Asian Immigrant’s Disgust at European Anti-Semitism

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The case of French footballer Nicolas Anelka, his “celebratory” quenelle gesture and his subsequent curious defense has once again raised allegations and concerns over the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe.

The quenelle gesture which has been described by some as an inverted Nazi-style salute, has been popularized by the French comedian Dieudonné. Monsieur Dieudonné and his fans defend quenelle as an “anti-establishment” gesture and maintain that it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

The fact that Monsieur Dieudonné has been convicted seven times for his anti-Semitic utterances and may well be on the way to his eighth trial, this time for implying that a Jewish journalist belongs in a gas chamber, hasn’t deterred his supporters from keeping on making that claim.

Monsieur Dieudonné who considers himself as a performance artist does not draw his fan-base from the French Far-Right, but from the mainstream of French society, mainly educated, urban youth.

In the age of Social Media the quenelle gesture has gone viral throughout Europe with people sharing their photographs of joyfully giving quenelle salutes and occasionally with very disturbing backdrops, like the Auschwitz death camp, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam or the Jewish school in Toulouse where a massacre took place in 2012.

The French Striker Nicolas Anelka has been quick to plead ignorance to the wider implications of his highly public gesture, so did NBA Star Tony Parker before him and other major or minor celebrities like him in the past.

The incident wIll hardly affect Mr. Anelka’s football career and most probably he will be let off with a proverbial slap on the wrist. Considering the nature of Social Media this infamous gesture too may fade away as just another seasonal fad.

However, a question would still remain unanswered. Can one assume that anti-Semitism (or the term M. Dieudonné and his friends hide behind – “anti-Zionism”) is once again socially acceptable in Europe?

Is there a ready and receptive audience? Or better yet, does it pay to play with anti-Semitic symbolism in Europe today?

Going by Monsieur Dieudonné’s example, it most certainly does. His wife has capitalized on the market potential and registered quenelle as a trademark and he has now rolled out his own range of Quenelle-merchandise.

What Monsieur Dieudonné is doing, is by no mean new to Europe. He is playing with the age old clichés, conspiracy theories and selling a repackaged brand of anti-Semitism.

What we have not seen in recent times is the level of acceptance for such ideas. His fans would not consider themselves as being anti-Semitic or even Far-Right for that matter.

They are often well educated and otherwise liberal. But in these times of economic stagnation they are discontented. Despite their college degrees they are not getting what they think they are entitled to.

It would be preposterous for them to even to think that it could to some extent be their fault. Well, then it certainly has to be a racket. If they are not getting what they think they deserve, then someone must have rigged the tables. “Performance artists” like Dieudonné are more than willing to fill such “intellectual gaps” with their conspiracy theories.

These are not a band of seduced, misguided or misled youth. You have to be really mean-spirited to perform or defend the act of raising an unmistakably anti-Semitic gesture in the Anne Frank House or the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, and still have the audacity to point fingers at others for their transgressions.

Despite being a recent immigrant to Europe, I have lived here long enough to know that people I am referring to have no idea of their own history, have no idea of the complexities of international politics, and, most surprisingly, have never even met a single Jew in their life.

Whenever I have directly confronted and disapproved of such acts and utterances, I have repeatedly been asked a question (and often by righteously indignant perpetrators themselves); why does “their” anti-Semitism bother “me”?

It does bother me. As an immigrant who has made a conscious choice of calling Europe my home, it bothers me even more than it should bother them.

Immigrants like me have come to the West in search of a haven, where they can pursue their dreams without fear and realize our potential without restrictions.

Anti-Semitism stands at the very core of the idea and the ideology that threaten the values that have made Europe and the West great. We do not need to dig deep into European history to know that whenever anti-Semitism rears its head, Europe has been plunged into darkness and destruction.

It is therefore imperative for us all in Europe to realize that resurging anti-Semitism is not merely a problem or matter of concern to the Jewish communities, but to the rest of freedom loving Europeans as well.

Vijeta Uniyal is an Indian entrepreneur based in Germany. He is founder of “Indian Friends of Israel”, an initiative of Indian Diaspora in Europe to promote friendship between India and Israel. The article reflects the personal view of the author. He tweets @iUniyal.

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  • poetcomic1

    There was an SS officer’s wife who went with him to the East where he ran a Jewish ghetto. She carried a cute little silver revolver. She would hold out pieces of candy to starving little Jewish children and when they toddled to her, mouths open, she would shoot them in the mouth. However, I see no record of her making any antisemitic gestures or statements so lets not be hasty.

    • Silver Garcia

      German Frauleines were every bit as evil as were the men. Several of them especially enjoyed killing for sport. Erna Petri, Irma Grese, Johanne Altvater, LIsolotte Meirer , etc.. Petri was a guard at Aushcwitz wearing the German females version of Lederhosen. Germans were very nasty to the natives of Asia and Africa in their territories they lost after WW1. Possibly the most evil group of all the world’s females were German, born between 1910 – 1923.

    • kurtsteinbach

      Have you ever heard of Ilse Koch, the Bitch of Buchenwald? She often pretended to be sweet and nice, too.

  • IanFlowers

    Thank you, Vijeta, for your compassionate, heart breaking, courageous, and much needed piece. I hope it is continually distributed throughout Europe and the USA. I promise to circulate it as widely as possible. Thank you!

    • Vijeta Un

      Thanks Ian for your kind words!

    • Bklyn Farmer

      Could not expressed my gratitude any better, Ditto.

  • Guest

    Thank you readers for the kind and gracious words, the tweets & Facebook likes! Compared to the unfriendly comments I am getting in Europe for writing this, I am pleasantly surprised.

    • Atikva

      Contrary to what most Europeans believe, civilization (I mean the judeo-christian civilization) in America is not an empty word, not by a long shot. In Europe, and particularly in France, it has collapsed, and this type of outrage is only the tip of the iceberg.

      You seem like a nice and courageous man, Mr. Uniyal, think of getting out of Europe while you still can.

      • Debbie G

        We could invite Mr. Uniyal to come to America but, sadly, I’m not sure we’d be doing him any favors!

        • Vijeta Un

          Thanks Debbie, We need to keep up the good fight
          on both sides of the Atlantic.

        • Atikva

          As the French say “Entre deux maux, il faut choisir le moindre” (one should opt for the lesser of two evils). I would be glad to try and help him if he so wished.

  • IanFlowers

    What Vijeta is doing in Europe is fighting the same war against demonic evil that we most continue to fight in the USA if this country is to survive.

    In my case I ran into the most vicious insane Jew hatred of my life when I moved back to the San Francisco area in the late nineties. Although this nazi-esque excrement was wrapped in fancy toilet paper so it could be called “anti-zionism”, the genocidal rage against Israel and the Jewish people extended through all aspects of the local culture. Along with that the Jew haters from Arab Muslim countries and their American born offspring found a “tolerant” welcome for their constant threats and rants under the rubric of Political Correctness, the prevailing mind control system.

    From the mainstream SF Chronicle newspaper to the alternative Bay Guardian and on and on through the well-funded art world, I found myself clashing repeatedly with all sorts of putative “artists” and leftist “intellectuals” who sipped the islamofascist death nectar and believed every word. It drove me crazy and made me quite depressed but I never backed down. Not once.

    The good news is that the culture has changed to a significant degree and those voices no longer have the power in the SF Bay area they once had. I must note, as well, that the organized Jewish community in the Bay area (all led by super well-funded Jewish “professionals”) rarely, if ever, opened their mouth to defend the local Jewish community. Not surprising, right? So, considering the immense Jewish graveyard (“Eurabia”) in which Vijeta lives and struggles for justice, his efforts must be regarded as even more noble than they appear.

  • Niggerhater

    This “Gift of God” should be sold as slave.

    • IanFlowers

      Take your psychotic filth elsewhere.

  • Vijeta Un

    Thank you dear friends for your kind and gracious words, the tweets & Facebook likes!

  • The Facts

    It is amusing that the Jewish Lobby cannot tolerate a comedian like Dieudonné, a man who is clearly quite popular and quite funny, and taking the seriousness out of the silence surrounding the problem of pro-Israeli bribery and censorship in France. A dispassionate spectator would point out that the Jews already have a nation in Israel and should not be so indignant about having to share France with Arabs, Africans, and even Frenchmen.

    • Atikva

      YOUR facts are wrong and you obviously have no idea of the situation in France. Too bad you missed a perfectly good opportunity to shut your trap.

    • IanFlowers

      Your hateful ignorance is sadly familiar, yet still appalling.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    A decent man.

  • PG

    I met a couple of young, goodlooking Frenchmen the other night at a nightclub. They didn’t know the words of the Marseillaise. They defended the quenelle and Dieudonne along with it: it was just an anticapitalist sign, they said.
    I looked at them in horror. This is the new French, is it? Happy to be lackeys of Muslim creeps who despise their culture and spew Jew-hatred?
    Someone commented recently that France is now an Arab country. Maybe it is so. All that “anti-racism” has led to the natives being told how and what to think by their immigrant population? Is this happening to the entire Western world?

    • Atikva

      Bingo to all your questions.

    • Mathias de Ronseray

      We French people are actually growing increasingly tired of being told what to think by anti-racist organizations (that tell us anti-white racism doesn’t exist, and thereby increase racial tensions by creating double standards) like the MRAP or SOS Racisme, and by elite governments in their ivory towers. I despise Dieudonné because he asserts his right to freedom of speech and the rushes to Iran where he can freely talk… about his hatred of the Jews, Iran being the incarnation of Free-speech democracy, it is well known. A pity you met a couple of ignorant Frenchmen (though why you had to precise they were good looking intrigues me. Should their looks have influenced on the height of their thoughts?), but we are not all like that. I know La Marseillaise, I’m a Catholic who knows his religion (since Vatican II Catholicism has opened to other faiths) and I know we must fight for France to remain a Christian based country (not because we want people to forcefully become devout Catholics too, but because it is Catholicism which led France to become a democracy, and “laicité” – the freedom of faith or non-faith and peaceful coexistence is rooted in Christianism (“rendez à César ce qui est à César, à Dieu ce qui est à Dieu), not in Islam (where all aspects of life MUST be controlled by religion -sharia). The idea that France has become a vassal to Arabo-Muslim countries through its uncontrolled immigration, “Francarabia” is well known amongst the extreme-right. It is an exaggeration, but it does reveal a legitimate fear : the Spanish, Italian and Polish assimilated to French culture. They were Catholic. The “new immigrants” are widely muslim. Hence the problem.