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Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"

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Credited cast:
Uri Avneri ...
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Yaakov Bleich ...
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Gianfranco Fini ...
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Norman Finkelstein ...
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Abraham Foxman ...
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Abraham Hecht ...
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Yitzhak Herzog ...
Himself - Minister in Charge of Anti-Semitic Affairs (as Isaac Herzog)
Dov Hikind ...
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David Hirsch ...
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Charles Jacobs ...
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Teddy Katz ...
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Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum (including the head of the Anti-Defamation League and its fiercest critic, author Norman Finkelstein) and traveling to places like Auschwitz (alongside Israeli school kids) and Brooklyn (to explore reports of violence against Jews), Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and - surprisingly - often wryly funny. Written by FRF

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,725 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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$11,410 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Interviewer: Are you saying anti-Semitism is an Israeli invention? A Jewish invention?
Uri Avneri: Anti-Semitism? Anti-Semitism *today* ? All in all, yes. Everybody is scared of anti-Semitism because of its history and Jews have always been terrified. In America, where Jews are so strong and influential, they are scared of their own shadows. Every moment, behind every tree, an anti-Semite hides. Bullshit! There is nothing like that. Anti-Arabs, anti-Muslims, anti-Black, anti whatever you like, yes. Anti-Semites? You'd ...
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A Great Look at the Realities of Anti-Semitism
27 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film really hits the mark with regards to anti-semitism. For all intents and purposes, it does not exist. Racism against Jews is nothing compared to racism against blacks, Latinos or Arabs.

The Anti-Defamation League really show their true selves in this video and do not even seem to notice. Complaints sent to them seem to be largely about Jewish folks not getting days off for holidays. That is not anti-Semitism. That is a work policy.

Interestingly, Norman Finkelstein is shown raw here, too. Finkelstein is a great scholar and critic of the Jewish lobby. Here is shown making statements that do not present him in a favorable light. While his underlying point is correct, he comes off like a ranting lunatic, which hardly helps his cause.


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