The week at a glance...Europe
Nantes, France Comic banned: The French government is going after anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. The half-Cameroonian stand-up and video artist, known for mocking the Holocaust and repeatedly convicted for inciting racial hatred, has popularized a new move: the quenelle, the French sign for “up yours” modified to resemble a downward-directed Nazi salute. It got its name from Dieudonné’s quip in 2009 that he wanted to stick a quenelle—an oblong fish dumpling—“up the backsides of Zionists.” This week Interior Minister Manuel Valls instructed French police chiefs to ban any Dieudonné performance that “may threaten public order.” The city of Nantes has already done so.
Prague Safe-bomb: The accidental bombing death of the Palestinian ambassador in Prague has Czech police asking why the Palestinian Embassy has explosives and weapons on the premises. Palestinian Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal died last week while trying to open an old safe that was booby-trapped with a bomb. Police said this week that during their investigation of the accident they found a dozen other illegal weapons at the embassy compound. Taysir Jaradat, the Palestinian deputy foreign minister, said the weapons were legal, but former Czech military chief of staff Jiri Sedivy told Aktualne.cz that the Palestinians may have been storing weapons shipments in Prague over the years.