◆ Good News: Germany’s widely respected public television broadcaster, WDR, will finally telecast this documentary on Wednesday night.
The film, entitled, “Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe” had been withheld, allegedly on the grounds that it was factually incorrect or not up to professional standards.
It had been commissioned by ARD and the French-German ARTE.
Why Was the Documentary Withheld?
◆ The official grounds for withholding–that the film was inaccurate and unprofessional–do not hold water.
The more plausible explanation was the kind of fear of stemming from the terrorist massacre at Charlie Hebdo and other radical Islamist attacks on outspoken journalists in Denmark, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.
The JPost includes this important comment from Volker Beck, a Green Party deputy in the Bundestag:
Beck also said that on Wednesday, the Bundestag will discuss a report on antisemitism from an independent expert commission that revealed that “40% of Germans hold modern anti-Israel, antisemitic views. We must face this problem.” –Volker Beck, German Green Party, quoted in the Jerusalem Post
Robert Lieber, a professor at Georgetown, is one of the country’s leading analysts of US foreign policy, with special interests in the Middle East, Europe, and energy.
His most recent book is Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order (Cambridge University Press).