French comic says Iran to back his anti-Zionism films


PARIS (JTA) — The French comedian Dieudonne said he secured funding from Iran for films meant to “combat” Zionism in France.

Dieudonne and the head of France’s Anti-Zionist Party said during a Saturday news conference that they would “combat Zionism head-on” in France with films funded by still unspecified donors. Their support was obtained during a recent visit to Iran at a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the French news agency AFP reported.

“We have received a significant budget that will permit us to make films at the level of those made by Hollywood, which is the armed branch of Zionist culture,” said Dieudonne, according to reports.

Dieudonne said Hollywood films influenced by the “American-Zionist axis” stigmatized Arabs, among others, and that his new movie projects filmed in Iran, and possibly Venezuela and Cuba, would be about slavery and colonialism.

Dieudonne has been convicted and fined in the past for anti-Semitic statements likening Jews to slave traders, among others, and hosting a performance in which a notorious Holocaust denier was awarded a prize by an actor dressed as a Jewish concentration camp prisoner.

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