The German newspaper Bild broadcast a documentary on anti-Semitism among European Muslims that was canceled by the public French-German television channel Arte on the ground that it was too pro-Israel, EJP reported Wednesday.
The film, “Chosen and Excluded — The Hate for Jews in Europe” by German producers Joachim Schröder and Sophie Hafner, was commissioned by Arte, whose market share in 2015 was about 2.2% in France and 1% in Germany.
The film explores the Jew hatred in Europe today, showing the relationship between anti-Semitism and Israel bashing in the media. Last week, Arte decided not to run the documentary, and Alain Le Diberder, Program Director at Arte, said the film was not rejected because its quality was poor or its thesis invalid, but its focus on the Middle East was very far removed from the original agreement. Or, in other words, the channel thought the film was too pro-Israel.
Bild‘s website is showing the film under the headline “Jew-Hatred: Bild Shows the Documentary Which Arte Won’t.”
Bild published a list of German celebrities who praised the film, including Matthias Kuentzel, who published a study of Germany’s relations with Iran, and Ahmad Mansour, a Middle East analyst who accused Arte of “having problems with reality.”
The 90-minute documentary reports on children’s programming in the Middle East which is plagued with anti-Semitism, as well as physical threats to Jews in France and Germany, the role of anti-Semitism in European media, Neo-Nazis, the anti-Israel BDS campaign, an individual who extols the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Anti-Semitic worker’s rights activists in France, French Muslim Jew-hatred, the past decade’s torture and murder of Jews across Europe.
The documentary highlights NGOs engaged in anti-Semitic Israel bashing using European taxpayer’s money, juxtaposing and refuting libel about the Jewish state with real footage from Israel.