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For backing ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ ‘Jewish Press’ smears Dustin Hoffman as has-been ‘figleaf’ with ‘Semitic nose’

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What an ongoing calamity Zionism is for the American Jewish community. On Saturday night in LA, Dustin Hoffman was to present a Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) award to Emad Burnat, the Palestinian co-director of the brilliant documentary “5 Broken Cameras” about resistance in occupied Bil’in. A disturbing article in the Jewish Press vilifies both Hoffman for daring to present the award and Burnat for daring to chronicle the occupation.

Update: Hoffman did not personally present the award. According to the communications director of the MPAC to Ira Glunts: “Mr. Hoffman was not able to attend our gala because he came down with an illness from his trip to Japan. He did send us a recorded message speaking highly of the film.”

Now that Jewish Press piece. Lori Lowenthal Marcus first provides the news, then the character assassination, then the “He’s not really Jewish stuff.” Along the way, she talks about his “Semitic nose.” Imagine if a non-Jew used such a description! And Marcus calls Burnat an “Israel-hater” because he has protested the seizure of his village’s lands by an illegal settlement. Thanks to Annie Robbins:

America’s favorite serious Jewish actor for much of the 1960′s and ’70′s, Dustin Hoffman, is about to present an award to a filmmaker at an event put on by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

The recipient of the award is a professional Israel hater, and MPAC is led by someone who publicly suggested Israel was to blame for 9/11 and who advocates for the removal of Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from the American terrorism list.  With Jews like Dustin Hoffman, who needs enemies?…

Hoffman’s movie roles have become more sporadic and less artistically and financially successful in recent years.

Perhaps that explains why he was willing to be used as the latest in a long series of Jewish “fig leaves,” for anti-Israel projects.  There seems to be no other reason why the Muslim Public Affairs Council would call upon Hoffman to present an award for a documentary film which portrays Israel in the worst possible light, with no balance or nuance….

Hoffman is someone whose Jewishness seems to have played very little role in his life other than as a trigger to anti-Semitic bullies, and the fact that his height, his nose, his nasal voice and his plucky, outsider roles are all stereotypically Jewish.  Hoffman recently spoke about the complete absence of anything Jewish in his life growing up…

with his honking nasal voice and Semitic nose

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  1. American on April 29, 2013, 9:52 am

    ..always liked Hoffman, was brilliant in Midnight Cowboy… l like him even more…lol

  2. MLE on April 29, 2013, 10:00 am

    The movie was mentioned in the Julie Louise Dreyfruss television show VEEP, last week. Her daughter wrote appointive review of the movie and her staff was freaking out over the repercussions over having the review leaked to the press. It was very similar to the plot line in House of Cards where the oped from the college newspaper comes to light. Although this time they don’t mention the Israel lobby nearly as directly.

    • philweiss on April 29, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Thanks MLE, Important data point. This is now The Sore Point, Phil

      • ritzl on April 29, 2013, 6:28 pm

        @PW Sorry to be dense, but what is “The Sore Point?” The heresy of a Jew pointing out morality wrt the Palestinians?

  3. Cliff on April 29, 2013, 10:16 am

    Ridiculous. Implying a Palestinian is specifically anti-Israel as if that is the emphasis.

    Great news that Hoffman supported the movie though. He’s a liberal. He recognizes the humanity in the Palestinian people through that documentary.

    The author of the article slandering him with antisemitic characterizations is inhuman and thinks the world is centered around Israel and Zionism.

  4. Nevada Ned on April 29, 2013, 10:18 am

    “Hoffman is someone whose Jewishness seems to have played very little role in
    his life other than as a trigger to anti-Semitic bullies…”

    Speaking of bullies..

    • Citizen on April 29, 2013, 7:42 pm

      @ Nevada Ned
      Maybe the biggest anti-semite was Dustin’s mother–I read he has directly implied, at least, that his mother ridiculed him for not getting a nose job when she did, and also ridiculed his choice to become an actor, saying he was not handsome enough to be successful.

  5. Sumud on April 29, 2013, 10:22 am

    Lori Lowenthal Marcus first provides the news, then the character assassination, then the “He’s not really Jewish stuff.” Along the way, she talks about his “Semitic nose.” Imagine if a non-Jew used such a description! And Marcus calls Burnat an “Israel-hater” because he has protested the seizure of his village’s lands by an illegal settlement.

    Marcus must have rocks in her head to write such vile stuff, it’s just so repugnant. Does she honestly think she is going turn people on to zionism?

    Anyway, more of the same please! The sooner zionism is driven into the ditch the better.

  6. Nevada Ned on April 29, 2013, 10:31 am

    In fact, Hoffman’s Wikipedia page provides the following information.

    In a 2006 interview, [Hoffman] said that all of his children from his second marriage had bar or bat mitzvahs and that he is a more observant Jew now than when he was younger; he has also lamented that he is not fluent in Hebrew. [link]

  7. quercus on April 29, 2013, 10:38 am

    It is really stomach churning that any human being could be that preoccupied with his or her cultural and/or religious affiliation. It is quite sick.

  8. EUR1069 on April 29, 2013, 10:41 am

    They are clearly panicking in the PR department. Call it even, Barbra Streisand! LOL

  9. wondering jew on April 29, 2013, 10:42 am

    The meeting of the minds between Mondoweiss and the Jewish Press does not exist, they are two lines in 3D space that do not intersect. It is relevant to underline all bigoted thinking of anyone Jewish regarding the Israel Palestine conflict, yet again, when the thrust of this web site is 1. Jewish continuity is a form of racism, acceptable only because marriage is difficult and therefore sometimes it’s easiest for Jews to fall in love with Jews. and 2. Certain aspects of Jewish tradition are great: the seder when shared with nonJews, but for the most part: the talmud is bullshit and Christian or Islamic universalism is superior to Jewish particularism. The Jewish press (aside from its Zionism) is gung ho on continuity and in marriage, gung ho on the Talmud and Jewish particularism and favors the seder on Passover, especially when not shared with nonJews. There is no way that these two lines: Mondoweiss and the Jewish Press can ever intersect.

    • Cliff on April 29, 2013, 4:42 pm

      You construct a caricature of MW.

      Do the authors agree with that interpretation?

      Or have you described certain commentators?

      You should judge ‘the Jewish press’ as harshly as you judge MW – by their comments’ section.

      The comments section ‘elsewhere’ is a cesspool.

      And it’s full of direct, no subtlety, Islamophobia, ethnocentrism, etc.

      This is because of the shortness of replies and the lack of discussion. Haaretz is a great example. You rarely if ever have discussions.

      Just people venting.

      Here its one long drawn out discussion/quibble/’fight’ after another.

      That’s how it should be – a war of ideas. But those other websites – ie, ‘the Jewish press’ – are simply a mud slinging contest.

    • RoHa on April 29, 2013, 9:34 pm

      “The Jewish press … is gung ho on continuity and in marriage, gung ho on the Talmud and Jewish particularism”

      I hope you are not suggesting that these are good things.

  10. Bumblebye on April 29, 2013, 10:44 am

    That’s nice to hear about Hoffman, he was here in my town in the 70’s making the film “Agatha”. What’s with the ed’s of that paper if they allow an article dripping with the kind of stuff they’d be screaming about in any other paper?

  11. pabelmont on April 29, 2013, 10:54 am

    “What an ongoing calamity Zionism is for the American Jewish community.”
    How right, Phil.

    And how very confused the American Jewish community has become as: [1] its earnestly promulgated duty to protect the world’s (other) Jews from (other) calamities has been deemed to create a duty on American Jews to create, support, and defend (to the point of moral and logical incoherence) the State of Israel, by, inter alia, lying, suppression of truth telling, defamation, etc.; [2] its earnestly promulgated duty to stick together — American Jews to support all other Jews — has been deemed to impose a duty on all American Jews to protect Israel — not from doing wrong but from being known (initially by the Goyim, ultimately by themselves) for doing wrong; and [3] its wrongfully and slyly promulgated duty to adopt the protection of Israel as a replacement for all (previously taught) moral, ethical, and religious Jewish teaching has closed its eyes to Israel’s reality — an eye-closing much helped along by the energetic American suppression of truth-telling where Israel is concerned.

    And then they call Israel (which made exiles of half the people of The Land in 1948) a “democracy”.

    And they called it, also, a “Jewish State”. As to this, I wonder. I am no Jewish scholar, and I invite people who are to comment, but I’ve read a sentence here or there which makes me wonder.

    Is Israel acting like a “Jewish State” when it passes a law to punish people for preaching (that is, speaking) boycott — violating a Jewish principle of “zaken mamreh” which allows a “rebellious elder” to “go up and down the countryside to preach that the “court in Jerusalem” had erred.” Surely, the entire settlement project is an act of “the court in Jerusalem” (or something far less authoritative) and to speak against settlement, while still paying the taxes which “the court in Jerusalem” demands to support the settlements, is protected political speech — though apparently not in today’s Israel.

  12. Justpassingby on April 29, 2013, 11:07 am

    These hate-groups hate everyhing.

    They hate the movie-maker.
    They hate Dustin Hoffman.
    They hate MPAC.

    They have so much hatred they even make up lies about the movie-maker.

    They almost talk like they belong to this tribe and Hoffman have commited a sin and now must be punished by the tribe-leader. I mean what is this?

  13. Les on April 29, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Those who use the epithet “self-hating Jew” censor themselves.

  14. Talkback on April 29, 2013, 1:21 pm

    “Along the way, she talks about his “Semitic nose.” Imagine if a non-Jew used such a description!”

    Or a Jew used a description like “potato nose with plug-in contact, as the goyim have them.”:

    It seems that Lori Lowenthal Marcus uses the description “Pallywood” also as easy as others used “Judenpresse”.

    Of course she’s not the hater, but the cameraman. We allready discussed that he used an antisemitic light setup to put Israel in a bad light.

  15. Citizen on April 29, 2013, 1:35 pm

    From a 2006 article:
    “Only when The Hoff married his second wife, Lisa Gottsegen in the early 1980s, did he start to embrace his Jewish identity.

    “My wife changed everything,” the star of Rainman and Wag The Dog revealed. “Two sons barmitzvahed, two daughters batmitzvahed.””

  16. eljay on April 29, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Is there anyone Zio-supremacists won’t hate…aside from themselves, that is?

  17. Mike_Konrad on April 29, 2013, 4:00 pm

    The Pro-Israel camp is pulling out all stops.

    But understand it from their side, even though most of you do not want to.

    They see the present Palestinian strategy as a very real threat to Israel. It may be the first effective strategy the Arabs have employed.

    The Israelis are going to fight like dogs. Who can blame them?!

    The Israelis have lost European sympathies. They have lost South America – which, at least, until recently, was neutral.

    All the Israelis have left is the USA and Canada.

    They will fight. Since I believe they have a right to be in the land, I do not blame them, even if I do not agree with all their methods.

    • Citizen on April 30, 2013, 4:33 am

      @ Mike_Konrad

      “Since I believe they have a right to be in the land.”
      Precisely from whence is that right derived?
      And is it the same right the Palestinians have, even for, e.g., a born and bred American who moved to Israel from Brooklyn six months ago, and now lives in an Israeli settlement?

    • Taxi on April 30, 2013, 4:37 am

      As a lover of dogs, I really resent you equating cute canines with israelis.

    • Cliff on April 30, 2013, 4:58 am

      Uh huh. You do not blame them.

      You say it’s reasonable for them to nuke everyone in the world and that they have a ‘right’ to be in the land, which means they have a right to a Jewish majority. Which isn’t the same thing as simply a right to be there.

      But your internal monologue as comments are always amusing to read. As is your Naziesque historical revisionism of Al-Andalus being a takeover of ‘Spain’.

    • Ecru on April 30, 2013, 2:32 pm

      …they have a right to be in the land…

      Really? When that “right” is built upon massive theft and ethnic cleansing you know I’m not really so sure. I’d tend to think the people who have a REAL right to be “in the land” are the ones who’ve been living there for the last couple of thousand years..

      …I do not blame them…

      Well that’s nice. Tell me, do you blame the Palestinians when they fight back against Jewish theft and oppression or does your understanding fail you there?

    • RoHa on April 30, 2013, 8:21 pm

      “The Israelis are going to fight like dogs. Who can blame them?!”

      I can. In order to perpetuate an injustice they are going to bring death and destruction upon themselves and others. This is clearly blameworthy.

      “I believe they have a right to be in the land”

      A right to be in the land does not give the right to deny the rights of others in the land.

  18. MRW on April 29, 2013, 4:38 pm


  19. justicewillprevail on April 29, 2013, 7:02 pm

    Wow, this Marcus is as anti-semitic as they come. All the classic crude stereotypes in one short character assassination. However ‘Jewish’ Hoffman is, is his own affair, but one thing he definitely is is a liberal American, which seems more important in this instance. You know, one who clings to the outmoded concepts of justice and equality for all, regardless of their origin. So I guess that makes Marcus not only anti-semitic, but anti- American, as well as anti-human rights, and racist to boot. The question is how many of his fellow travellers, who demand so much from the American state and its taxpayers, are in the same camp? And why should liberal America take the slightest heed of, or support in any way, people who hate them so much?

  20. RoHa on April 29, 2013, 9:33 pm

    “Hoffman is someone whose Jewishness seems to have played very little role in his life …”

    And should it have? If so, why?

  21. Taxi on April 30, 2013, 2:02 am

    Everyone, including jews, is sacrificable on the zionist alter.

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