Anti-Semitism Alive and Well in French Comedian's New Show

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala's previous tour was banned from performance over its anti-Semitic content.

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French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala speaks to the media during a press conference in a theater in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
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Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has launched a new show that mocks the Holocaust and Jewish murder victims.

His previous comedy tour was banned in France for being anti-Semitic.

Dieudonne, who has multiple convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, is planning to launch his new show, titled “The Impure Beast,” in the coming weeks, according to a report earlier this week by the France TV Info channel and the Le Point weekly magazine.

The show contains profanities about Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jewish phone salesman who was tortured and murdered in 2006 by a gang of kidnappers who targeted him because he was Jewish.

“If I knock down a Jewish journalist, it will be serious thing,” journalists who saw sneak previews of the new show quoted Dieudonne as saying on stage. “They will reopen the Nuremberg trials. They will even exhume Ilan Halimi. They’re going to find my DNA in his asshole.”

For many French Jews, Ilan Halimi remains a symbol of the violent anti-Semitism that surged in France after the second Palestinian intifada.

In January, Dieudonne had to cancel the tour of his previous show after several mayors, acting at the request of France’s then interior minister, Manuel Valls, issued bans declaring the event an unlawful gathering that threatens public order.

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