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French comedian Dieudonne mocks Ilan Halimi, Holocaust in new show

PARIS (JTA) — Months after his comedy tour was banned for its anti-Semitism, comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala launched a new show that mocks the Holocaust and Jewish murder victim Ilan Halimi.

Dieudonne, who has multiple convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, is planning to launch his new show, titled “The Impure Beast,” in the coming weeks, according to a report earlier this week by the France TV Info channel and the Le Point weekly magazine.

The show contains profanities connected to Halimi, a young Parisian Jewish phone salesman who was tortured and murdered in 2006 by a gang of kidnappers who targeted him because he was Jewish.

“If I knock down a Jewish journalist, it will be a serious thing,” journalists who saw sneak previews of the news show quoted Dieudonne as saying on stage. “They will reopen the Nuremberg trials. They will even exhume Ilan Halimi. They’re going to find my DNA in his asshole.”

For many French Jews, Halimi remains a symbol of violent anti-Semitism that surged in France after the second Palestinian intifada.

In January, Dieudonne had to cancel the tour of his previous show after several mayors, acting at the request of France’s then-interior minister, Manuel Valls, issued bans declaring the event an unlawful gathering that threatens public order.

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