Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another Israel-bashing film at the SFJFF!

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the anti-Israel, anti-semitic (there, we said it) gift that keeps on giving!

Not willing to settle for merely assaulting the Jewish state with the one-two punch of the screening of the hagiographic flick "Rachel" followed by a live presentation by the mother of the no-longer-with-us pro-terror activist, the ever-transgressive SFJFF is also presenting a charming documentary called "Defamation".

To get an idea of what this film is about, let's have a look at the what the East Bay Express has to say about "Defamation":
... Israeli writer-director Yoav Shamir has a potentially touchier sociopolitical axe of his own to grind in his documentary Defamation, which plays the Castro on July 26 and the Roda, August 6. Shamir asks: What is anti-Semitism today, two generations after the Holocaust?

Good question. To answer it, keen-eyed filmmaker Shamir (Checkpoint, Flipping Out) jets back and forth across the globe, from an Israeli-sponsored student tour of the death camps at Auschwitz to Crown Heights, Brooklyn to a Moscow synagogue to the Vatican to the offices of the Anti-Defamation League, which is where the investigation starts producing heat. More than one observer is suspicious of the ADL's motives in keeping track of even the smallest anti-Semitic incidents around the world, and of the ADL's cozy relationship with the Israeli military.

One thing seems to bother such commentators as Israeli peacenik Uri Avnery, blackballed historian Norman Finkelstein, and political scientists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt: that the "Israeli Lobby" of neo-cons in the United States is using charges of anti-Semitism to silence critics of Israeli policy, especially toward Palestine. Avnery goes so far as to say that, "The phenomenon of anti-Semitism only exists in the Israeli media and in the minds of the Jewish big shots of the world who make a living fighting anti-Semitism."

Are people who criticize Israel really anti-Semites in disguise? No, say Shamir's subjects, who see the rise of the "anti-Semitic and Holocaust industries" in the United States and elsewhere — Auschwitz in particular has become a macabre theme park where Israeli paramilitary groups parade — as the leading edge of attempts by Israeli and American rightwing Jews to shut down objections to Israel's aggression toward Palestinians. Defamation (Hashmatsa), yet another example of the Jewish Film Festival's fearless refusal to play it safe, is sure to provoke discussion, especially after the scene in which a weary-looking Israeli man visiting Auschwitz speaks his mind: "We perpetuate death, and that's why we will never become a normal people, because we emphasize death and what happened."

"Fearless refusal to play it safe?" More like "neurotic tendency to hate one's self!"

Can we please skip this year's Festival and use the generous community funding normally spent on this hate-fest to send SFJFF honcho Peter Stein and his pals off for the therapy they so clearly require?


  1. Ploni Ben-Ploni backs away from the logical conclusion to his argument. The SFJFF people, Avnery, Finklestein, and their ilk do not necessarily hate themselves. They hate Jews and their institutions. They are anti-semites as he says at the beginning of his piece. That they are themselves Jews excuses nothing.

  2. Jack and I may simply disagree a tad regarding semantics. I fully agree that these folks are anti-semites, and that the fact that they are themselves Jews excuses nothing. When I say "self-hating", I mean that, as Jewish anti-semites, they hate that Jewish part of themselves. Clearly some of these folks are in love with themselves otherwise.

  3. Ploni, you constantly call this festival a "hate fest," ignoring the fact that you yourself are perpetrating and perpetuating hatred and extremism. I just returned home from watching the film Defamation and was stunned by how important films like this are to our discussion of the world around us, as Jews, and as witnesses to both true anti-Semitism as well as the hijacking of the anti-Semitism debate by extremists on both sides.

  4. Anonymous: that's really rich. You and the StormFront neo-nazis are in perfect alignment regarding your admiration for attacks on the ADL in a flick like "Defamation" and the supposed "hijacking" of the term antisemitism by the evil you-know-who's in order to suppress discussion of their diabolical plots.

    Oh, and please don't tell me that you're Jewish and therefore can't be an antisemite. Some of the biggest antisemites in history were and are antisemites, ranging from Karl Marx to Norman Finkelstein to Israel Shahak (an Israel to boot -- bonus points).

  5. Do you really believe that calling strangers "neo-Nazis" is in any way representative of Tikkun Olam -- or even following the commenting guidelines on your own blog? Do you believe there is any chance for peace when attitudes likes yours are in the debate? Your tone and language are no different than our enemies. Have you even SEEN the film you are commenting on? Yes, I am Jewish, and although its certainly possible for Jews to be anti-Semites I am not one. I am just a clear-thinking, logical, rational mid-20-year-old. I believe that is the attitude my generation will adopt. Hopefully extremists like yourself (as well as extremists like Finkelstein, who in the film comes off looking like the ignorant fool that he is) will be the voices pushed to the margins as the rest of us seek a solution, not destruction.

  6. Self hating jews like norman finklestein

    are what black people would call "uncle toms".

    The infuriating reality for kapos like norman finklestein is that the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2 europe.


Comments including racist, bigoted, obscene or otherwise objectionable content may be deleted. Publication of comments does not imply endorsement of the comment contents by the proprietor of this blog.