Paris march turns hateful against Jews

A march through Paris against French President Francois Hollande ended with anti-Semitic chants and cries of support for an anti-Semitic comedian.

At least 150 protesters were arrested in the “Day of Anger” demonstrations on Jan. 26, according to reports. Nineteen police officers were injured, the French news agency AFP reported. Police estimated that 17,000 participated in the march.

Protesters performed the quenelle, a gesture that was popularized by the anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, and which many people deride as an inverted Nazi salute.

Marchers called for freedom of speech on Dieudonne’s behalf, and anti-Semitic chants included “Jews go home” and “Jews, France is not your country,” according to Israel Radio. — jta