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    French court says Jew-Nazi television skit is not anti-Semitic Fri, May 28, 2004 Haaretz, Israel PARIS - A controversial comedian s sketch portraying an
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      French court says Jew-Nazi television skit is not anti-Semitic
      Fri, May 28, 2004
      Haaretz, "Israel"


      PARIS - A controversial comedian's sketch portraying an Orthodox Jew
      giving a Hitler salute was not anti-Semitic and cannot be punished
      under French law, a Paris court ruled yesterday.

      The court threw out charges of racial discrimination brought by four
      Jewish and anti-racist organizations against Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala
      for a television sketch that criticized Israel's policy of settling
      Jews in the territories.

      In the short sketch, Dieudonne dressed as an Orthodox Jewish settler
      in combat dress and skullcap, shouted "IsraHeil" and urged young
      viewers to join an "American-Zionist axis."

      "The court has recognized a comedian's right to criticize the
      policies of a state and not be branded an anti-Semite, even if this
      state is Israel," Dieudonne's lawyer, Francois Roux, said after the
      judgment.

      Representing the plaintiffs, Alain Jakubowicz said the ruling
      followed the letter of the law but ignored the hurt that the sketch
      had caused French Jews.

      "The words and acts in question are not criminal, since they do not
      address the Jewish community in general or target an individual or
      group of individuals because of their Jewish faith," the court ruling
      said.

      Dieudonne, a French-African humorist, immediately demanded an apology
      from Justice Minister Dominique Perben.

      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/432448.html

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