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Friday, November 18, 2005

Did you hear no Jews died on 9-11?
Well at least this is that vile that is spread in Middle Eastern schools and coffee shops all over the Arab World. Israelis are already being blamed by Palestinians in Jordan for the recent bombings in Amman. On the heals of this is a documentary seeking to shed a light on the phenomenon of Anti-Semitic slander since 9-11 (and I would argue since the beginning of the Intifada in 2000).

In this eye-opening documentary, filmmaker Marc Levin explores the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the wake of September 11th. Not long after 9/11, Levin was riding in a New York taxi when his driver, an Egyptian immigrant, made the disturbing claim that the Jews had been warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center on the day of the attack. The driver then said that "it's all written in the book," referring to 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' a notorious forgery created 100 years ago this year, purporting to be the Jews' master plan to rule the world. Long ago, discredited as a fake, 'The Protocols' was a crucial influence on Hitler, and has fueled hatred, violence and ultimately genocide through the first half of the twentieth century. Levin soon discovered that 'The Protocols' seem as popular as ever -- they are sold on Amazon and until recently at Wal-Mart. Deeply disturbed by this phenomenon, Levin embarked on a personal odyssey to learn more. Armed with his camera and appearing on screen along with his subjects, Levin engages in a free-for-all dialogue with Arab Americans, Black nationalists, Christian evangelists, White supremacists, Kabbalist rabbis, Holocaust survivors and the founder of the amazingly popular Jew Watch Web site. Levin's genuinely curious and sometimes confrontational conversations combine to form a probing and provocative portrait of our so-called modern civilization caught in the grips of a most ancient hatred.

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