A Must-See Film: Defamation

I urge every person on this planet to watch Yoav Shamir’s Defamation, a documentary about anti-Semitism.

The film is an astonishing exposure of the morbid conditions that entangle contemporary Jewish secular identity. It explores and ridicules the current notion of anti-Semitism and the lobbies that are engaged in disseminating such a fear. It also exposes those Jewish ethnic campaigners who, for some reason, insist on shaping their identity around the phantasmic idea of being ‘racially’ chased, defamed or hated.

Being an Israeli, Yoav Shamir, the man behind the film, has managed to infiltrate into Abe Foxman’s ADL. He even managed to join Foxman’s ‘international mission’. Shamir also followed an Israeli high school expedition to Auschwitz. He provides us with some intimate footage of Israeli youth being indoctrinated into collective anxiety and total neurosis just before they join the IDF.

The general image we are left with is no less than grotesque. The film elaborates on the aggressive, vulgar, orchestrated amplification of fear amongst Israelis and Zionist Jews. “We are raised to believe that we are hated” says an Israeli high school girl on her way to a concentration camp. “ADL provide us with a platform to be Jewish”, says an American elder Jewish woman.

Shamir provides us with an opportunity to see how badly young Israelis behave once in Poland. You watch their contempt to the local population and disrespect to Polish people and institutes. You can also watch Israelis project their hatred onto others. For some reason they are convinced that everyone out there is as merciless as they happen to be. The Israeli youngsters are saturated with fear, yet, they are having a good time, you can watch them having a party dancing in a bus all the way to a Auschwitz. You can see them munching crisps while watching a Musleman ((A physically exhausted prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.)) prisoner drinking his watered-down soup.

Dancing all the way to Auschwitz

Shamir provides us with some unusual pictures of Abe Foxman mixing with world leaders. Proudly, the ADL leader is insisting on selling his favourite product. Shamir presents the ADL’s deal in some very plain words. “We (the ADL) will be your allies in the American Congress, all we need in return is you fighting anti-Semitism along with us”. Shamir realises that if Foxman and the ADL can guarantee a free pass to the American corridors of power, then the ‘anti-Semitic’ message explored by the ‘Protocols of the Elders Of Zion’ is rather relevant and should be discussed in the open.

We can see Foxman and his international mission talking to the Ukrainian president, assuring him that the ADL could easily help him in America as long as he doesn’t “link the Holocaust and the Holodomor [the Ukrainian Holocaust]”. “It will be counter-effective” if you make such a link,” Foxman tells the Ukrainian leader.

One may wonder why Foxman, who makes a living out of Jewish disasters, is so reluctant to allow the Ukrainians to reflect on their past or to share it with others?

Good question indeed! I believe that primarily it is Jewish “choseness” that is coming into play here. Foxman doesn’t want his raison d’être i.e. the Holocaust, to be in competition with, or be eclipsed or even challenged by, any other genocide.

But it goes further. As Harvard Professor Yuri Slezkine’s confirms in his masterpiece, The Jewish Century, Jews were actually “Stalin’s willing executioners”. Bolshevik Jews were largely involved in the genocidal crimes against the Ukranian people and others. In case one wants to read about “Stalin’s Jews” in an Israeli Zionist paper, Ynet’s Sever Plocker is a good place to start. “We mustn’t forget that some of the greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish,” says the Zionist Plocker. Abe Foxman must know it all. He insists that the Ukrainians must not link their horrifying past to the Shoa [Holocaust] because he knows that too many of his people are directly involved in the crimes against the Ukrainian people.

Interestingly enough, in the film it is the orthodox Jews who defy the cry for anti-Semitism. It is a rabbi who argues that Abe Foxman creates anti-Semitism “because he needs a job”. Another rabbi argues that, unlike orthodox Jews who intrinsically associate their Jewishness with Judaism, the cry for anti-Semitism is a Jewish secular phenomenon that satisfies the secular Jew’s craving for identity.

This indeed makes a lot of sense: once you take Judaism from the Jew all you are left with is “chicken soup” and “anti-Semitism”. Foxman had to choose whether to open a kosher delicatessen or chase anti-Semites. He clearly has chosen the latter. He and his crypto Zionists within the left and the media are making a career out of amplifying the fear of being persecuted.

Uri Avnery and Norman Finkelstein, both of whom appear in the film, argue that anti-Semitism is exaggerated. I, on the other hand, believe that resentment towards Jewish politics is rising rapidly and constantly, but I differentiate between the Judeo-centric notion of anti-Semitism and political resentment towards Jewish ideology. I do not regard anti-Jewish activity as a form of anti-Semitism or racial hatred, for Jews are neither Semites nor do they form a racial continuum whatsoever.

The rise of hatred towards any form of Jewish politics and Jewish lobbies is a reaction to a tribal, chauvinist and supremacist ideology. If political Jews, whether Zionist or “Jewish anti-Zionists”, are worried about losing popularity, all they need to do is learn to look in the mirror. Self-reflection is liberation as long as one is courageous enough to face the truth.

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and Being in Time and is one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached via his website. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 15th, 2010 at 10:15am #

    I abhor and fear all cults. To me, judaism, mosheism, or talmudism is a cult.
    It is, tho, much smaller cult than christianity or islam; however, it is more hateful of ‘jews’ and nonjews than the other two cults.
    Christianity apears more perilous than the other two; islam being the worst towards women. tnx

  2. kalidas said on January 15th, 2010 at 10:36am #

    Jews are just like everyone else, only more so..

    A perfect example of this is their fervor, their willingness to exceed the mercy of Christ himself. For even as Jesus died for our sins, the Jews are willing to go one further and commit our sins for us..

    (thanks lobro)

  3. Maryb said on January 15th, 2010 at 11:26am #

    I regard this as a very important film. It shows the mechanisms by which – exclusiveness, victim-hood, constant external threat and a sense of superiority is maintained by propaganda and indoctrination. It also shows how violent death of one’s forebears, and now of the ‘other’, is natural. The scheme has distinct Talmudic overtones. The Christian and Muslim emphasis on forgiveness does not emerge.

    It was shown on More 4, a UK terrestrial TV channel recently, and is available to view free for the next 27 days (presumably in the UK only) on their replay facility –


  4. politika said on January 15th, 2010 at 9:30pm #

    defamation was kind of ok but i thought that finkelstein was turned into ridicule.
    a bit superficial for me. it is clear where shamir’s views where.
    abe foxman and finkelstein deserved better.
    for a definitive film on finkelstein i’ll advise
    to watch the film american radical. i caugt it at idfa.
    their site is http://www.americanradicalthefilm.com
    quite moving and some great soundbites !!!!

  5. jon s said on January 16th, 2010 at 12:38am #

    I haven’t seen the film yet, so I won’t comment on it, but I would point out that there is also a Jewish tradition of forgiveness (expressed, for example , on Yom Kippur and the days leading up to it).
    I also wonder about your use of the term “Talmudic”. What do you mean? I wonder what you know about the Talmud.

  6. Rehmat said on January 16th, 2010 at 4:18am #

    Hi Jon – Judaism is based on ‘vengeance’ and not forgiveness. You should learn it from ‘horse-mouth’ – Israeli professor Israel shahak in his book ‘Jewish Religion, Jewish History’.

    Tlamud is full of hatred towards Jesus, his mother Mary, Christians and the rest of Gentiles.

    Yom Kippur is rememberance of Israelites’ exodus from Egypt – which incidently, is also remembered by Muslims by fasting on 9th and 11 of month of Muharram. However, Rabbi David Wolpe and many other Jew scholars believe it to be a myth created by the later-day Jews.


  7. deceschi said on January 16th, 2010 at 9:13am #

    rehmat –

    the Talmud is of course not “full of hatred”, as ignoramus may believe. The Talmud is a book about life and gives lessons and insights on the proper ethical behavior in this life. The theaching of the masters of the Talmud is based on the method of dialectical debate, this means the situations and cases discussed should not be taken literally, but rather as symbolic examples of dialectic reasoning and reflection to achieve the correct interpretation from a perspective of ethical conduct. Dialectics is not for everybody, and certainly not for bigots blinded by their obsession.

    Also Judaism is of course not based on vengeance, only a very superficial and biased opinion of the Jewish religion can say nonsense like that.

  8. jon s said on January 16th, 2010 at 9:29am #

    With respect, I don’t have to “learn about” Judaism from a book by Shahak, I’m Jewish myself and I’m not ignorant.
    I think you’ve confused Yom Kippur with Passover. Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement” , an occasion for soul-searching, repentance and forgiveness. Passover is the holiday which celebrates the liberation from bondage in Egypt. There may, or may not, be a historical basis for the story, but that’s not what’s important for most Jews today,

  9. kalidas said on January 16th, 2010 at 10:02am #

    Here’s a selective teaching or two, in practice, from the (Ha Ha) “masters.”
    Masters of what, you ask?
    Well, it’s not exactly a secret, is it.


  10. deceschi said on January 16th, 2010 at 11:58am #

    Maybe this master could help you to lern a bit more elaborate and dialectical way of thinking ….

  11. kalidas said on January 16th, 2010 at 12:04pm #

    Spoken like a born lawyer.
    Perhaps the Ethiopian “Jews” need to lern it afer me.

  12. Rehmat said on January 16th, 2010 at 1:26pm #

    Well – Are you a Jew with a PhD – because professor Israel shahak was only Jewish but had a PhD? As for your ‘self-denial’ is concerned – science has not found a remedy for that as yet.

    I guess helping Nazis against fellow Jews and murdering 100,000 Arab Jews from heavy doses of radiation – must be part of your Jewish “Atonement”.

    Anyway, world after watching Jewish barbarism in Palestine and Lebanon – give a hoot how peaceful face you paint for Judaism.

    Now back to the topic….


  13. jon s said on January 16th, 2010 at 2:40pm #

    Prof. Shahak had, as I recall, a PhD in Chemistry. Nothing to make him uniquely qualified…
    In your recent posts you have made the following accusations:
    -helping the Nazis
    -murdering 100,00 “Arab Jews” by radiation(!)
    -destroying Christianity in the West
    -destroying the Ottoman Empire

    Each accusation more absurd than the other. I can’t imagine that you actually believe such nonsense (but,then, maybe you do…)