Anelka

On 28 December 2013 on twitter, Mohammed Ansar commented on Anelka’s post-goal gesture, suggesting that it might not be antisemitic, but instead that the footballer was being smeared as an antisemite using ‘guilt by association’:

@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 7:14pm: “Anelka’s goal celebration brouhaha: anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic or fascist? http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25537686 … @StanCollymore”[1]

@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 8:21pm: “@steveplrose @StanCollymore I’ve heard about this guilt by association stuff – and its been attempted against me to. I think its absurd.”[2]

@Akhlaq1386 “:@MoAnsar @StanCollymore In response to your own tweet, what you think of Anelka’s gesture & the intentions of doing it?”[3]

@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 8:55pm: “@Akhlaq1386 @StanCollymore *IF* the info on Dieudonné is correct, it was a stupid and potentially racist action. We’ll wait and see.”[4]

MoAnsar then retweeted @anelkaofficiel’s tweet sometime between 9:18pm and 9:22pm:

@MoAnsar: @anelkaofficiel: “This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné”[5]

Mohammed Ansar - Anelka and Antisemitism

Dieudonne and Anelka making antisemitic Quenelle gesture

Mohammed Ansar’s retweet garnered a great deal of attention:

@daaronovitch, 28 Dec, 9:22pm: “@anelkaofficiel @MoAnsar Balls. Your ‘comedian friend’ is a well-known and convicted anti-Semite. As you must surely be aware.”[6]

Ansar continued with his  theme …

@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 9:54pm: “Astounding that some will attack Anelka for stupidly honouring an anti-Semite but say little about the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians.”[7]
@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 9:55pm: “And let’s be *VERY* clear about one thing: speaking up against Zionism and for the plight of the Palestinians is NOT anti-Semitism.”[8]

… before hastily backtracking, after realising that Anelka’s action was in fact antisemitic:

@MoAnsar, 28 Dec 2013, 10:20pm: “Nicolas Anelka was wrong. On the evidence, his actions were quite probably anti-Semitic and we must speak-up against anti-Jewish hate.”[9]

References

http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417010609452892160
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417027478935175168
http://twitter.com/Akhlaq1386/status/417031893448531969
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417036110296924160
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417042296027500546
http://twitter.com/DAaronovitch/status/417042972761657344
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417051036528824320
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417051262861844482
http://twitter.com/MoAnsar/status/417057407160696833

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