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Defamation (2009) - What is anti-Semitism today?

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DEFAMATION (Hebrew: השמצה; translit. Hashmatsa) is a 2009 documentary film by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir who embarks on a provocative -- and at times irreverent -- quest to answer …More
DEFAMATION (Hebrew: השמצה; translit. Hashmatsa) is a 2009 documentary film by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir who embarks on a provocative -- and at times irreverent -- quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Is it a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by Zionist partisans to unjustly discredit everyone that disagrees with them? In particular, the film examines the way perceptions of anti-Semitism affect Israeli and U.S. politics. 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. Shamir decided to make this film, that won Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, after a critic of an earlier film accused him of anti-Semitism. His findings are shocking, enlightening and -- surprisingly -- often wryly funny. At the beginning of the film, Shamir states that as an Israeli he has never experienced anti-Semitism himself and wants to learn more about it since references to anti-Semitism in countries all over the world are common in the Israeli media. Today, we are happy to bring you this very enlightening Israeli film in the spirit of Nostra Aetate (Latin: In our Age), Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, promulgated on October 28, 1965, by Pope Paul VI. The Declaration decries all displays of anti-Semitism made at any time by anyone. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FAIR USE NOTICE This video may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is being made available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join Una Voce Miami! Enjoy the video. Recommend it to your family and friends. Courtesy of Una Voce Miami, POB 350372, Jose Marti Station, Miami, FL 33135-0372 // unavocemiami@aol.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Únete a Una Voce Miami. Disfruta el video. Recomiéndaselo a tus amistades. Cortesía de Una Voce Miami, POB 350372, José Martí Station, Miami, FL 33135-0372 // unavocemiami@aol.com