Shoah-joke co­me­dian’s show is axed

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A THE­ATRE HAS can­celled a planned per­for­mance by an anti-Zion­ist French stand-up co­me­dian af­ter he was fined by a court for mak­ing an­ti­semitic jokes.

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala had been due to ap­pear in a one-man show about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at the Le­ices­ter Square The­atre, cen­tral Lon­don, in March next year.

But the­atre di­rec­tor Martin Witts called off the show on Wed­nes­day af­ter learn­ing of the in­creas­ing con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Dieudonné, which has seen him de­scribed as “the French Jim David­son”.

The Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust had ear­lier at­tacked the the­atre for ac­cept­ing the book­ing.

Mr Witts said: “We have can­celled him. He can’t have been that pop­u­lar, we hadn’t sold any tick­ets.” On Tues­day, French judges or­dered

- mitic in­sults af­ter he in­vited con­victed Holo­caust-de­nier Robert Fau­ris­son on stage.

Dur­ing a Paris com­edy show in De­cem­ber last year, Dieudonné’s as­sis­tant dressed in a con­cen­tra­tion camp out­fit and yel­low Star of David and gave Fau­ris­son a “satir­i­cal award” in what Dieudonné de­scribed as a “com­edy bomb at­tack”.

Karen Pol­lock, HET chief ex­ec­u­tive, had ex­pressed con­cern about the pro­posed per­for­mance and said: “Dieudonné has a long his­tory of ap­palling an­ti­semitic ac­tiv­ity. His most re­cent dis­play shows ig­no­rance and is an in­sult to the mem­ory of all those that per­ished at the hands of the Nazis.”

Ear­lier this year, Dieudonné founded the “Anti-Zion­ist Party” with Alain So­ral, a for­mer mem­ber of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s ex­treme-right Na­tional Front and stood in June’s Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions. Le Pen is god­fa­ther to the co­me­dian’s third child.

Dieudonné, a for­mer anti-racism cam­paigner whose fa­ther was from Cameroon, was also fined in Septem

- ing “memo­rial pornog­ra­phy”, and a

com­par­ing Jews to “slave-traders”.

Dieudonné cam­paign­ing in this year’s Euro elec­tions with his range of “en­e­mies”, in­clud­ing an Or­tho­dox Jew, on his elec­tion poster

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