Reverse Nazi salute, all the rage in Europe, is now coming to America

A “reverse Nazi” fascist salute that’s become all the rage in Europe, has now come to America.

The salute was created by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been fined for inciting racial hatred and hate speech on several occasions.

Dieudonne, who has run for office on an “anti-Zionist” platform, claims the salute is simply “anti the system.”  The claim is suspect at best, but when you look at Dieudonne’s history, it’s even less credible. Among other things, Dieudonne has invited Holocaust deniers on stage during his shows (and asked the audience to applaud them), is close to France’s far-right quasi-fascist National Front party, and has described the Holocaust as “memorial pornography.”

It’s become a “thing” among some circles in Europe to take a selfie doing Dieudonne’s gesture. The selfie is especially popular at locations deemed “Jewish,” such as Auschwitz or memorials in Paris to French Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

Yeah, nothing anti-Semitic about that.  Keep in mind that France has a long history of anti-Semitism, and a resurgence of violence against Jews in the past few years.  So this isn’t happening in a vacuum.  Not to mention, every European is familiar with what this kind of salute signifies.  It’s fascist, period.

There are photos all over the Web of the salute. It’s obvious from the photos that it’s meant as a fascist anti-semitic salute. Here are a few that get the point across quite well:

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Trains used to transport Jews to Nazi death camps.

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Auschwitz.

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“Hebrew retirement home.”

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The sign they’re posing in front of is a memorial to those killed by the Nazi puppet government in France during World War II

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“Jewry Street”

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Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.

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A display about Anne Frank.

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The Nazi-esque salute has caught on with sports celebrities too, including French-born British soccer player Nicolas Anelka who made the gesture the other day, then, incredibly, tried to claim that President Obama did the same thing.  The President most certainly did not.  Obama’s photo is of the President brushing dirt off his shoulder, which was a ‘thing’ during the 2008 campaign, suggesting he was brushing off Hillary’s criticism. It was not a quasi-fascist salute.

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And now Americans are getting in on the fun, including San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker in a photo that was just published two days ago:

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A video showing a variety of these photos includes one of an apparent NYC police officer in front of the Center for Jewish History in NYC:

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  • John

    It is not a nasty statement, it is a true statement. Jews are in fact destroying the world, if you all were not so brainwashed we could do something to expel this parasite.

  • Margareta Andersson

    I am also very tired of the zionists propaganda about anti-semitism and the holocaust. The sionist lobby always pushing for less freedom of speach in other peoples countries. Who are they to decide what I can say and not say? Freedom of speach now and kick the sionist bastards out of the west.

  • Anon11111

    anonymous supports le quenelle

  • Olterigo

    What you are saying is partially correct. However, back in the day (19th century) Jewish organizations in France did not use the word “Juif/ve” in their titles. They preferred “Israelite” as it was thought to be nobler. E.g. Alliance Israelite Universelle, a French Jewish org. At about the same time and largely for the same reasons, Jewish orgs in the Anglo-sphere used in their titles the word “Hebrew”, e.g. what is now known as Union of Reform Judaism was initially called “Union of American Hebrew Congregations.” So, translating from French to English, it would make sense to either use “Hebrew” as was the equivalent word used back in the day in the Anglo-sphere or “Jewish” as its modern widely-used equivalent. Use of the word “Israelite” with its context would only be familiar to the people knowledgeable on the topic. Everyone else would likely be confused thinking along the lines of “what is Israeli retirement home doing in France?”

  • Moderator3

    Yes, the statement is nasty, but it should be allowed to stay to demonstrate how low someone can go.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRh0QiXyZSk Rudel

    Why should they. Jews are helping to destroy this country every day.

  • willardcottrell

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious to oblivious Imogen.

  • willardcottrell

    You do realize that these clowns (Dynasty Dudes) are Yuppies playing the part of southern hicks. So, Imogen, I’m FMAO that you’ve fallen for a con job. However, considering the rest of your rant you typify exactly my point and make the point for me.

  • Me

    What a load of bollocks! If you all have the mentality to think gesture means anything at all you are just as stupid as the last lot that attempted to rule the world, and where did that get them,,,absolutely no where like all despots,dictators,tyrants and egotisical idiots freedom will always win

  • SharonB

    “…Stop being hysterical. Obama is ruining healthcare and you are busy calling people who mind their own business tyrannical LMAO dude get a grip on reality.”
    Health Insurance reform and making sure 20 million poor people can have preventive health care (thereby saving all of us millions in Emergency Room visit costs), making sure no one can be cut from HC insurance, making sure people with pre-existing conditions can not be excluded, and keeping young people on parent’s HC until age 26… wow. Ruination and destruction!

  • SharonB

    Learn to read, lazy troll. From SPLC site (took me .41 seconds to find):

    “These factors also are feeding a powerful resurgence of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, which in the 1990s led to a string of domestic terrorist plots, including the Oklahoma City bombing. The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, has grown 813 percent since Obama was elected – from 149 in 2008 to 1,360 in 2012.”

  • Imogen Parry

    Willard, the guys on Duck Dynasty spend their time hunting their own food, on their own land and try their hardest to never take a dime from the government. Meanwhile, they pay taxes. So it seems to me they are a net positive for the economy; prove me wrong. Maybe that is what you really take issue with? The fact they just want to live their life and don’t want your nanny state meddling with them all the time? How you inflate their isolation from the nanny state, positive contributions to the economy and a desire to just mind their own business as ‘tyranny’ is nuts. Stop being hysterical. Obama is ruining healthcare and you are busy calling people who mind their own business tyrannical LMAO dude get a grip on reality.

  • Imogen Parry

    Your 755% statistic counts anything ‘patriotic’ as a hate group. Again, so you can understand just how shit your statistic is, you think a 755% rise in people who (according to webster) “…loves and strongly supports or fights for his country”. You think that is a bad thing? Seriously? How on earth can you think patriotism is a bad thing? People who love their country? Don’t you love your country – for what it is now and what it can be? And what right do you have to complain or desire change for a country you don’t even love / like anymore? GTFO if you don’t like it.

  • kladinvt

    Dieudonne is allegedly a comedienne but everyone knows that CONS are NOT funny; it’s an impossibility and this stupid “salute” is more proof of that.

  • Outspoken1

    Always astounded how stupid and insensitive people can willingly act.

  • evodevo

    It never went away in Amerique – it just went underground. You have to live in the Bibble Belt and know some local Baggers, to appreciate how widespread it is. Just a byproduct of the re-emergence of white supremacy.

  • Bill_Perdue

    There are large fascist groups throughout eastern and western Europe.

    In the east they’re expressions of anti-Stalinist groups that sprang up after the fall of the USSR and enjoy a solid alliance with cults like the catholics in Poland and the Ukraine and the Russian orthodox cult in Russia and other former Soviet states. They’re racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT. They’re an expression of the confusion and demoralization that have stalked Stalinist politics since the Hitler Stalin pact that eventually led to the demise of the USSR.

    In the west fascists and ultrarightists like Action Française, the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands and the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs remain anti-Semetic but have shifted their organizing to hatred of the GLBT communities and especially towards the most common form of bigotry today, Islamophobia.

    In the US fascist are rabid supporters of capitalism and are the go-to groups the rich choose when right centrists like the Democrats and Republicans fail. The same is true in the EU and Russia although the dynamics and background differ.

  • olandp

    I’ve got a Nazi salute for you, it involves my middle finger. F*cking Fascist trash.

  • willardcottrell

    I can it the new American logic. The celebration of ignorance and intolerance. Just witness the fondness of the reality show and duck dynasty – I rest my case. Add to the demise of critical thinking and the influence of right wing christianity. we have the making of tyranny with the aforementioned bullshit.

  • mpeasee

    …people still do black face, what makes you think people are going stop jew hating….

  • pappyvet

    Sorry John but I speak French.

    maison de retraite Israelite translates to Retirement home Israelite

    “Israelite” is French for “Hebrew” is what I was commenting on. No ,it is not.

    “Hebrew” in English translates into” Hébreu” in French. Sorry for the confusion

  • pappyvet

    Sorry John but I speak French.

    maison de retraite Israelite translates to Retirement home Israelite

    “Israelite” is French for “Hebrew” is what I was commenting on. No ,it is not.

    “Hebrew” in English translates into” Hébreu” in French. Sorry for the confusion

  • HolyMoly

    History has a remarkable tendency to rhyme, doesn’t it?

    What you’re seeing now is the beginning where people gleefully get behind a movement such as this, but when the target of their ire runs out, they start looking for others to persecute. When the movement thins out of all of its pet targets, the movement starts to devour its own. And that’s what these fools fail to realize. If this is allowed to metastasize, they will themselves be constantly looking over their shoulders for fear that they could be next.

    The Spanish Inquisition, the witch trials in Europe and America, Nazism, Stalin’s bloody reign…I’m sure there are plenty more. They all followed this same pattern.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    That’s an English definition, not a French one. The sign is in French, so you’d have to find a French dictionary that defines it in context. That’s why I think Olterigo is likely correct. I had a sense that the word meant “Jewish” of a sort, but wasn’t sure, so didn’t go with it initially.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    You’re right, I forgot to add another American example that was shown in one of the videos – just added it.

  • HolyMoly

    Sounds like a well-polished apology written by some PR wordsmith. It’s way too sterile to come straight out of anyone’s mouth. It sounds too much like corporate CYA, hoping all of this will blow over and not hurt the bottom line ($$$). But even though they probably aren’t his words, I am inclined to believe that he didn’t know what the salute meant at the time. He might even actually be sorry.

  • Island In The Sky

    Haha…now just WHAT are people going to think when USAmericans put their hand over their chest during the Pledge of allegiance / National anthem???

  • pappyvet

    Well to be precise it is not French for Hebrew.

    Is·ra·el·ite

    noun

    1.

    a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.

    2.

    one of a group considered by its members or by others as God’s chosen people.

    adjective

    3.

    of or pertaining to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.

    Origin:
    1350–1400; Middle English; see Israel, -ite1

  • pappyvet

    Disgusting but not unexpected. Since President Obama took office there has been a 755% growth in hate groups in our own country. That’s according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s research.
    Hatred does not have borders.
    “There is a familiar old maxim that assures us that man is the noblest work of God. Well now who found that out?” Mark Twain

  • http://americablog.com magster

    Per ESPN… Tony Parker’s “I had no idea the middle finger meant f you” defense.

    On Sunday, the photos were published by media outlets in France. In
    the pictures, Parker and Diaw are seen doing what is known as the
    “quenelle,” which has become a symbol of anti-Semitism in that country.

    “When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I
    thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in
    any way offensive or harmful,” Parker said. “Since I have been made
    aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat
    the gesture and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding or harm
    relating to my actions. Hopefully this incident will serve to educate
    others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous
    can actually have a history of hate and hurt.”

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10216051/tony-parker-san-antonio-spurs-sorry-controversial-photo

  • Zorba

    We never seem to be able to get rid of anti-Semistism, racism, homophobia, etc.
    I would have hoped that by now, in the 21st f*cking century that we humans would have grown beyond this type of cr@p.
    But I was wrong. {{Sigh}}
    We have a friend who has always maintained that “humans are a near miss.” I would amend that to say that we are a far miss. We may have come a long way, but we still have an even longer way to go.
    :-(

  • ze tavares

    Agree that this salute is offensive, but you present no evidence to substantiate your headline and opening paragraph claims that the salute is coming to America (the Tony Parker pic is with the French comedian, I presume in Parker’s native France). Why not?

  • http://americablog.com magster

    The San Antonio Spurs fan-blog is poundingtherock.com. I’ve already posted a comment in disapproval to Tony Parker. I’d like to have this blow up on him.

  • Chef Kowalski

    I think they all deserve a salute. Arm raised, hand clenched, finger raised!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Okay, I was assuming it was “Hebrew” but wasn’t sure. Will update it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So I guess 68 years, give or take, is roughly how long it takes vows of “Never Again” to be forgotten.

  • iamlegion

    Well, at least it’s nice to see us Americans aren’t the only ones stupid and piggish enough to put our racism and stupidity up on the internet with our actual names & faces attached…

    Hey, Anonymous! Let’s see some doxing!

  • Drew2u

    I’d call it “willful stupidity” more than disgusting, but that’s just me being semantic.

  • Drew2u

    It looks to me like stupid kids doing stupid stunts, like planking, ducklips, and whatever, but thanks for bringing in the background of where the salute, if one can call it that, comes from.
    That said, it looks like they’d be the kind of people who’d DVR Duck Dynasty.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    A lot of the time, the world is a disgusting place.

  • Badgerite

    They do know that the Nazis had no trouble sending the non Jewish French off to camps as well, don’t they? This really is one of the sickest things I’ve seen lately.

  • Olterigo

    Just one thing. “Israelite” is French for “Hebrew” as the 19th-early 20th century way to say “Jewish.” (As in United Hebrew Congregations.)

  • Indigo

    Zut alors!

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