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Sunday, 07 January 2007 05:52
Rascist Redux: 21st Century Anti-Semitism

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TV - Today, many parts of the world are experiencing a massive resurgence of anti-Semitism - from hate propaganda, to vandalism, to violent attacks on Jews themselves. Worldwide, since the year 2000, major violent acts against Jews and Jewish institutions have nearly doubled from 1990s levels. People are asking: Why is this happening? What real threats does it pose? And what roles do Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict really play? The answers will surprise almost everyone.




Premieres on PBS, Monday, January 8, 2007
10:00-11:00PM EST (check local listings)

Hosted and narrated by veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence explores the roots of anti-Semitism and examines how and why it continues to flourish today. The 60-minute documentary was written, produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Goldberg is also the producer of the recent PBS film The Armenian Genocide.

In June 2006, a poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed that over 97 percent of Egyptians and Jordanians hold "unfavorable opinions of Jews." Among scholars, journalists and experts, there is little disagreement that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Throughout the Arab and Islamic world, overt hatred of Jews has become commonplace in mainstream media. Across the Middle East, a recent 30-part mini-series depicts Jews murdering a Christian child to make Matzo with his blood; anti-Semitic commentaries and cartoons appear regularly in newspapers.

"I think it is dangerous to underestimate the importance of propaganda and rhetoric in terms of harming people," explains Salameh Nematt, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, Al Hayat Newspaper. "This anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attitude is victimizing a huge number of people."

Says host Judy Woodruff, "We live in a time of growing intolerance, especially religious intolerance, and it is unsettling to see anti-Semitism on the rise once again. As a journalist, I am proud to be associated with this documentary, which sheds light on a particularly troubling form of hateful behavior."

Filmed in Syria, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, France and the US, Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence includes interviews with David Ignatius of the Washington Post; Israeli Knesset Member Natan Sharanksy; Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi; New York Times best-selling author and NYU Professor Tony Judt; Professor Hisham Ahmed of Birzeit University, Ramallah; Hassam Hamed, Head of Egyptian State Television and others.

Through extraordinary and disturbing archival footage, interviews with leading experts, and bold man-on-the-street interviews, Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence weaves together the past and the present to explore the evolution and re-birth of an age-old prejudice.
Producer Andrew Goldberg is the owner of Two Cats Productions in New York City. His television credits include numerous documentaries and long form programming for PBS, ABC News, E!, CNN and others. His recent documentary, The Armenian Genocide, aired nationally on PBS in 2006. It was described as "powerful" by the New York Times, "serious, literate and heartbreaking" by the NJ Star Ledger, and garnered outstanding reviews and coverage from virtually every major newspaper in the US. His previous productions include A Yiddish World Remembered for PBS, which won an Emmy in 2002, and The Armenians, A Story of Survival, which aired on PBS stations nationally in 2002 and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle. He has also written and produced commercials for such companies as BellSouth, Sephora/Louis Vuitton, AT&T, PetSmart and others.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is a major provider of programs for the PBS national primetime schedule and American Public Television (APT), producing a variety of freestanding documentary specials and series. OPB is also a statewide network of community-supported learning resources, including OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and OPB Radio, presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR), American Public Media (APM) and Public Radio International (PRI). The OPB Web site is opb.org.

Major Funding for Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence is provided by: Stockton Media, Harvey and Constance Krueger, The Marc and Diane Spilker Foundation, The David B. Heller Foundation, and The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation.

DVD copies of Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence are available for $29.95 + S & H. Offer made by: Oregon Public Broadcasting, 1-800-440-2651. Or visit www.twocatstv.com.

Photos for Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence are available online at pbs.org/pressroom. Additional photos are available at pressroom.opb.org.

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