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Defamation (2009)

Hashmatsa (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 2009 (Israel)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Shamir ... Himself, also narrator and interviewer
Abraham Foxman Abraham Foxman ... Himself
Bob Wolfson Bob Wolfson ... Himself - ADL Regional Director
Notav Notav ... Herself
Adi Adi ... Herself
Yaiv Yaiv ... Himself
Reuven Reuven ... Himself
Perlin Perlin ... Herself
Ov Ov ... Himself
Noah Klinger Noah Klinger ... Himself - Journalist
Joel Levi Joel Levi ... Himself - ADL Regional Director New York
Dov Hikind Dov Hikind ... Himself - Assemblyman
Benjamin Lifschitz Benjamin Lifschitz ... Himself - Reporter
Abraham Hecht Abraham Hecht ... Himself (as Rabbi Hecht)
Gianfranco Fini Gianfranco Fini ... Himself
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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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Israel | Denmark | USA | Austria

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Hebrew | English

Release Date:

2009 (Israel) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,725, 20 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,410, 13 December 2009
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Dolby SR

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Color
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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.
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A Great Look at the Realities of Anti-Semitism
27 November 2011 | by gavin6942See 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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