January 8, 2014

French comedian’s straight-armed gesture provokes charges of anti-Semitism

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Sacha Reingewirtz, president of the French Jewish Students Union, at the union's headquarters in Paris. Photo by Elizabeth Bryant

Sacha Reingewirtz, president of the French Jewish Students Union, at the union's headquarters in Paris. Photo by Elizabeth Bryant

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PARIS (RNS) French comedian Dieudonne is kicking up fresh controversy with a straight-armed gesture he has tagged the "quenelle." Dieudonne claims it's anti-establishment, not anti-Semitic; Jewish groups liken it to a Nazi salute.