The Quenelle: blame Dr Strangelove and the Bomb

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quenelleby Stuart Littlewood

 

When West Bromwich Albion’s star player Anelka performed the Quenelle after scoring a goal in a match on 28 December he was immediately lashed by a frenzied storm in a Zionists’ teacup.

The Quenelle is a gesture, some claim, made famous by the French comic Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. As explained by the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26020070 it involves touching or gripping your shoulder with one hand while holding the palm of your other hand outstretched and pointing to the ground. “Some describe it as a combination of the bras d’honneur with a bent arm (which means ‘up yours’) and the Nazi salute”.

While it is considered by some to be a ‘reverse nazi salute’, Dieudonné’s fans say it’s simply a gesture of defiance, an anti-establishment symbol.

Needless to say, the usual suspects have jumped on the Quenelle and branded it anti-Semitic. They have made such an almighty fuss that Anelka has been charged by the Football Association with making an “abusive” gesture and faces a 5-match ban if found guilty.

According the MSN Sport, 22 January, West Brom’s shirt sponsor Zoopla, an online property search engine co-owned by a Jewish businessman, announced it would not be renewing its contract with the club at the end of the season because of the incident.

Anelka denies the goal celebration was intended to be anti-Semitic and agrees not to perform the salute again but, importantly, he hasn’t apologised. He insists that the Quenelle is an anti-establishment gesture in support of his friend Dieudonné, who has been prosecuted in France for anti-Semitism and is said to have created the salute.

But did he?

I copied the CEO of West Brom, Mark Jenkins, on this note to Channel 4 News, hoping to comfort him in his sea of troubles.

Dieudonné wasn’t even a twinkle in his mother’s eye in 1964. He planned to come to England to support his friend Anelka but has suddenly found himself the subject of an exclusion order by the British Government. Dieudonné responded, quite predictably, by delivering a Quenelle salute to the Queen. Couldn’t Home Secretary Theresa May see that her panicky action invited a rude anti-Establishment ‘up-yours’ and played so conveniently into the comedian’s hands?

Who has been pressuring Mrs May to slap a ban on Dieudonné and prevent him giving evidence? Zoopla? The Board of Deputies of British Jews? Ah yes, theirVice-president Jonathan Arkush has gone into overdrive and wants Anelka barred from the game for longer than five matches. “The decision to charge the player was obviously the correct one…. The Board itself believe any incident on or off the pitch which has racial connotations should be addressed with zero tolerance…. He has simply said he wouldn’t do it again and that is not good enough. He has not indicated one bit of remorse or regret or apologised for his actions.”

May’s officials can dream up any reason they like for excluding foreigners under the general heading ‘public policy and public security’. Of course real hate-mongers like Livni, Lieberman, Ya’alon, Mofaz, Halutz and Netanyahu get a free pass into the UK.

Was Mrs May also badgered by Mark Harper, her obnoxious junior minister in charge of immigration? According to Wiki, Harper is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel. He was tutored at Oxford by Vernon Bogdanor, a member of the Henry Jackson Society whose patrons include Richard Perle and William Kristol. Another of Dogdanor’s pupils was David Cameron.

The Board of Deputies, quick to make capital from the farce, issued a statement on Dieudonné’s exclusion. It reads: “Our organisations worked together to provide strong evidence about Dieudonné’s activities, and the risks and tensions that his presence in Britain would have brought. We thank the Government for its prompt and correct decision. The exclusion order demonstrates this Government’s opposition to antisemitism and will be warmly welcomed by both British and French Jews.”

There’s a wonderful comment by Markus Wolfe at the bottom of Britain, Eager to Match France’s Self-Abjection, a piece by Ariadna Theokopoulos http://www.deliberation.info/britain-eager-match-frances-self-abjection/:

Whatever the outcome of the accusations levelled at Anelka, West Brom’s fan base could see a big boost. The Government’s fan base won’t.

So lighten up, everybody, before you become a laughing-stock. Call off the attack-dogs. Lift the silly ban. Stop stirring your piddling little tea-cup. If you must blame the Quenelle on someone, blame it on Dr Strangelove and the Bomb.

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After working on jet fighters in the RAF Stuart became an industrial marketing specialist with manufacturing companies and consultancy firms. He also "indulged himself" as a newspaper columnist. In politics, he served as a Cambridgeshire county councilor and member of the Police Authority. Now retired he campaigns on various issues and contributes to several online news & opinion sites. An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, he has produced two photo-documentary books - Paperturn-view.com. Also, check out Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper. It tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation and explains to me why the Zionists who control Israel should be brought before the International Criminal Court. Stuart's Very Latest Articles:  2023 - PresentArchived Articles:  2010-2015 - 2016-2022