Mel Gibson's controversial movie The Passion Of The Christ has been cited
by a report as the cause of an upsurge last year (04) in Canadian anti-Semitic
attacks, now running at a record pace.
The LEAGUE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF B'NAI BRITH, releasing its 2004 audit of
anti-Semitic attacks in Canada, says last year's media coverage of Gibson's
film and its alleged depiction of Jews as the "CHRIST killer" led to an often
violent spike in
attacks against the Canadian Jewish community.
The B'nai Brith study finds, "Whereas only nine incidents in 2003 had
religious connotations to the story of Jesus' death, there were 32 such
incidents in 2004, nine of them in February when the movie opened and a further
15 in the three months
following its release."
In a statement, B'nai Brith Canada vice president FRANK DIMANT says
incidents of anti-Semitism last year reached an all-time high and were becoming
more violent, according to trade publication the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.