No, I dont mean Mel Gibsons The Passion of Christ.
While talk radio natters on about the possible anti-semitism of Gibsons movie, Joel Rosenberg reports on this particlarly vile movie entitled Al-Shatat, The Diaspora. This 30 part mini-series was produced by Syrian TV and aired in the middle-east last year during Ramadam. The title of Rosenbergs article is A Vicious, Anti-Semitic Film.
One excerpt from the article: In Episode Six of the Syrian film, a group of rabbis and other Jews in a Romanian ghetto gather to torture and kill a man found guilty of marrying a non-Jewish woman. As the man screams in agony, the head rabbi instructs his fellow Jews: "You hold his nose shut. You, open his mouth with tongs. You pour lead into his mouth. You cut off his ears. You stab his body with a knife before the lead kills him. This is a sacred Talmudic court; if any of you fails in his mission I will try you just like this criminal." The men follow the Rabbis orders.
Rosenberg concludes his article with this observation: Those Jewish leaders attacking The Passion are thus making a serious strategic error. Theyre crying wolf, and hurting their own cause by pointing to anti-Semitism where it doesnt exist and thus distracting attention from real and rising evils where they do. Moreover, by attacking a film in which a Jewish person is portrayed as the Savior of all mankind, theyre needlessly insulting and alienating millions of Bible-believing Christians, the very people most supportive of the right of all Jews — and the Jewish state of Israel — to exist in peace and security.
Like the earlier post on George Wills article, Rosenberg notes especially the rise of anti-jewish sentiment and activities in Europe. One observer believes that anti-semitism is as rampant in Europe today as it was in Germany in the 1930s.