The Times of Israel ran a column on Thursday calling for the US to pass new laws to stop Mel Gibson’s new comedy movie “Rothchild” staring Shia LaBeouf from being released.
As The Daily Beast reported last week: “A representative for actor Mel Gibson claimed in a statement Monday evening that the controversial star’s upcoming movie project Rothchild — a film about a fictional ultra-rich, multi-generational family of Jewish bankers — was ‘completely unrelated’ to the Rothschilds, a real life ultra-rich, multi-generational family of Jewish bankers.”
That explanation didn’t satisfy Times of Israel blogger Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden, who said “Rothschild” is “code” for “Jews.”
The prime way that anti-Semitism spreads — as in many other oppressions — is by word of mouth. That’s why maligning is not merely semantics. “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me” means: if you have enough a sense of your self-worth, insults don’t bother you.[…] So, what kind of law should be on the books to stop the spread of hatred against any oppressed group of people? I would say: two types. The first law should be one against slighting, demeaning, hurting any group of people. When I grew up in the Netherlands, insulting was illegal.
The second must be a set of laws, fine-tuned to the effects of specific oppressions. You cannot demean any vulnerable group of people (like blue-collar workers, women, kids, non-Whites). You cannot make any vulnerable group of people (like GLBTQAIs, women, Jews) feel unsafe. You cannot dis-empower any vulnerable group of people. Etc.
Freedom of Speech must have limits if we want to live in a world where innocent people are not hurt constantly for what they are or for what they are legal to choose doing. Everyone will live more dignified and safely in a society that has outlawed spreading prejudices and hatred.
The song calls the US The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, not The Land of the Freedom to curse and the Home of the Bully.
Stop the Mel Gibsons in the US from spreading [baseless] hatred of Jews.
While this sounds ridiculous, it’s not satire (Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden’s bio says he’s written over 500 blog posts for the ToI).
Florida is on the brink of passing a similar law which will make it a “hate crime” to “demonize Israel,” or “allege myths about a world Jewish conspiracy or that Jews control the media, economy, government, or other institutions.”
As The Center Square reported last month, the bill would also make it a hate crime to “accuse Jewish people as a whole of being responsible for real or imaginary wrongdoing by a single Jewish person, group, or the state of Israel, or for acts of non-Jews,” “accuse the Jewish people of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust,” and “accuse Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel of being more loyal to Israel than their own nations.”
Governor Ron DeSantis is planning to go to Jerusalem to hold a ceremony in which he signs the bill.