Jewish protestors made their feelings about Mel Gibson's controversial new
movie The Passion known in New York yesterday morning (28AUG03) by protesting
outside the offices of NEWS CORPORATION.
The organisation owns film studio 20TH CENTURY FOX, the company most
likely to pick up the rights to the project, which focuses on the final 12
hours of Jesus Christ's life.
Gibson has been attacked by religious leaders for the graphic film, and
Jewish elders are worried the movie's scenes of hatred towards Christ will
ignite violence against the followers of Judaism.
Politicians joined in the protest in Manhattan, with Democrat DOV HIKINS
(corr) stating, "This film is dangerous for Jews all over the world. This film
can potentially lead to violence directed against the Jewish community.
"This film will result in anti-Semitism, bigotry. It really takes us back
to the Dark Ages, plain and simple."
Hikins told protestors he had seen a clip of the film, admitting, "I saw a
mob of Jews yelling for the crucifixion of Jesus. It was enough to scare the
daylights out of me."