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EJC welcomes ban on Dieudonné entry into UK
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EJC welcomes ban on Dieudonné entry into UK

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has applauded the decision of the British Home Office to bar entry to anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala.

“This is a very brave and responsible decision by the British Government,” Dr. Kantor said. “After the banning of his shows in France, this decision deals another blow to Dieudonné’s hate and incitement disguised as entertainment.”

“No government should expose its citizens to someone whose ideas are not only deeply offensive to many, not only Jews, but whose work has inspired violent hate against minorities.”

Dieudonné had said he would travel to the UK to support his friend, footballer Nicolas Anelka, who is facing a disciplinary hearing after performing a Quenelle during a Premier League match.

The Home Office has declared the performer persona-non-grata and warned he will not be allowed into the country.

“It is our hope that other nations will follow suit and deprive Dieudonné of the ability to spread his hate and acts of provocation,” Dr. Kantor continued. “The European Jewish Congress is pleased that after a long time of warning of the dangers of people like Dieudonné, action is being taken.”

“Those like Anelka who blindly follow the hatred of Dieudonné should also be penalized and I hope the Football Association will take advice from the British Government that the French comedian is a dangerous figure and those that mimic him join him in his hate and incitement.”

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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