Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: Legitimizing Anti-Semitism

By Manfred Gerstenfeld, Abraham Foxman

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), May 1, 2006

In this interview, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes his agency's and his own personal response to Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ." Given the infamous ability of Passion plays to foment hatred and violence against Jews, the ADL felt it imperative to reach out to Gibson, though the agency was rebuffed on more than one occasion. According to Foxman, the film portrays Jews in an extremely negative light which harms their image and additionally serves to provoke future anti-Semitism.

Topic: Movies, Jewish-Christian Relations, Antisemitism, Film, Religion

Name of Publication: Institute for Global Jewish Affairs

Volume/Issue: 44

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Foxman, Abraham. Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: Legitimizing Anti-Semitism. Institute for Global Jewish Affairs. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1 May 2006:


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