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Tony Parker Under Fire For 'Quenelle' Gesture
NBA star Tony Parker has come under fire over his alleged use in the past of the "quenelle", a controversial gesture considered anti-Semitic.
An image has emerged showing Parker allegedly doing the "quenelle" earlier this year with French comedian Dieudonne, who has made the gesture his signature and is known for his anti-Semitic views.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the San Antonio Spurs star to apologise, according to The Algemeiner, a US publication that covers Israel and Jewish-related issues.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said French-born Parker should "apologise for his use of the quenelle 'Nazi' salute".
The rabbi called the gesture "disgusting and dangerous".
"As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic," Rabbi Cooper said, according to The Algemeiner.
The row surrounding Parker came just days after French footballer Nicolas Anelka got into trouble for making the gesture after scoring in the Premier League.
The "quenelle" is widely interpreted as a Nazi-style or anti-Semitic action in France.
A Jewish community leader in France, Roger Cukierman, has described it as a "Nazi salute in reverse".
Dieudonne claims his gesture only reflects his anti-establishment views.
The comedian and polemicist has made anti-Jewish remarks in public for years and has been fined several times for defamation, insult and provocation to hate, and for racial discrimination.
Anelka has denied being a racist, and defended his gesture as a "special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonne".
There has been no public comment from Parker, who is the former husband of Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, or San Antonio Spurs.
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