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'Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations'
(DVD / PG-13 / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: By virtually every yardstick, antisemitism in the US and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s.

It comes in the forms of vandalism, social media abuse, assault and murder. Like a virus, it mutates and evolves across cultures, borders and ideologies, making it all but impossible to stop.

Emmy®-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg and producer Diana Robinson explore its infectious behavior in 'Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations.'

Goldberg travels through four countries to speak firsthand with victims, witnesses, antisemites, and interview subjects including Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Fareed Zakaria, George Will, and many others.

DVD Verdict: With opening narration by Julianna Margulies, the film examines the far right in the US and how it has incited such acts as the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Moving to the far left in England, see the traditionally anti-racist Labour party conflating Israel and Jews, causing tremendous harm to the Jewish community.

And in France, delve into the seemingly endless wave of violence against Jews by Islamists and radicals.

To my mind, this excellent documentary on the sad state of hatred directed at Jewish communities around the world is a must-see for everyone around the world.

Yes, you can disagree with Israeli Policies; but to attack one's innocent neighbors is never acceptable. As one of the commentators says: "When things are prosperous, folks say what can we do better. But when times are tough, who can we blame?"

I wish we could criminalize Conspiracy Theorists! The ignorant are not just stupid they are dangerous!

Indeed, the increasing antisemitism within each of these four countries paints a terrifying portrait of how this kind of global hatred begins, and how easily it disseminates.

As activist Maajid Nawaz explains, "If we don't draw a red line in the sand when it comes to antisemitism, Muslims will be next, gays will be next, and everyone else who is deemed a minority will be next."

Thus, I implore you, no matter your political or worldly standpoint, to watch this 'Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations' (out now on DVD from PBS), as it is always good to hear both (more) sides of any story. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.