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French Muslim Rapper Hit by Anti-Semitic Rants

The Jewish Daily Forward, February 5, 2013, by JTA

Booba Slammed Online After Mentioning Holocaust Victims

Dozens of anti-Semitic messages were left on the Facebook page of the best-selling French rapper Booba, who vowed to “avenge the victims of the Holocaust.”

The pledge featured in a new song titled “Master Yoda” by Booba, the stage name of 36-year-old Eli Yaffa, born in France to a Muslim father from Senegal.

The song was posted on the Facebook page of Booba, who has sold over one million albums in France, on Feb. 2 under the title “We’ll avenge like victims of slavery and the Shoah,” a phrase taken from the lyrics.

Among the 4,340 comments left on his post were comments denying the Holocaust and calling for a new genocide against the Jewish people, in violation of French law on hate speech. Some comments used pejoratives against Booba for mentioning the Holocaust.

A user identified as John Ken’Nabii wrote: “Fk the Shoah, invented by Zionists to legitimize Israel.Another user, Bassim Abir, wrote: Fk your mother, you and the Shoah, we piss on all the Arabs that listen to you.

JSS News, a French Jewish news site, termed the statements “cyber-lynching.”

Dozens of comments contained the phrase “shoananas,” a combination of the Hebrew name for the Holocaust with the French world for pineapple. Coined by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne, it is used as a code word for denying the Holocaust seen to be too vague to violate France’s law forbidding it.

On Jan. 24, a French court ordered Twitter to divulge details of users who made similar comments.

The post containing the new song by Booba received 1,413 “likes” on Facebook.

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