The French-German broadcaster ARTE has reportedly shelved a documentary on antisemitism because it doesn’t bash Israel enough. ARTE and WDR, the publicly-funded TV networks that commissioned the 90-minute documentary, have decided to confine the film to the archives, calling it “unbalanced”. “You can’t make a film on antisemitism without saying every three minutes that the Palestinians are the victims of Israelis,” the co-producer of the documentary, Joachim Schröder, told The Jerusalem Post.

The documentary makers reject the objections publicised by the broadcasters as eyewash. “It’s not about balance,” Schröder was quoted saying in the German newspaper Bild, “How can a film on Antisemitism be ‘balanced’? ARD with offices in Strasbourg is obviously fearful of calling out the Jew-hatred in France and Germany.” Both ARTE and WDR are financed by German taxpayers.

The Central Council of Jews, the umbrella organization for the Jewish communities in the Germany, also refuses to buy the official explanation given by the broadcasters either. German weekly Zeit reported:

Central Council of Jews in Germany has called the TV networks ARTE, WDR and ZDF to release the documentary film on antisemitism kept under wraps. The documentary shows Antisemitism in Germany, France, Gaza and West Bank — also the Antisemitism among Muslims.

The latest controversy raises questions about whether German media giants are trying to suppress the truth about antisemitism in Europe’s growing Muslim communities, as well as the involvement of the EU and European governments in financing anti-Semitic groups posing as NGOs. According to German newspaper Bild, the documentary uncovers the role of European Christian charities such as Brot für die Welt und Misereor funding anti-Israel boycott campaign, or BDS movement. The country’s largest circulating newspaper Bild writes:

Did you know that [Christian charities] Brot für die Welt und Misereor fund boycott campaign against Israel? Or that the EU and European churches along with the United Nations invest 100 million Euros annually in organisation that primarily run anti-Israel campaigns?

If WDR and ARTE have their way, you would never know about it.

For a documentary on “Antisemitism in Europe” is laying unaired for months in the archives of the public broadcasters. Reasoning: The movie focused “mainly on the Middle East” instead of Europe. Additionally that documentary isn’t sufficiently “multi-perspective” and lacks “balance.”

The German daily Bild further questions the motives behind to suppress this widely acclaimed documentary on antisemitism:

A strange allegation [claiming the lack of balance], considering the whole gamut of renowned historians, Middle East and Antisemitism experts such as Prof. Michael Wolffsohn, Götz Aly, Ahmad Mansour, Samuel Schirmbeck or Prof. Monika-Schwarz-Friesel (Technical University Berlin) support the broadcasting of the documentary, calling it “masterful (Wolffsohn), “great and long overdue” (Mansour) and “remarkable and exceptionally multifaceted journalistic achievement” (Aly).

The movie covers a wide range, from the hate-filled tirades of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (“Rabbi’s in Israel calling for the poisoning of our water in order to kill Palestinians”), and the support for anti-Israel campaign by churches, EU and UN organisations, to the Jew hatred and Islamist propaganda in Germany and France, to the terror attacks in Paris that force the Jews to emigrate. [Author’s translation]

It is unclear what bothers the German and European political establishment the most: the uncovering of the truth about their own complicity in financing and fermenting anti-Israel hatred, or the painful truth that the Arab and Muslim mass-migration — they sold everyone as diversity and “multiculturalism” — is fanning the dormant flames of antisemitism in Europe all over again. Mass-migration, instead of making Europe more tolerant, is invoking the very spectre that led to Europe’s near-annihilation almost eight decades ago.

How Europe choses to deal with antisemitism will decide the fate of the continent.

A mere glance at world history will show why antisemitism isn’t something for the Jews to be wary about alone. The Jews have survived the near cyclical outbreaks of antisemitism throughout the recorded history — albeit at a horrendous cost, but those who nurture this contagion in their midst have faced utter ruination themselves. If antisemitism is pernicious to the Jew it seeks to target, it is fatal to the host who harbours it.

Watch: Douglas Murray on Europe’s Response to Antisemitism:

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