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Bob Dylan Sued for Racial Hatred in France

Mrs. Zimmerman's boy has some bad blood going with the Croatians.

They just awarded him the French Legion, and then he gets sued for accusing Croatians of murdering lots of Serbs. They did, of course, did the whole Nazi thing, too. Conundrum.

They just awarded him the French Legion, and then he gets sued for accusing Croatians of murdering lots of Serbs. They did, of course, did the whole Nazi thing, too. Conundrum.

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You don’t want to make flippant racial comments in France – that would be the takeaway for legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who’s just been charged with incitement to racial hatred following an investigation of comments he made comparing Croats to Nazis and slave owners, AFP reported.

Answering a question from the French Rolling Stone in 2012. about race relations in America, Dylan, whose anti-racist credentials are impeccable, said: “Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery – that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

For the record, the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941 encouraged the rise of the Croatian radical right revolutionary movement Ustaše to take power, forming the “Independent State of Croatia,” enacting racial laws, and constructing concentration camps for Serbs, Gypsies and Jews. It is estimated that some 330,000 were killed in those camps. So, yes, Serbs should be as good at smelling Croatian atrocities as Jews do Nazi.

Needless to say, the Croatians did not like that. So the Council of Croats in France (CRICCF) filed a lawsuit, and Dylan was questioned by police and eventually charged last month.

According to the International Business Times, CRICCF secretary general Vlatko Maric confirmed that a Parisian court will hear the case and has requested Dylan’s presence at the hearing.

If you ask me, he should be sued by his fans for singing without a voice these past ten years or so, but if they don’t mind it, I don’t mind it. It’s funny, though, to be sued by the Croatians. It’s like being sued by your parish pedophile priest. I mean, all Dylan has to do is open up a laptop and plug in Croatian atrocities. They got Wikipedia in French, don’t they? Try “Atrocités Croates 1941-1945.”

Vlatko Maric told AFP: “It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats.”

No, it isn’t, and you can. It’s known as calling a spade a spade.

According to the Independent, there are greater restrictions on freedom of speech in France than there are in the U.S., and if Dylan is found guilty of racism, he could face a fine. Croatian radio stations, meanwhile, are boycotting his songs.

Funny thing, though? Only a few weeks ago, Dylan was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award in France. According to the Guardian, France’s culture minister Aurélie Filippetti presented Dylan with the award, given to individuals who have served France (Jerry Lewis gets it ever other year).

Filippetti spoke about Dylan’s cultural importance and how he had become a role model for young people who strive for justice and independence.

How cool is that? Well, originally the award ceremony was suspended back in May, because the grand chancellor of the French Legion, Jean-Louis Georgelin (whose main claim to fame was serving ten years in the Army’s financial department), declared the singer was unworthy of the award, because he was against the Vietnam war and, really, all the other wars, too. Also – because he did weed.

Finally, after a few months and heated behind the scenes action, the old bookkeeper gave in and Dylan was awarded the thing just in time for an international incident.

Dylan played in Croatia in 2010. That’s not happening again.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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47 Responses to “Bob Dylan Sued for Racial Hatred in France”

  1. Way to go Bob Dylan. Call it as you see it! The truth is the truth.

  2. Davor Jadrijevic says:

    You can't paint all people with the same brush- that's the point. You said yourself that the Ustashe were a radical right movement installed by the Nazis. He mentions Nazis and KKK- not all Germans and all white Americans. So it is inflammatory, inaccurate and racist to say "Croatians". In the same breath it is a wierd analagy as radical Serbs were responsible for many deaths in the 1990's wars- so can we also say that Croats and Bosnian Muslims can sense Serb blood?

  3. CALL A SPADE A SPADE. I LIKE THAT IN THE ARTICLE. IF YOU THINK FOR EXAMPLE JESUS OF NAZARETH AND KARL MARX, TWO JEWS, ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF UNTOLD MILLIONS IN THE NAME OF THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENTS ACROSS THE EARTH THEN, THE SPADE? IS EVERY MAN'S HAND RAISED AGAINST THE OTHER TO BURY THE ADVERSARIES WITH NO TRUE DISCERNMENT FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND RIGHT OR WRONG. JUDGE RIGHTLY…NO MATTER WHAT THE RACE IS. I'M IRISH….EVEN AMONG US THERE ARE…SOME VERY BAD RELATIONS. BOB DYLAN? HE CAN'T SING BUT HE CAN TALK IF HE WANTS TO IN MY OPINION.

  4. the croats were nazis and the serbs were the anti-nazis and anti-fascists. but never mind.

  5. i love robert zimmerman /bobby dylan

  6. Hever Morales says:

    This is none sense, it had to be in France!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ain't it funny that Bob Dylan knows more about the Balkan in one sentence than most politicians know about it their entire life :-)

  8. Ustasha murdered 750.000 Serbs and about 75.000 Jews in WWII and thousands of Roma. How cowardly of Croatians not to admit the truth. At least the Germans admitted their guilt.
    The Croatians still live in our homes which they stole from us never paid any reparations.
    I have never returned to my homeland which is soaked with Jewish blood.
    There is plenty of research on this topic if you want to know the truth.
    Clinton bombed the wrong people he bombed our frinds the Serbs instead the Croatians and Bosnians who fought with the Nazis.

  9. Get your Serbs facts straight first, then you can distort them as you please. In WWII the Serbian government under General Milan Nedic worked closely with Nazi officials in making Belgrade the first city "Judenfrei" Croat Tito -who represented a truly multiethnic resistance to the Nazis. Tito himself was Croat and one of his chief advisers, Moshe Piade, was Jewish. In WWII Croatian solider was called Domobran and Ustase established by Italy never had a political party or were ever elected by the people.

  10. Get your Serbs facts straight first, then you can distort them as you please. In WWII the Serbian government under General Milan Nedic worked closely with Nazi officials in making Belgrade the first city "Judenfrei" Croat Tito -who represented a truly multiethnic resistance to the Nazis. Tito himself was Croat and one of his chief advisers, Moshe Piade, was Jewish. In WWII Croatian solider was called Domobran and Ustase established by Italy never had a political party or were ever elected by the people.

  11. I wish to point out only a few things in your response. Serbian Belgrade was the only European capital that had concentration camps exclusively for Jews (Sajmiste and Banjica). There are no holocaust memorial tablets in Belgrade, as is the case in the similar camps elsewhere in Europe. In WWII Croatian solider was called Domobran and Ustase established by Italy never had a political party or were ever elected by the people.

  12. You Serbian part missed the head. in Serbia of the once-affluent, 30,000-strong Jewish community in Serbia before World War II, less than half survived. One thing that hit the head is and your writer Dobrica Cosic explained why Serbs are lying about everyone and everything. "We lie to deceive ourselves, to console others, we lie for mercy. "We lie to fight fear, lie to encourage ourselves… I'll add a couple, lie to yourself that Serbs meter, lie to yourself that you are a force, lie to yourself that you are superior to every other race

  13. Get your facts straight Fascism is Italian ideology. Your writer Dobrica Cosic explained why Serbs are lying about everyone and everything. "We lie to deceive ourselves, to console others, we lie for mercy. "We lie to fight fear, lie to encourage ourselves…

  14. Get your facts straight Fascism is Italian ideology. Your writer Dobrica Cosic explained why Serbs are lying about everyone and everything. "We lie to deceive ourselves, to console others, we lie for mercy. "We lie to fight fear, lie to encourage ourselves…

  15. Marina Pavletic I can not comprehended serbs and desire for so much someone's blood? We Croatians feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't desire it and go looking for those things as Serbs. Serbs really have mental problems.

  16. Marina Pavletic I can not comprehended serbs and desire for so much someone's blood? We Croatians feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't desire it and go looking for those things as Serbs. Serbs really have mental problems.

  17. Марко Игнатович says:

    Mario Phoenix yes and those camps were Ustasha camps and also german camps but inside were serbs and jews mainly … you are bad informed obviously or just ignorant

  18. Марко Игнатович -Victor always writes its history, such as Serbs rewrote and turn up side down all their faults, mistakes to the Croats. Just you trust them, they've revealed their nasty faces not long ago. Hate towards Croatia helped Serbs grow to never before remembered heights of violence, hunger for blood, killing and as before had the same camps as before in modern Europe, and as always is someone else's fault. Serbs blame bad weather on Croats.

  19. Марко Игнатович how is it that Dubrovnik, Croatia there is the oldest Sefardic synagogue still in use today in the world and the second oldest synagogue in Europe. Why there are none in serbia and why they attacked the Dubrovnik which had no military force in it? Ask yourself why Serbs call Croats Ustasa Nazis, when they were introduced from Italy. because they were the Nazis and Croats fascists. Think about it a bit

  20. MARIO PHOENIX – Jews are not stupid enough to fall for for your filthy nazi lies. MARKO IGNATOVIC – Mario is not ignorant, Mario is deliberately being deceptive. But his audience is not as stupid as he assumes.

  21. Zoran Starčević says:

    Ustashe were brought to power by the "Croatian Party of Law." Their program was focused on exterminating Serbs and Jews in Croatia. As for Serbs, they were to "Kill one third, convert to Catholic another third, and expel the rest." The Croatian so-called Independent State of Croatia had accomplished exactly this. Check out facts about just one concentration camp, at Jasenovac. Monstrous!

  22. Zoran Starčević says:

    Marina Pavletic Isn't the truth exactly the opposite? What happened in 1991-1995 was a repeat of Ustashe program, to finish up the remainder of Serbs in Croatia. The slogan this time was: "Croatian machine gun on Croatian shoulder!". The only problem was that this time Serbs were not helpless and unarmed like in 1914 and 1941.

  23. Stefano Curcio says:

    Are you deluded?Lets not get started on Tito and where he was actually from. Did you get all your facts on Nedic from the old Yugoslav Partizan TV show "odpisani"??

  24. Absolutely correct. A shame we need Zoran to correct the filthy nazi liars like "MARIO PHOENIX" who come to troll every comment board on every Jewish website that touches Balkan history, hoping to find people as stupid as themselves to deceive. It cannot and will not work because we are not you.

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