Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ", will lead to violence against Jews

Dennis Prager (townhall.com), a practicing Jew, has watched Mel Gibson's new movie "The Passion of the Christ" and has written a great review:

Early this past summer, Mel Gibson invited me to see "The Passion," his film on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The invitation was significant in that I was the first practicing Jew and active member of the American Jewish community to be invited. He did so because he believed, correctly, that he could trust me. I have long worked to build trust between Jews and Christians, especially traditional Christians.

The increasing tension over this film has reinforced impressions I offered Mel Gibson that day. When watching "The Passion," Jews and Christians are watching two entirely different films.

For two hours, Christians watch their Savior tortured and killed. For the same two hours, Jews watch Jews arrange the killing and torture of the Christians' Savior. [...]

First, what Jews see. The Jews in the film (except, of course, for those who believe in Jesus) are cruel and often sadistic. One prominent Christian who saw the film along with my wife and me said that while watching the film he wanted to take a gun and shoot those who had brought such pain to Jesus. I couldn't blame him. The Jews in the film manipulate the Romans -- who are depicted as patsies of the Jews and in the case of Pilate, as morally far more elevated -- into torturing and murdering a beautiful man.

Why does this bother Jews so much? Because for nearly 2,000 years, attacked as "Christ-killers," countless Jewish men, women and children were tortured and murdered in ways that often caused more suffering than even Jesus endured (e.g., not only tortured and murdered themselves, but also seeing their families and friends raped, tortured and murdered). For Jews to worry that a major movie made by one of the world's superstars depicts Jews as having Christ tortured and killed might arouse anti-Semitic passions is not paranoid. Even though Islam denies the crucifixion, it is difficult to imagine that this film will not be a hit in the virulently anti-Semitic Arab world.

It is essential that Christians understand this. Every Jew, secular, religious, assimilated, left-wing, right-wing, fears being killed because he is Jewish. This is the best-kept secret about Jews, who are widely perceived as inordinately secure and powerful. But it is the only universally held sentiment among Jews. After the Holocaust and with Islamic terrorists seeking to murder Jews today, this, too, is not paranoid.

Racist, anti-Semitic bastards do not need excuses for their hate and violence (click here or here for some examples). This movie, made by Mel Gibson, which depicts hooked-nosed, greedy Jews, conspiring to kill Jesus Christ only adds fuel to the fire. Here's a possible scenario:

I was walking down Market St. a couple of days ago, whistling happily while rearranging my kipa due to the heavy winds.

All of a sudden this guy came out of nowhere and after tackling me, he (and a few others) started kicking, punching and cursing me. Barely conscious I asked: "What the hell? Why are you doing this to me?"

The racist mob answered: "You killed Christ, damn Jew!"

I said: "What? That's not true, and Jesus was killed two thousand years ago."

He simply answered: "Yes, but we just saw Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ' a few minutes ago."

I personally am convinced that American Jews will not be persecuted, but it is clear that racist bastards in certain Islamic and European countries will not hesitate to persecute and maybe even kill Jews. They will use Mel Gibson's movie as another excuse for murdering.

I copy the rest of the article below, it also includes some suggestions for Jews that watch the movie.





The Passion: Jews and Christians are watching different films
Dennis Prager, October 28, 2003, Link

Early this past summer, Mel Gibson invited me to see "The Passion," his film on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The invitation was significant in that I was the first practicing Jew and active member of the American Jewish community to be invited. He did so because he believed, correctly, that he could trust me. I have long worked to build trust between Jews and Christians, especially traditional Christians.

The increasing tension over this film has reinforced impressions I offered Mel Gibson that day. When watching "The Passion," Jews and Christians are watching two entirely different films.

For two hours, Christians watch their Savior tortured and killed. For the same two hours, Jews watch Jews arrange the killing and torture of the Christians' Savior.

In order to avoid further tension between two wonderful communities that had been well on their way to historic amity, it is crucial for each to try to understand what film the other is watching and reacting to.

First, what Jews see. The Jews in the film (except, of course, for those who believe in Jesus) are cruel and often sadistic. One prominent Christian who saw the film along with my wife and me said that while watching the film he wanted to take a gun and shoot those who had brought such pain to Jesus. I couldn't blame him. The Jews in the film manipulate the Romans -- who are depicted as patsies of the Jews and in the case of Pilate, as morally far more elevated -- into torturing and murdering a beautiful man.

Why does this bother Jews so much? Because for nearly 2,000 years, attacked as "Christ-killers," countless Jewish men, women and children were tortured and murdered in ways that often caused more suffering than even Jesus endured (e.g., not only tortured and murdered themselves, but also seeing their families and friends raped, tortured and murdered). For Jews to worry that a major movie made by one of the world's superstars depicts Jews as having Christ tortured and killed might arouse anti-Semitic passions is not paranoid. Even though Islam denies the crucifixion, it is difficult to imagine that this film will not be a hit in the virulently anti-Semitic Arab world.

It is essential that Christians understand this. Every Jew, secular, religious, assimilated, left-wing, right-wing, fears being killed because he is Jewish. This is the best-kept secret about Jews, who are widely perceived as inordinately secure and powerful. But it is the only universally held sentiment among Jews. After the Holocaust and with Islamic terrorists seeking to murder Jews today, this, too, is not paranoid.

However, what Jews need to understand is that most American Christians watching this film do not see "the Jews" as the villains in the passion story historically, let alone today. First, most American Christians -- Catholic and Protestant -- believe that a sinning humanity killed Jesus, not "the Jews." Second, they know that Christ's entire purpose was to come to this world and to be killed for humanity's sins. To the Christian, God made it happen, not the Jews or the Romans (the Book of Acts says precisely that). Third, a Christian who hates Jews today for what he believes some Jews did 2,000 years ago only reflects on the low moral, intellectual and religious state of that Christian. Imagine what Jews would think of a Jew who hated Egyptians after watching "The Ten Commandments," and you get an idea of how most Christians would regard a Christian who hated Jews after watching "The Passion."

Jews also need to understand another aspect of "The Passion" controversy. Just as Jews are responding to centuries of Christian anti-Semitism (virtually all of it in Europe), many Christians are responding to decades of Christian-bashing -- films and art mocking Christian symbols, a war on virtually any public Christian expression (from the death of the Christmas party to the moral identification of fundamentalist Christians with fundamentalist Muslims). Moreover, many Jewish groups and media people now attacking "The Passion" have a history of irresponsibly labeling conservative Christians anti-Semitic.

I cannot say that I am happy this film was made. Nevertheless, if the vast majority of Christians and Jews of goodwill try hard to understand what film the other is watching, some good can yet result. The last thing Jews need is to create tension with their best friends. And the last thing Christians need is a renewal of Christian hatred toward Jesus' people.

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The entire human race is guilty of killing christ....not just jews. Proof...Catholics,Muslims massacred innocent gentiles/pagans/jews although the lord christ said LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Posted by: Tom Peter at February 28, 2004 12:58 AM


Dennis Prager's analysis of this film's anticipated viewer reaction by both sides is the most objective, balanced and factual I have read on this subject. While he is right that Jews could be understood to be concerned about this movie and that they should not fear the reaction of American Christians, the fact of the matter is that this film be shown around the world, not only in the United States...

Posted by: Peter at February 28, 2004 01:13 AM


It is true that the Jewish religious rulers were responsible for killing Jesus. That, however, is no reason for bashing Jewish people. As a Christian, the death of Jesus Christ is much more than "who killed Jesus Christ". The plan was God's which transcends anything we might have to say with respect to who is responsible. Christians must remember that "salvation is of the Jews", not the Gentile. God closed the eyes of a significant number of His own elect so that we Gentiles might have the right to the tree of Life, and we are also a remnant. We need to remember the Jews in our prayers and pray for the Peace of Israel. All Christians know that the Peace of Israel can only be given by the Prince of Peace. Let us not seperate our hearts about who killed Jesus, but rather bind our hearts with hope because of His death and resurrection. His finished works is responsible for bridging the gap between God and man. That is what we need to share with all Jews and Gentiles.

Posted by: Cheryll Chakrabarti at February 28, 2004 04:16 AM


Hi, I am christian and I think everybody killed jesus, that's why we say that he died because of our sins. Jews helped a lot on this, but he always knew he was gonna die, is the way it was planned so that we would realize our mistake. By the way that possible escenario is somewhat funny; "Yes, but we just saw Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ' a few minutes ago."
To be honest, if somebody is gonna beat up a jew after watching the film, is because that person was already anti-semitic, watching the film only gives them an excuse, but they were gonna find one anyways. Do jews beat up german people after watching the schindler's list or the pianist?.....I didn't think so

Posted by: Bacanito at February 29, 2004 04:07 PM


if christians are to harm jews and jews are to fear their reaction, just because they had seen a movie about the suffering of christ, i say: Congratulations Mel Gibson, he must of done a great job producing and directing,and bringing out the graphic truth. I believe it's the intensity of the graphics that send fear in both christian and jew, i was affected by it at the moment, no more, it's a movie, just another way to show people a wisemans' suffering and make money.
christianity dictates to live by the words and acts of christ, not mel gibson's actions and cuts.
love, peace and forgiveness are the key.
respectfully, a lebanese christian

Posted by: live and let die at March 8, 2004 06:08 PM


I don’t subscribe to all the fuss about victimising Jews for Killing Christ, as boosted in Gibson’s Passion of Christ.
If we see it the other way, the Jews were destined to bring salvation to us Christians after our downfall & they delivered! The book of Acts even exonerates the Jews by saying that God facilitated it!
They should be hailed for that! Let Jews be!
Our Lord has since forgiven them…& us. We should all share collective responsibility for the murder of that fine man, Jesus Christ, otherwise, anyone loathing Jews for their 'sins committed' some 2000-odd years ago should be seen as being appalling & un charitable, talk less of being Human.
We humans ought to be too busy to be seeking for sacrificial lambs over what a fellow (Mel Gibson) did for capitalist gains. I however admire his [Mel's] creativity.
Anikamadu Mike.
Catholic, Nigeria.
e-mail: anixmike@yahoo.com
Phone: 234-8046-112260

Posted by: Anikamadu Michael at June 26, 2004 02:33 AM


Just rem God is one, whether he is jesus, allah, Krishna. He is all but one he wants us to figure that out for ourselves and when we realise god is one, we know ourselves.

Posted by: NONE at March 30, 2005 06:26 AM


Christ Died for the whole world regardless of race, religion or nation. The movie has had a possitive impact on many of us.

There is a favour I would like to ask of Mel Gibson's Studio, I would like to have All the Pictures Of the Passion of Christ in A3 size for me to Frame and place in a prayers house for daily prayer of the way of the cross, this prayer room is very special and a reparation area, having those photos will be very helpful, let me know if this is possible.

God bless you.

regards


Irene A. Ambani

Posted by: Irene A. Ambani at September 28, 2005 12:50 AM


Christ Died for the whole world regardless of race, religion or nation. The movie has had a possitive impact on many of us.

There is a favour I would like to ask of Mel Gibson's Studio, I would like to have All the Pictures Of the Passion of Christ in A3 size for me to Frame and place in a prayer house for daily prayer of the way of the cross, this prayer room is very special and a reparation area, having those photos will be very helpful, let me know if this is possible.

God bless you.

regards


Irene A. Ambani

Posted by: Irene A. Ambani at September 28, 2005 12:53 AM


Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ", will lead to a moral withdrawal toward the Jews/Israel. As you can see now, some political and religious parties on the right/center are less supported of Israel. As America become more terrorize and demoralize because of the war, and at the same time America re-discovers Mel Gibson's old european faith, you will see a move away from Jews/Israel in national policies. It will lead to a “knew not Joseph(Holocaust)" altitude, as you see today in France. There are some small religious groups in the USA that love Jews/Israel, but they are becoming more marginalized.

Sorry.

Posted by: at November 12, 2005 10:32 PM


I have an idea for a movie, does anyone
off hand have Mel Gibson's email address.

I am able to write to bands, but can not
locate his email address.

Posted by: linda at December 23, 2005 04:18 PM


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