or somewhat crueder terms), then it is not strictly anti-semitic, but however, if it is performed in front of Jewish heritage sites or sites with specific meaning for Jews, then it is being used to state an anti-semitic threats. Are there any evidence of it being performed in front of non-Jewish sites ie the Grand Mosque of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera etc etc. (No, didn’t think so.).

    Sue R

    January 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  14. Interesting to see how this “Dieudonné affair” is seen from outside France. Believe me, this whole thing is making so much noise here.
    I’m afraid many Dieudonné followers are either naive, or don’t want to admit a few basic facts, about their idol.
    Dieudonné himself claims not to be anti-semitic. This claim is obviously denied by some of his acquaintances. Namely Alain Soral, an “intellectual”, whose book editing company specializes in “anti-zionist” (but actually anti-semitic) litterature. This is just one example.
    Another is a video of an interview for Iranian TV. Link here, but it’s in French with no subtitles : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAMl4m7qhgU
    In this interview, among many other things showing his obsession about “zionism”, Dieudonné calls for Muslims and Christians to fight together against “zionism”. So if he’s not “against” Judaism, why precisely involve the two other big monotheist religions in such a fight ? This sounds like an invitation to an open religious war. He also invites people to embrace an “open vision of Islam” as put forth by imam Khameini, successor of ayatollah Khomeini who sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for expressing views contrary to his radical view of Islam (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/26/newsid_2542000/2542873.stm).
    Yet here in France, many complain condemn the cancellation of Dieudonné’s shows as an attack on “free speech”. Quite ironic, since Dieudonné himself praises a man who incited to commit murder on a man who had used “free speech”.
    I really think many of Dieudonné followers fool themselves about him. I’m glad to see that you provide good background information (Counterpunch tell the facts…). This is no coincidence that the Counterpunch article by Ms. Johnstone has been re-published by a site such as therebel.org, funded by openly neo-nazi John de Nugent.
    @MC Apprends à écrire… Learn to write properly. And could you elaborate ? You’re giving a poor image of French people, guys on this thread won’t believe some of us are actually civilized!


    January 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

  15. She does indeed get reproduced on that site:http://therebel.org/news/voltaire-net/the-bete-noire-of-the-french-establishment-by-diana-johnstone/

    Along with such as” ENGLISH Fatso faggot Daryl Lamont Jenkins loses $50K lawsuit; amazing color 1920s Hitler video

    Written by John de Nugent Hits: 114
    I have had my own experiences with Daryl Lamont Jenkins, the obscenely fat black homosexual communist whose followers phone hotels with death threats to terrorize them into cancelling meetings of WNs.

    Counterpunch must be proud of such fans.

    Thanks Benioth.

    France is not far away from Ipswich btw. France-Inter is very clear on the long wave radio, Le Monde is sold in a local newsagent, and there is the net… oh, and I have a deep love of many things French, including much of the French left.


    Andrew Coates

    January 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  16. The interview with Dieudonne, subtitled in English, can be found on MEMRI.

    Sue R

    January 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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