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Who Wants To Be An Anti-Semite?

Who Wants To Be An Anti-Semite?

The latest in reality TV.


Since the popularity of Survivor, a TV show that that puts people in the wilderness to survive on their own wits, there has been a plethora of reality TV series: the Batchelor, The Mole, The Last Resort, and Boot Camp to name a few. There's even a program called Joe Millionaire, where women pursue an eligible young man, thinking that he is super rich. After he chooses the girl of his dreams, she finds out the truth: he's really just a poor construction worker with an income of less than $20,000.

Last month was the NAPTE convention. It’s where station executives get to see the programming that producers propose to put on TV for the next year. As you might expect, there were tons of new reality show previewed.

Although I'm not a TV executive, I was privileged to get a glimpse of the first episode of one of the new shows. It’s called, "Who Wants To Be An Anti-Semite?"

People have to hide their hatred of Jews by disguising their actions as something else.

The show has an interesting premise. People have to hide their hatred of Jews by disguising their actions as something else. Each week the contestant whose anti-Jewish feelings are most obvious gets voted off the show. At the end, the winner gets an all-expenses-paid vacation to Paris, where they'll receive the key to the city.

Some of the contestants were so obvious that you just knew that they were going to be thrown out right away. Egyptian State Television, who ran a television series based on the old blood libel lies, offered no disguise whatsoever. They were thrown out the first day.

But some of the contestants were incredibly creative.

Take the Dutch Agriculture Ministry. They banned shechitah, the kosher way to slaughter animals as defined by the Talmud. They really had audience going there for a while, saying that it was cruel to animals. But then the judges were shown scientific studies showing that it was humane and they were reminded of the fact that most anti-Jewish governments start their persecution by banning practices such as keeping kosher (Nazi Germany for example), the Dutch were dismissed from the show also.

Other early dismissals were the International Red Cross for banning the Magen Dovid Adom -- the Red Star of David -- but allowing the Red Crescent, and the United Nations, whose claim that they are not against Jews was laid bare by the UN's hate-filled, anti-Jewish Conference on Racism in Durban.

Some contestants were really good. For example, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, who refused to sell high tech gas masks to Israel so she can protect her own citizens in the wake of a chemical weapon attack from Iraq. The British Musicians Union, who used the old "we are not anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist" excuse when debating a motion to ban the cultural exchange of Israeli and British artists.

The winner of the first episode was Democratic candidate for President, Rev. Al Sharpton, who under the guise of fighting racism, has called the Jewish people "diamond merchants" and helped incite an anti-Jewish pogrom in Crown Heights. He has done such a great job in masking his anti-Jewish sentiments that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe has come right out and said, "Any Democrat who attacks Al Sharpton is no longer welcome in our party."

A deciding factor was Reverend Sharpton's ability to convince the same political party that justifiably challenged Trent Lott for his history of racism to ban debate on his track record of anti-Semitism. Great performance, Reverend Al!

If the show gets picked up for a full season, Reverend Sharpton will have to compete against the likes of the BBC and MSBC host Pat Buchanan who continues to have a successful career on the TV news without being challenged about his October 1990 piece in the New Republic. In the article Pat talks about "group fantasies of martyrdom" and challenges the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka. "Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody."

It's still unknown whether enough TV stations will purchase the show to give the green light for full production. According to some unnamed sources, the producers were going to meet with the Jewish controlled bankers to bankroll the production should the Jewish controlled media refuse to pick up the show.

May 19, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 21

(21) Tehila, February 20, 2003 12:00 AM


If any thing can open peoples' eyes to the truth about antisemitism, this is it. Way to go, Jeff.

(20) Louis M. Profeta MD, February 14, 2003 12:00 AM


Don't forget Canada legislatures for removing the tax-exempt status of Mogan David Adom

(19) ellyn, February 11, 2003 12:00 AM

Great great article

this article speaks a very sad truth and does it with articulate grace. as a former Christian who converted a couple years ago I can safely say not all Christians are as bad as "Reverend" Sharpton. Mr. Dunetz, your pen is mightier than your sword.

(18) Giovanni, February 7, 2003 12:00 AM

Suggestions can be at the core of Anti-semitism.

It seems that suggestions and sublety can be at the heart of anti-semitism. Kudos for such an excellent article. Since the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob...well, nothing has changed.

I am an Italian-American and by choice became Jewish some twenty-five years ago. I was raised with strong exposure to both Jewish and Christian traditions...and opted for Judaism as an adolescent. Increasingly, I became more and more Jewish over time and willfully chose the magesty and grandeur of Jewish tradition and spirituality over my heavily Roman Catholic influenced Italo-American culture. From the time of my childhood my way of thinking and acting was Jewish...I feel I have been called to the Covenant and joyfully embrace it (Blessed be G-d!). To this day everyone I newly encounter quipts: "Why be Jewish? Your ethnic background is Italian...why chose Judaism?" Somehow being of Polish or German background is Okay but Italians should'nt be a part of the Jewish world? People have been so brash as to even suggest Why would I choose to be Jewish? What's wrong with you?, they have boldly blerted. Rarely do I ever receive a simple acclamation or offer of congratulations or encouragement concerning my faith. I have two very close Italian-American friends: one is a practicing Buddhist now, the other is married to and has become a dedicated Unitarian-Universalist...everyone seems to think that's cool and interesting, but for the Italian-American guy who chooses the G-d of Israel it's not cool or's: "why choose that?"

Shalom, Giovanni

(17) Anonymous, February 6, 2003 12:00 AM

Please do not malign all democrats by implying that they endorse Al Sharpton or his views. He certainly could not be a widely supported serious presidential candidate.

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