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posted 25 Apr 2017, 14:03 by Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin


It’s Movie Night at the Lodzer!

(I agree - that’s sick.)


Using richly layered interviews with Jewish writers, academics, journalists and communal figures, veteran Australian filmmaker Monique Schwartz explores the history of centuries of anti-Semitism around the world, exposing sinister new variations of this oldest hatred that are taking root in Western society today.

Propaganda, half-truths and media bias have primed “politically correct” intellectuals to demonize Israel. In the name of anti-imperialism, antiracism and pacifism politicians, media pundits, filmmakers, feminists, students and academics condemn Israel’s attempts to defend itself even as it struggles with the relentless hostilities of Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, and the Palestinian terrorists whose bombings, shootings and stabbings are  weekly occurrences on Israel’s streets.  The radical Islamic threat on Israel’s borders and within them is ignored and belittled, and Israel’s response to that threat criticized as imperialist and racist.

Meanwhile, in the shape of ISIS and other organizations, a pernicious and radical new form of Islam not connected to mainstream and peaceful Islam, is spreading its violence across the world. Innocent civilians are being slaughtered at airports,  metro stations, cafes and places of entertainment, most recently in France, Turkey, and Belgium. While Western governments are slowly and belatedly beginning to wake  to the scale of the war that is being waged against them, their intelligence communities are not sufficiently coordinated to thwart these attacks and there is the added challenge that many terrorists were born and radicalized in the very European cities they are attempting to destroy.


And yet…

Israel’s struggles are for the most part not validated. Not in democratic parliaments, not on university campuses, not in the UN, not in the Western media, not among the NGO’s and not in all the other so-called bastions of Western democratic liberty. Even as Western governments use Israel’s expertise to train and arm their troops, protect their civilians, erect their security structures and develop sophisticated surveillance systems, they demonize and isolate the Jewish state—its government, its economy and its public institutions.

European and American media are some of the worst offenders, regularly `”inverting” their headlines to  suggest that murderers who kidnap Israeli soldiers, and terrorists who shoot families in their homes, are the victims of the conflict and not its perpetrators.
What is the cause of this double standard?

Beyond Paranoia is a visually exciting and multi-layered film, combining archival and home movie footage, paintings, photographs, animation, contemporary visuals, text and interviews.

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At the end of the film asks us about the future. What will be the result of this sustained political, social, military, academic, journalistic and religious assault on the Jews and numerous non-Jews who live in Israel today?

Wednesday, May 10th, at 7:30pm

At the Lodzer