Abraham Foxman Accuses Gibson of Anti-Semitism

March 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe


On March 22, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "The head of the Anti-Defamation League accused Mel Gibson yesterday of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish civil rights organization, insisted he was not calling Gibson an anti-Semite. But Foxman said the actor 'entertains views that can only be described as anti-Semitic.'

Gibson's spokesman, Alan Nierob, did not immediately return calls for comment. Gibson, who is Catholic, has repeatedly denied that his movie 'The Passion' maligns Jews.

Many conservative Christians who have attended private screenings of the film have called it the most powerful depiction they have seen of Jesus' final hours. But Foxman has argued for months that the portrayal of Jews in the events leading to the crucifixion will promote anti-Semitism."