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French Court Sentences Notorious Anti-Semite to Jail for Inciting Racial Hatred against Jews

The Criminal Court in the French town of Bobigny on Thursday sentenced notorious anti-Semite Alain Soral to one year in prison after he was found guilty of inciting racial hatred against Jews, Ben Cohen reported in The Algemeiner.

Soral wrote in March 2018 on his website Equality and Reconciliation: “Jews are manipulative, domineering and hateful.” The platform is known for its extreme anti-Semitic and nationalist content.

After the verdict, a lawyer for the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), Ilana Soskin, said: “we will continue to prosecute Alain Soral as soon as he makes anti-Jewish statements.”

The French Union of Jewish Students (EUJF) also welcomed the verdict, posting on Twitter that “Justice has put a new stop on this little propagandist of hatred.”

Soral has several times been convicted of provoking racial hatred. His last court appearance just a month ago left with him with a $5,000 fine for publishing anti-Semitic material on his website.

Soral was originally a communist and later worked for the far-right National Front (NF), before leaving the party and co-founding his own platform, Equality and Reconciliation, together with another notorious French anti-Semite, Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.

In November 2015, Dieudonné was sentenced to two months in prison by a Belgian court for incitement to hatred over racist and anti-Semitic comments he made during a show. Dieudonné, who faced similar cases in France for making jokes about gas chambers and voicing support for the attacks against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, was also fined $10,000 by a court in Liège.

In February 2015, Dieudonne traveled to Iran and gave a gift of a golden “quennelle” – a gesture reminiscent of the Nazi salute that Dieudonne is promoting – to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Last September, Dieudonne and Soral traveled to North Korea to make an appearance at a “peace festival” in the totalitarian state.

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