Quebec cancels anti-Semitic comic

A series of performances in Montreal by the French comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, whose act has included anti-Semitic references, has been canceled.

Quebec’s largest concert promoter pulled the plug on the four shows scheduled May 14-17 by Dieudonné, whose routine has included Holocaust denial and joking praise for Hitler. Dieudonné has been found guilty of inciting hatred in France.

In a statement issued May 11, the promoter cited “contractual conflicts.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs had complained about the comic to the promoter, saying, “It is well-known that Dieudonné’s trademark is not humor but hatred toward Jews.”

Dieudonné’s current show, “Give us back Jesus,” reportedly features Holocaust denial and slurs against the Talmud. The comic has given the Nazi salute during performances.

Last week, Belgian authorities forced Dieudonné to cancel two performances in Brussels. The French news agency AFP reported that police stopped him mid-performance May 9 after determining his act contravened local laws. — jta