As a friend of Israel and the Jewish people, I think this is a stupid and unnecessary move on the part of the Simon Wiesenthal centre.
Out of their 2011 Top Ten Anti-Israel/Anti-Semitic Slur is ranked Lars Von Triers at at number 5 for his bad joke at Cannes.
He beats likes of Tawfiq Okasha, a presidential candidate in post-Mubarak Egypt, who stated:
“Not all the Jews in the world are evil….The ratio is 60-40. Sixty percent are evil to varying degrees, all the way to a level that words cannot describe, while 40 percent are not evil.”
And even Syrian writer Osama Al-Malouhi who wrote:
“[Jews] want that sucker of Syrian blood to remain and continue to prey and suck blood. They not only want their security, but also to enjoy the sight of Syrian blood being spilled…. Asking myself why Jewish support of Bashar [Assad] increased after they saw the rivers of Syrian blood this mass-murderer spilled in Syrian towns, an old image leapt to my mind, of Jews bleeding people and using their blood to prepare matzas. Logic does not accept this, but the facts prove it.
It is obvious that Von Triers was joking. A bad joke, yes, but to brand him an anti-Semite and rank him with open Jew haters is silly.
It just flags the Simon Wiesenthal centre as being fanatical, and lends support to those that claim that the Jewish lobby silences its critics by intimidation and threat.
Via Politiken – Von Triers nazi-joke er den femte værste i verden – Politiken.dk.