When Hollywood Was Scared to Depict Anti-Semitism

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(Photo: wikicommons)

We here at 4Zion love old movies. There’s just something about the classic movie stars, the sets, the production, the old black-and-white, the Technicolor…

So we were fascinated to read this Tablet article by Saul Austerlitz that tells of Hollywood’s first attempts talking about anti-Semitism – even though many of those running it were Jewish, and even though the Holocaust was only a year or two in the past. To study Hollywood’s strange way of dealing with the issue, Austerlitz looks at Gentleman’s Agreement, starring one of film’s most beloved leading men:

Gregory Peck plays Philip Green, a prominent journalist recently relocated to New York and assigned the task of writing a magazine series on anti-Semitism. After struggling to locate a hook for the series, Green settles on a catchy stunt: “I Was Jewish…

Posted in: Anti-Semitism / Gentleman's Agreement / Gregory Peck

Anti-Israel Group Distributes “Eviction” Notices at NYU

(Photo: wikicommons/ Eden, Janine and Jim)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Eden, Janine and Jim)

Imagine opening your door one morning and finding a hateful and untruthful eviction noticed taped to it. That’s what up to 2,000 students at New York University experienced recently. JNS.org reports that the anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine hung mock eviction notices on dormitory doors at NYU, likening the signs to those passed out by the IDF:

The Anti-Defamation League said the notices “inaccurately alleged that Palestinians in the West Bank are evicted from their homes ‘for no other reason than their ethnicity’ when in fact the Israel Defense Forces conduct evictions when there are serious security concerns and when homes are built illegally.”

Posted in: Anti-Israel Bias / Anti-Semitism / IDF

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Photo: wikicommons/ Antony Stanley)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Antony Stanley)

“How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and we are their trace.” – Elie Wiesel

Join us in remembrance and prayer as the world observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th.

We can honor the memory of those who were killed by ensuring that history does not repeat itself, remembering that hateful anti-Semitism is alive and well today. In November 2013, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (AFR) released the results of a survey of 6,000 Jews living in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, and Sweden. Some of the most troubling results include:


A New Intifada on Campus

Photo: Brooklyn College

Photo: Brooklyn College

Today, anti-Israel activists on U.S. college campuses aren’t just burning flags or threatening violence. Now anti-Israel elements are using tactics that may sound less extreme, even though they are just as terrifying. Calling it a “new intifada,” Tzahi Gavrieli writes in an op-ed for Ynet that the newest campaign sweeping college campuses seeks to delegitimize Zionism in its entirety, and the results could be incredibly dangerous.

It is not coincidental that a significant part of the delegitimization campaign against Israel is talking place on campuses. The arena was carefully selected. Campuses have always been fertile ground for exchanging ideas, for activity aimed at fomenting social change and for calls for universal ideals because it is easier to plant the seeds of unruliness in the minds of 18 year olds, who are more open to innovative and…

Posted in: Anti-Israel Bias / Anti-Semitism / Hot Button Issues

Oops, He Did it Again

Just when you thought Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi couldn’t dig his hole any deeper . . . he recently went on record to clarify that he is not, in fact, an anti-Semite after taking heat for a recent interview in which he called Israelis “descendants of apes and pigs.” In fact, Morsi said, he’s not an anti-Semite at all — it’s just that pesky Jewish-controlled media that makes him look like one.

Morsi, a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, came under fire recently after video surfaced of him calling Jews and Zionists “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

The senators’ meeting with Morsi was partially intended to receive clarification on his earlier comments.

At first, the Egyptian president defended himself by saying he did not harbor negative feelings about Judaism or Jewish people.

He then launched a diatribe about Israeli policies against…

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