ADL's Foxman: Mel Gibson 'Infected' With Anti-Semitism
Marc Morano, CNSNews.com
NEW YORK – A prominent Jewish leader declared that movie
actor and director Mel Gibson was "seriously infected"
with anti-Semitic views, based on recent comments the
Hollywood star has made regarding his movie "The Passion
Abraham Foxman, the national director of Anti-Defamation
League, said, "I think he's infected, seriously infected,
with some very, very serious anti-Semitic views."
Foxman made the remarks at a panel discussion titled "Mel
Gibson's The Passion: A Conversation on Its Implications
for Jews and Christians." The discussion took place during
the 90th annual national meeting of ADL Thursday.
In an interview with CNSNews.com after the discussion,
Foxman reiterated his comments about Gibson.
"[Gibson's] got classical anti-Semitic views. If he can say
that there is a cabal out there of secular liberal Jews who
are trying to blame the Holocaust on the Catholic Church,
that's a classic anti-Semitic canard, that Jews operate in
cabals to get their way."
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But William Donohue, president of the conservative Catholic
League for Religious and Civil Rights, repudiated Foxman's
comments about Gibson being "infected" with anti-Semitic
"I would regard this as the most singular irresponsible
statement we have heard yet from any one of Mel Gibson's
critics," Donohue told CNSNews.com.
Donohue said the comments about Gibson and his movie at
ADL's panel discussion are what you would "expect from
people in an asylum." Donohue, who has seen the movie, noted
that none of the three panelists featured at the ADL meeting
on Thursday had yet to see the film.
Conservative media critic Michael Medved also lambasted
Foxman for his comments about Gibson.
"The Passion of Christ," set to open on Feb. 25, 2004,
depicts the final 12 hours of Christ's life in bloody
detail. The $25 million movie, produced by Gibson's Icon
Productions and distributed by Newmarket Films, strives
to achieve authenticity by featuring only Latin and Aramaic
dialogue with English subtitles. "The Passion of Christ"
stars actor James Caviezel as Christ and actress Monica
Bellucci as Mary Magdalene.
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