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Sunday, 29 December 2013

West Bromwich Albion Player Gives Antisemitic "Quenelle" Salute

Anelka behaving badly
Racist chants, taunts, and gestures by white football fans aimed at black players are, rightly, condemned by all decent people.  Still occasionally seen at football matches in Britain, such chants, taunts, and gestures are nowadays more widespread in the stands at matches on the Continent, especially in certain Central and Eastern European lands.

Yesterday a new racist gesture infected a football match in Britain.  It was not given by a white neo-Nazi or half-drunk scumbag making "monkey" noises at black players.

It was, instead, made by a French player, Nicolas Anelka, who like Dieudonné, the notorious French antisemite who invented it, happens to be black. He apparently made it as a triumphalist gesture after scoring a goal for the English team for which he currently plays, West Bromwich Albion, against West Ham.

To quote from the SkyNews report:
'Richard Ferrer, of the Jewish News, told Sky Sports News: "Prior to this blowing up this afternoon it wasn't something I was familiar with. But after doing a little bit of research, the 'quenelle' - as it is known in France - is a reverse Nazi salute. The arm is upright and saluted in the infamous Nazi gesture. But this, as you saw, is arm down, with the other arm touching the shoulder.
"This is either a lack of awareness on Anelka's part, or something more sinister...he must be aware of the 'quenelle's meaning and the baggage it carries. Surely he was making a statement? It's a major concern for the Football Association."
European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said: "This salute is merely a lesser known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched arm salute."....'
Anelka, meanwhile, has tweeted:
"This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné."
(Apparently Dieudonné himself has claimed that the quenelle is merely "an anti-establishment gesture.")

Whatever Anelka's motive for making it, and despite Dieudonné's claim, the "quenelle" salute (as we saw here) is an acknowledged antisemitic gesture, and as such has no place in the sporting arena, or any other public venue.  The French Minister for Sports has already denounced what Anelka did.  The West Bromwich Albion coach has taken a more phlegmatic view.  The Football Association has launched an investigation. Read and see more of Anelka's salute and reaction to it here and  here

And this story suddenly got most interesting indeed! (hat tip: reader Ian) See here!


  1. I know what gesture I'd like to make to him...

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    1. Ah, so!!!

  3. The 'defence' by both Anelka and the West Brom coach that he was 'only making a dedication to his comedian friend' is rather interesting. On that basis any public figure doing a Nazi salute could justify it by claiming it is only a dedication to their friend Adolf Hitler for the unjust treatment he got from the media.

    1. Thanks, Edgar - interesting take on the shabby affair.

    L'expression "glisser une quenelle", qui s'est vite démocratisée, c'est aussi faire un bras d'honneur au pouvoir d'en haut. Au "système", aux "sionistes", au "communautarisme", mais aussi et surtout à la censure médiatique. On l'a notamment vu sur l'affiche de la campagne de l’humoriste, lorsque ce dernier s'était présenté en tête de liste en Ile de France aux européennes de 2009, sous ce nom sans équivoque : "liste antisioniste" []. "Dieudo", comme le surnomment ses fans, "glisse une quenelle". L'humoriste lui-même en a fait un véritable signe de ralliement, demandant à ses admirateurs de lui envoyer ces images pour les poster sur son mur Facebook et son blog ou invitant la foule à faire ce geste à la fin de ses spectacles.
    it's an incomplete Nazi salute in the sense symbolized that the Zionist establishment and other repressive elements have prevented its completion.

  5. Anelka is a revert to Islam.

    1. See Edgar Davidson's post, link in a comment above.

  6. We need a salute to celebrate the Arabs. A salute that mimics copulating with farm animals.

  7. Daphne, thanks for everything you do for is Israel. I wish more people would have read your blog and acquire some common, unbiased sense.
    It's ironic that Anelka, being a french black, uses anazi gesture. Sometimes ignorance is a virtue...

    1. Thanks so much, Asi. My thoughts are, and have always been, with Israel.