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About

"Evil is Back" (Anti-Semitism in Europe 2014)

Sixty-nine years after the nightmare of the holocaust, Anti-Semitism is back and escalating in Europe. For the holocaust survivors it is a reminder of the 1930’s, for their children it is a new phenomena that frightens them.

Background

During the last decade, synagogues were vandalized or set on fire in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, and France. Anti-Semitic inscriptions are being drawn on building walls in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Rome. Jewish cemeteries are being ransacked. Jews are being attacked on the streets of most major cities of the continent. Jewish children in public schools are bullied. Jewish schools are being placed under police protection. In England, a gang of teenage girls confronted the 12 year old Jasmine Kranat and a friend on a London bus asking; ‘Are you Jewish?’ they asked. They did not hurt her friend, who was wearing a crucifix. However, they brutally beat Jasmine, a Jew, —stomping on her head and chest, fracturing her eye socket and knocked her unconscious.

Germany 2012-2014
Germany 2012-2014

On March 2012 in Toulouse, France, Mohammed Merah, a second generation Muslim, attacked a Jewish school and killed three children and the rabbi. Five other people were injured.

In some cities such as Malmö in Sweden, or Roubaix in France, the persecution suffered by the Jewish community has reached such a degree that Jews are selling their homes at any price to leave. Jews have to be streetwise in all European countries; men wearing a Kippah usually hide it under a hat or a cap. This Anti-Semitism is especially evident in areas where the Muslim population  has settled in Europe in the last decade.

London 2014
London 2014

86-year-old Judith Popinski, a holocaust survivor, remembers well the 1930’s. She does not feel safe anymore as a Jew in Malmö. She can no longer tell her story in schools as she used to do because students treat her with disrespect, either ignoring her or walking out of the class. The orthodox Chabad Rabbi Shneur Kesselman is a prime target for Anti-Jewish sentiments in Malmö; during his six years in the city he has been the victim of more than 50 Anti-Semitic incidents.

'Qeunelle' the new anti Jewish salute
'Qeunelle' the new anti Jewish salute

In Holland, Bloeme Evers-Emden, an 85- years- old holocaust survivor who raised a family in Amsterdam, now fears that the city is not safe for them anymore. She encourages her children and grandchildren to immigrate to Israel. Bloeme is a member of the ‘hidden synagogue’, a synagogue that fears to show any symbol of Judaism on the exterior walls and only lets in people who are members after they are recognized through a peephole.

Frits Bolkenstein, a former leader of the biggest political party in the Netherlands, recommended to the Jewish orthodox community in Holland to immigrate to Israel or the US because it is not safe to live in Holland as a Jewish person.

Europe 2014
Europe 2014

Anti-Semitism is ripe within Britain’s Muslim community. Islamic bookshops sell copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the notorious Czarist forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Imams routinely preach Anti-Jewish sermons. Opinion polls show that nearly two-fifth of Britain’s Muslims believe that the Jewish community in Britain is a legitimate target as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East.

Hungary 2013
Hungary 2013

In Budapest Hungary Mr. Gyongyosi from the extreme right party Jobbic, who is vice-chairman of the parliament’s foreign-affairs committee, has called for the authorities to compile a national list of Hungarian Jews, especially those in parliament and government, who represent what he describes as a “national-security risk”.

Greece 2013 Golden Dawn party
Greece 2013 Golden Dawn party

In Greece, the extreme nationalist Golden Dawn, which currently holds 18 parliamentary seats, has been rising in the public opinion polls. Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, denies there were gas chambers or ovens at Nazi death camps and has a penchant for giving the Nazi salute.

In the  Middle East  conflict of this summer(2014) Europe’s old demon returned. “Death to the Jews!” “Gas the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in the big European cities. The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on and on.

London 2014
London 2014

 Even though government’s officials are condemning these events, it seems that no one is actually taking steps to stop these behaviors. It seems that anti-Semitism never left Europe; it only waited for the right time to come out. In some schools in Western-Europe teachers cannot teach the Holocaust because students deny it ever happened and it is all a Jewish conspiracy to get money and sympathy.

Burned synagogue Germany 2014
Burned synagogue Germany 2014

Why the film is important

As history has  shown us, at a certain point the process can't be reversed. The dramatic increase in the number and severity of anti-Semitic events may indicate that we are near the point of no return. This film will provide a comprehensive visual understanding of the cause, nature and danger of this new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe.

I am producing this film to raise awareness. As a Jewish person living in Europe it saddens me to see and feel the fear in the Jewish communities around me. The idea that a Jewish Person has to hide his Kippa or his Star of David is unacceptable to me. This escalating trend will only lead to more violence. it is the recognizably the same trend that led to the Holocaust. Europe said NO to hatred less than seventy years ago and Europe has to stand to its promise. If anti-Semitism is a disease, than we as a society have to find the cure to heal it.

What is different today from seventy years ago is the added sectors of population who practice this hatred.

This new anti-Semitism today in Europe, especially in Western Europe, is expressed violently by second and third generation Muslims who were born and educated in Europe. This new phenomena is more violent and upfront than the subtle old anti-Semitism of post -World War II. 

THE GOAL

We have been working on this film for the past two years and we are committed to completing and distributing a powerful film out into the world. We already filmed half of the story that deals with the rise of the new anti-Semitism from the part of the Muslim Community in Europe. Now we ready to film the second part that deals with the old anti-Semitism, the one that seems that  never "left the building", and for this part we need your help and support.

This film will be distributed freely to TV broadcasters, schools and public libraries. It will be posted in YouTube and other venues in the Internet. The mission is to get the story and to raise awareness to this dangerous problem.

As with so many independent filmmakers, we have come to Kickstarter and the crowd funding community to raise the funds needed to position ourselves to finish the film. Kickstarter allows people like you to participate in the making of creative projects, such as “Evil is Back”. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing -- a project must reach its goal to receive any money. Our Kickstarter goal of €45000 will help fund the following expenses:

  • Ten days of filming
  • Production crew and equipment rental
  • Editor
  • Editing room/equipment
  • Archival and Music rights

Your pledge, large or small, brings us closer to finishing the film. In return, along with our endless gratitude, you'll receive one of the rewards listed on the right side of this page. We are confident that with your support, we will meet or exceed our goal by February 2015.

Europe 2014
Europe 2014

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Equally important, we hope you will join the “Evil is Back” team as an ambassador, and help us spread the word about our Kickstarter. Tell your friends, co-workers; family and anyone you think might be interested in our documentary. Please visit our film website to see more updates and list of our supporters: 

http://maurice16.wix.com/evilisback

Please visit our Facebook page and like it, post and share updates and comments.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZARAI-MEDIA-PRODUCTIONS/158689694240651

Risks and challenges

We are committed to making a powerful film knowing that there's a large worldwide audience who needs to learn, create awareness and help educate others about the dangers of anti-Semitism.
Hopefully this film will help reverse this dangerous trend and open a dialog that can benefit the European society. Finding out the source of this dangerous problem will help pushing governments across Europe to address and start solving it.
As with all films, completion funding determines the actual release date. Kickstarter fulfillment dates related to the completed film will be adjusted accordingly. We promise to keep our supporters informed of our progress as we bring this film to fruition.

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