Attention people of Réunion, Comores, Maurice, Madagascar and Zimbabwe: Hurricane Quenelle, scheduled for the 2014-2015 hurricane season has been cancelled!
It will not be permitted to do its thing under this name, but only following a rebaptizing and the acquisition of a name that is not offensive to Jewish sensitivities.
Hurricanes, according to custom, are named two years in advance by local meteorological services in alphabetical order. Number 16 had to start with the letter “Q” and Madagascar had chosen the name Quenelle.
A complaint recently lodged by CRIF (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France) — The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France — to the World Meteorological Organization convinced the local meteorological services to “withdraw this highly polemic name.”
The newspaper Quotidien de la Réunion reports that this is the first time ever that a hurricane’s name has been changed at the last moment, which is surprising in this case since the same newspaper had published caricatures and commented on the appropriateness of the name given the fact that Dieudonnee himself (the originator of the Quenelle salute) has proven to be something of a hurricane in the political life of France. Ask the Prime Minister, Manuel “Through-My-Wife-I-Am-Eternally-Tied-to-Israel” Valls. Ask the Union of Jewish Students in France.
Was CRIF sleeping on the job? Why did it take them so long to discover this meteorological anti-semitism? So little time, so many to watch, so much censorship to apply. Even the weather is no longer safe from “polemics.”