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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 [1] 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 [2] 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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