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Call To Action
Movie documents rising tides of
anti-Jewish fervor worldwide.
oston-area filmmaker and
Jewish activist/educator Gloria
Greenfield can play both
defense and offense.
Speaking on Feb. 6 to the more
than 400 people who had just viewed
Unmasked Judeophobia — The Threat
To Civilization at the Berman Center
for the Performing Arts at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield,
she said her 2008 film, The Case for Israe•
Democracy's Outpost, played defense
while this new film from her Doc Emet
Productions is playing offense.
"I'm concerned about existential
issues here she said. "We are not facing
being barred from country clubs; there
is a lethal anti-Semitism, and there are
state-sanctioned calls for killing Jews
wherever they can be found and for
destroying Israel as a Jewish homeland.
We must open our eyes and recognize
what is happening around the world; it
will happen here if we fail to act."
Judeophobia, the hatred of Jews, is more
commonly known as anti-Semitism.
The film, which begins by exploring
Christian anti-Semitism, methodically
moves through Nazi Germany and its
support from the (Muslim) Mufti of
Jerusalem, to the Muslim Brotherhood,
the historic forgery The Protocols of the
Learned Elders of Zion, to modern-day
Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and anti-Jewish
and anti-Israel activity in Europe and
on North American college
The history lesson and
analysis of current events is
presented as a call to action.
"The primary perpetrator
and spreader of lethal anti-
Semitism around the world is
the radical Islamic movement': Greenfield
says, having made the case at length in
her film. "It is not Islamophobia to say
that. Until we say it we will not be able to
have an impact. Instead of just waiting
to hear them out, we need to stand up
together and take actions:'
Given Jewish history, "if we want to
look at the Jewish community we're
going to see a lot of pathology because
we are a damaged people': she said, "but
if we focus on hostilities [in our Jewish
community], we miss the major issue:'
Greenfield strongly endorsed the
efforts of the Inter-Parliamentary
Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
(ICCA) led by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian
Member of Parliament (MP) and
prominent human rights and Israel
activist, and English MP John Mann.
ICCA brings together more than 250
parliamentarians from 46 countries to
fight against resurgent global anti-Sem-
itism (www.antisem.org ). She pointed
to its resolution against anti-Semitism,
the Ottawa Protocol, that was recently
signed by the Canadian government,
saying it was unique and stronger than
anything the United States has signed.
"We must have strong defenders and
stop appeasing tyrants': Greenfield said.
"We can't expect our children to stand
up and fight unless they see us standing
up in our communities."
Unmasked Judeophobia is being trans-
lated into seven languages for broadcast
in Spain, Latin America, the Middle East
"and, hopefully, in this country as well;'
David Victor of West Bloomfield,
who directs the International Business
Program at Eastern Michigan University,
found the film impressive.
"It makes a strong case that the
strength of the opposition to the State
of Israel and the threat to Jews is not
simply because of Jewish support for
Israel," he said.
The program was the first of a
three-part series presented by the
Zionist Organization of America-
Michigan Region. Co-sponsors were
the Holocaust Memorial Center in
Farmington Hills, StandWithUs
Michigan and the B'nai B'rith Great
Lakes Region, with support from 17
area synagogues and community
groups. For more information on
Unmasked Judeophobia, visit www.
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