Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence

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10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8
KCET

You would think, especially after Mel Gibson's well-publicized tirade last year, that there isn't much new left to be said about anti-Semitism. It's just this stubbornly irrational hatred of Jews that makes them a scapegoat for some and a convenient diversion from the problems of others.

Nonetheless, producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Prods. puts his finger on new mutations of the ancient prejudice. The vicious lies that, for centuries, have been the foundation of European anti-Semitism now have been imported by Arab media, schools and governments. Throughout much of history, Arabs didn't exactly consider Jews as brothers but, up until a century ago, they at least considered Jews to be human. Now, Arabs adopt as truth the most vile and discredited falsehoods ever created in Russia and Europe, schooling Arab children to believe that Jews are in a league with the devil and unfit to inhabit the Earth.

Not only has this new and virulent strain of anti-Semitism found fertile ground in the Middle East, it has been reintroduced to Europe through the migration of a million or so Muslims each year. As a result, hate crimes against Jews are on the rise.

Judy Woodruff narrates this comprehensive look at the past, present and future of anti-Semitism. Sometimes complex, often infuriating and always eye-opening, Goldberg has performed a real service by analyzing the toxic mixture of ignorance and hatred and explaining why it has been so impervious to enlightenment and civilization for so long.
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