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Defamation (2009) More at IMDbPro »Hashmatsa (original title)

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Defamation -- 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?"
Defamation -- What is anti-semitism two generations after the Holocaust? In his exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the 'oldest hatred', and comes up with some startling answers. He f

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Yoav Shamir (writer)
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26 August 2010 (Germany) See more »
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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?" Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 
Uri Avneri ... Himself
Yaakov Bleich ... Himself (as Rabbi Bleich)
Gianfranco Fini ... Himself
Norman Finkelstein ... Himself (as Professor Norman Finkelstein)
Abraham Foxman ... Himself
Abraham Hecht ... Himself (as Rabbi Hecht)
Yitzhak Herzog ... Himself - Minister in Charge of Anti-Semitic Affairs (as Isaac Herzog)
Dov Hikind ... Himself - Assemblyman
David Hirsch ... Himself - Sociology Professor
Charles Jacobs ... Himself (as Dr. Charles Jacobs)
Teddy Katz ... Himself - Gush Shalom
Noah Klinger ... Himself - Journalist
Joel Levi ... Himself - ADL Regional Director New York
Benjamin Lifschitz ... Himself - Reporter
John Mearsheimer ... Himself
Arieh O'Sullivan ... Himself - ADL Spokesman
Dina Porat ... Herself - Professor
Harvey Prince ... Himself - ADL, Los Angeles
Suzanne Prince ... Herself - ADL, Los Angeles
Stephen Walt ... Himself
Bob Wolfson ... Himself - ADL Regional Director

Directed by
Yoav Shamir 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Yoav Shamir  writer

Produced by
Ori Bader .... line producer
Sandra Itkoff .... producer
Philippa Kowarsky .... producer
Karoline Leth .... producer
Knut Ogris .... producer
Nynne Marie Selin Eidnes .... line producer (as Nynne Selin)
 
Original Music by
Mischa Krausz 
 
Cinematography by
Yoav Shamir 
 
Film Editing by
Morten Højbjerg 
 
Sound Department
Neal Gibbs .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Höhsl .... visual effects artist
 
Editorial Department
Kenneth Laugaard Andersen .... assistant editor
Søren Gamborg Knudsen .... assistant editor
Nicolai Griffens .... assistant editor
Elin Pröjts .... additional editor
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
 
Other crew
Daniel Karpantschof .... researcher
Jordan Savel .... production coordinator
Signe Vinther .... production coordinator
Jaime Wolf .... legal counsel
 

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Also Known As:
"Hashmatsa" - Israel (original title)
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91 min
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Uri Avneri:None of them fights anti-Semitism. They fight criticism of Israel. These are two totally different things. There's hardly any anti-Semitism in the US. It's a myth.See more »

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6 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
well worth seeing, 21 August 2011
Author: gretz-569-323863 from United States

my daughter and I just watched this movie today on cable, without the benefit of any context. while it was clear that the filmmaker sided with the Mearsheimer-Walt types, I still thought it was worth watching.

to me, any time Norman Finkelstein is allowed to go on camera and give his noxious views, that's a good thing. in fact, the whole movie affirmed the idea that "anti-Zionism" is just an excuse for anti-Semitism. I think this is the opposite of what the filmmaker wanted to prove, but there it is.

if you do see this film, please remember to take it with a grain of salt. example: Finkelstein says that there is no American anti-Semitism but there IS anti-Muslim feeling. according to FBI statistics, anti-Jewish hate crimes occur 8 TIMES AS OFTEN as anti-Muslim crimes. but Finkelstein doesn't back up his assertions with facts, since he wouldn't be able to.

the problem of anti-Semitism has been with us for thousands of years, and it isn't going away any time soon. this movie contributes to the conversation if watched with an open but skeptical mind.

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