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The ‘Quenelle': Product of Simple Hatred or Ignorance?

Quenelle in front of an Anne Frank poster.

Quenelle in front of an Anne Frank poster.

My immediate concern is the affect the gesture is having on younger generations. In other terms what if it is playing a didactic role in diffusing xenophobia under the guise of a cultural phenomenon- even a humorous and “harmless” gesture? If that is the case as they say, then we should ask ourselves what else would make someone to pose in front of Auschwitz-Birkenau while performing the “quenelle” for a photo? An innocuous antic?

Whatever the case may be the fact remains that the “quenelle” is a means to spread hatred, namely anti-semitism, and ignorance is the locomotive by which it can be spread. It is not an issue of free speech, rather one of defamation.

About the Author: Milad Doroudian is a history student at the University of British Columbia and a writer. He is currently working on a book on the Jassy Pogrom of 1941.


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7 Responses to “The ‘Quenelle': Product of Simple Hatred or Ignorance?”

  1. A "harmless gesture"? Look at the photo again. Are we sure the guys making the gesture aren't trying to say, "Hey, this is where you should make the cut, removing my arm so that I cannot use it in a hateful way again." I think it's meant to be an "armless gesture".

    I see that photo and I see cowards who mock little girls who lost their lives in horrendous ways. I don't care if they think it's funny or cool to be cruel. If there's any hope for this world, people like this will never have the arms to continue the gestures of hatred and cruelty.

  2. Maliban Al Maliban says:

    dear sir: your attitude is why so many people have taken the path of jew hating instead of simply hating zionists and zionism. your type has driven them over the edge. now you get the consequences.

  3. Maliban Al Maliban! Number one: Jews are Zionists and Zionist are Jews. Number Two: We, the Jews don't care anymore whether jerks like you like us or not: our great country, Israel, is strong enough and proud enough to answer to those haters that will be foolish enough to try to mess with Israel ( remember 1948? and1956? and 1967? and 1973? and 1981? and 2006?) Number Three: go ahead and swallow you own venom!

  4. Maliban Al Maliban We in Canada dont hate the Jews, Why cant the rest of the world leave them alone? Maybe you should sing this song Maliban, and it will stop the hatred in your heart.
    "Jerusalem within your courts l:ll praise, The Lord's great Name and with a spirit lowly. Pay all my vows O Zion fair and Holy . Come join with me and bless Him all your days." Psalm 116 verse 10

  5. Maliban Al Maliban says:

    funny. i didn't know you spoke for everyone in canada. when did that election take place?

  6. Sientje Seinen, we should all ignore "men" like Maliban Al Maliban, who is actually just an angry white man from Utah with racist views against black folk and jewish folk, at least according to his FB page. He also has a hang-up on gays, and apparently has some sort of hamster fantasy. On top of his hatred, he's extremely unbalanced, and as such, it is best to humor the guy, as his cries for attention will only get louder and louder until he blows what's left of his lid.

    And Lincoln was a Republican, not a nazi. All these racist bastards in the republican party need to kill themselves or join the actual nazi-party. They've tainted enough already.

  7. O, really? And that is why the rat called Nasralla is hiding in a hole up until now? You are delusional, my friend Maliban Al Maliban! The Second Lebanon war in 2006 was won by Israel, and the only reason that they (israelies) stopped and did not marched on Beirut was that the Arabs were crying to UN (like always) to stop "the aggressor". Cowards are those who were turning Katyusha's missles against civilians of Israel's northern cities, but, like always, failed in a real battle. I hope, Nasralla, as well as Russia and Iran, learned their lesson and will not mess with the Jews again!

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