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German public TV to show antisemitism documentary that ARTE refused to broadcast
German public TV to show antisemitism documentary that ARTE refused to broadcast

ARD, the consortium of public televisions in Germany, will finally broadcast on Wednesday evening a documentary on the rise of antisemitism in Europe that French-German channel ARTE refused to show.

The documentary, ‘’Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe,’’ was originally commissioned by ARTE.

ARD, which is the world’s largest public broadcaster, said the topic of the documentary was important.

‘’We have thoroughly tested the film and I have decided to put it in a transparent way and make it accessible to a wide audience so that viewers can form their own opinion,’’ said Volker Herres, Director of Programmes at ARD.

Volker Beck, a lawmaker for the Green Party in the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, who had urged ARTE to show the documentary, welcomed ARD’s move:

‘’I welcome ARD’s willingness to show the antisemitism documentary. Now everybody can form an opinion. And that is good.”

ARTE’s programme director, Alain le Diberder, said that his channel decided not to air the program because its producers, Joachim Schroeder and Sophie Hafner, had said the documentary would focus on antisemitism in Europe, whereas in reality it ended up dealing mainly with the phenomenon in the Arab world.

ARTE’s decision drew angry reactions in Germany, from the Central Council of German Jews, the country’s EJC affiliate, and in Israel, but also from public figures, among them scholars, politicians and artists who acclaimed the documentary.

The 90-minute film covers the various forms of Jew hatred that prevail in Europe and showcases the relationship between antisemitism and bashing of Israel within the media.  

It covers antisemitism in children’s programming in the Middle East, physical threats to Jews in French and German cities and the role of antisemitism in the media.

 Click here to read the full article in EJP

Monday, June 19, 2017
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