Your slot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of top 10 anti-Semites may soon go to an ancient fat man from Gaul and his short, blond friend.The challengers are Obelix and Asterix, two characters from a popular French comic book series that offers a humorous depiction of first century French rural life.
The image was taken at the Asterix theme park near Paris and went viral after being uploaded to Facebook.
The quenelle — the name for a gesture in which one places an outstretched left palm on the right shoulder — was invented by the anti-Semitic comedian Diedonne M’bala M’bala to both mock and circumvent France’s laws against displaying Nazi symbols by offering a subtler, non-prosecutable version.
Although it represents a new peak of absurdity, the Asterix/Obelix picture fits in with the quenelle spirit, which ridicules France’s restrictive laws on the promotion of the anti-Semitic hatred and other forms of racism.
As the gesture’s popularity soared in recent months, some have taken to being photographed while performing the quenelle next to pineapples — a reference to an earlier invention by Dieudonne which combines the Hebrew word for Holocaust with the French word for pineapple, a coinage understood to cast doubt on the Holocaust without breaking the law prohibiting Holocaust denial.
But the gesture’s growing popularity has also generated growing opposition.
Earlier this week, six French Jews were arrested in Lyon on suspicion that they assaulted a man they had allegedly tracked on Facebook for posing while performing the quenelle.Heeding calls by representatives of French Jewish communities, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced Friday the government was looking into banning all public performances of Dieudonne.The theme park offered its apologies and claimed the actors were not familiar with the dark origins of the gesture, the park’s spokesperson said in a statement to L’express.“Asterix and Obelix will remain apolitical,” the spokesperson promised.El peridico 'New York Times' abri este lunes su edicin digital con un artculo sobre el complejo cinematogrfico de Ciudad de la Luz, en Alicante, al que se refiere como un "ejemplo del frenes valenciano" por la construccin grandes instalaciones, que "ha dejado un legado de 25.000 millones de dlares e infraestructuras en bancarrota" en la Comunidad Valenciana, segn indica el diario.Los autores de la informacin, Doreen Carvajal y Rafael Minder recuerdan que Ciudad de la Luz, en sus inicios, fue proyectada como un "megaestudio de cine donde los cuentos de hadas se hacan reales", y donde las instalaciones "podan crear un desastre tipo tsunami en un enorme tanque de agua con vistas al mar Mediterrneo, como un Hollywood en la costa espaola".