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Tony Parker (r) and antisemitic French comic Dieudonne doing the reverse Nazi salute "quenelle."

The San Antonio Spurs are currently in the midst of an imbroglio over antisemitism, which makes their visiting opponents this week—the Brooklyn Nets and the NY Knicks—not the best possible choice, assuming the locals were hoping to let the controversy die quietly.

It’s all because of the Spurs star guard Tony Parker, the NY Daily News reports, who came under fire on Sunday for his use of an import antisemitic gesture, described by the Islamists who use it as a “reverse heil Hitler” Nazi salute.

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Parker was asked by Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to apologize.

French media outlets published a photo taken earlier this year of the French-born Parker doing the “quenelle,” facing Dieudonne, an antisemitic and Holocaust denying comedian who invented the gesture.

The Spurs host the Nets on Tuesday and the Knicks on Thursday.

“It’s the Nazi salute in reverse,” french Jewish community leader Roger Cukiermantold Reuters.

Parker was photographed in September and in October, making the gesture backstage at two Dieudonne concerts, according to the Daily News.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. so ironic when a Black person does a nazi salute upside down or not…obviously they don't quite know their history…since the nazis want a pure aryian race and black does not quite fit into that…the nazis would have killed blacks alongside jews if there had been any in Germany..and todays neo-nazis feel the same way…clearly stupidity is color blind

  2. The "Islamists" do not have a patent on the quenelle. To my understanding, the quenelle is a gesture used by anti-Semites across the board. Let's keep in mind that we are dealing with anti-Semitism not just from Islamists, but from our traditional antagonists among the native Europeans.

    I understand that Jewish Press has an agenda of appealing to the neo-conservative crowd, but show a little more integrity next time.

  3. Always fascinates me that Islamists, neo-Nazis and ultra-leftists can be very pragmatic and join forces under the banner of Jew-hatred, even though each group's agenda stands in total opposition to the other.

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