Property Giant Withdraws Sponsorship Over “Quenelle”

News Commentary — Jan 20, 2014

West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka with the alleged "anti-Semitic" gesture. Click to enlarge

The property website Zoopla has announced that it will end its sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion at the end of the current season.

Zoopla said its decision was prompted by the actions of French striker, Nicolas Anelka, who has been photographed (right) making a gesture known as the quenelle which, Zionists claim has “anti-Semitic” connotations.
Zoopla is owned by the Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman.
It was reported last week that the company had told West Bromwich that it would withdraw its sponsorship if Anelka wasn’t dropped from the team. Zoopla was reportedly “stunned” when the team didn’t comply
The Football Association has announced that it has appointed an “expert” to look into the matter. The Football Association has not yet named the “expert” who will lead the investigation into the gesture, which was made by the French striker after he scored against West Ham in late December.
The quenelle – which translates literally as “dumpling” in English – is a straight-arm salute with one arm pointing downwards and the other hand across the chest.
It has been made famous by the French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has described it as a gesture of defiance, not specifically against Jews but against the establishment in general.
Although Dieudonne denies the gesture is “anti-Semitic” it has been described by his critics as an inverted Nazi salute. As has been pointed out however, an inverted Nazi salute could just as easily be interpreted as a gesture of defiance against “anti-Semitism” rather than support for Nazism.
Dieudonne, who French authorities claim has been insulting the memory of Holocaust victims during his stage shows, has been banned from performing in a growing list of French towns and cities.
Although Anelka has agreed not to make the gesture again after West Bromwich conceded that it may have caused offence, the French striker has denied that he had any anti-Semitic sympathies.
He said he made the gesture simply to show solidarity with his friend Dieudonne.
Zoopla became West Brom’s principal sponsor in 2012 in a deal that was reported to be the club’s biggest ever, worth £3m over two years.
Apart from raising questions over who will replace Zoopla as West Bromwich’s sponsor, the company’s announcement raises further questions.
For instance: will money, or more precisely lack of money now be able to stop the spread of this alleged new type of “anti-Semitism”? Or will Zoopla’s withdrawal of its sponsorship highlight the issue still further and incite further gestures of defiance?
Time will tell but for now we leave you these videos of Dieudonne, provided courtesy Les Visible.
Also see: Is a new revolution quietly brewing in France?

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