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France: Black extremist website to be shut down

Paris judge says website of banned extremist black power ‘obviously went beyond necessary limits of freedom of expression by stigmatizing Jews as responsible for trade of blacks’

A Paris judge has ordered the leader of a banned extremist black power group to shut down his internet website within two days because of its anti-Semitic content.


Monday’s decision concerning the group Tribu Ka comes came after a lawsuit brought by several French Jewish groups.


The group will be forced to pay a fine if it does not shut down its site within 48 hours, the judge said.


If he doesn’t comply with the decision, he will have to pay 1,500 euros per day of delay. The Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) was one of the organizations that had called for Kemi Seba’s personal website -- which the group’s lawyer said was "marked with the hatred of Jews on every page" -- to be banned.


Keba, who is the leader of Tribu Ka, had appeared last week before a French court to defend himself against charges of anti-Semitism over the contents of his website. Tribu Ka, a black identity group, was outlawed last July by the French authorities after its members descended in May on a Paris Jewish quarter, wielding baseball bats and shouting anti-Semitic slogans.


'Threats to Republic and democracy'

More than 20 members of the group walked up and down the crowded Rue des Rosiers, performing Nazi salutes, looking for a fight with the neighborhood’s Jews, threatening and intimidating them.

The Paris judge, Emmanuel Binoche, said that Seba “has obviously gone beyond the necessary limits of freedom of expression by stigmatizing the Jews as the responsible for the trade of blacks in order to create troubles and violence”.


The website in question refers repeatedly to the "Zionist AIDS" and evokes the necessity “to eradicate the Zionist mafia”.


Tribu Ka, which was created in December 2004, advocates the separation of the races and a return to Africa for black people.


The Union of French Jewish Students welcomed the judge’s decision.


"We will not let those who are inciting to hatred and encourage the opposition between two communities which have everything to hold a dialogue,” Benjamin Abtan, the UEJF chairman said in a communique.


"Kemi Seba and Tribu Ka are threats to the Republic and to democracy,” he added.


Kemi Seba was present on Monday at the Paris court with a group of supporters. Speaking to the press, he reiterated its attacks against the “Zionists which control the world bodies”. He said he would open a new internet site.


Reprinted by permission of European Jewish Press


פרסום ראשון: 09.27.06, 10:12
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