In the wake of the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who reportedly died with the words “I am a Jew” on his lips, several experts on Islamic terrorism and Jewish leaders are warning that Islamic militants have declared a war against Jews.
In issuing what they say is a “wake-up call” to Jews, the experts cautioned that ignoring the warning will mean more innocent people like Pearl, who suspects say was targeted because he was Jewish, will be murdered.
For a forthcoming television documentary and DVD about contemporary anti-Semitism, New York producer Andrew Goldberg interviewed academicians, theologians and journalists on four continents. Many of the experts were Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East, because, as the documentary shows, that region is the source of most anti-Semitism today.
For another, less-intellectual, perspective, Goldberg also wanted a look at public opinion, the “Arab street.” So he went to an Arab street.
There’s a sure-fire line in every Holocaust movie, almost a laugh-line for audiences by now, that cues the viewer to know that the character — usually a fussy intellectual — is not only a fool but someone who will definitely be killed by the end of the first reel. The line? “But this is the country of Beethoven, Goethe and Schiller!”Sure, pal. Now do the movie’s hero a favor and get out of the way.“We’ve seen that argument,” says novelist Thane Rosenbaum. “‘I am German. I am German like you.