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Filmmaker Apologizes for Anti-Jewish Remarks

Filmmaker Oliver Stone apologizes for comments made against Jewish people.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/28/2010, 5:06 AM / Last Update: 7/28/2010, 5:02 AM

Filmmaker Oliver Stone apologized on Tuesday for anti-Semitic remarks he made about the Holocaust and the influence of Jewish media.

A few days ago, during an interview that was published in the Sunday Times of London, Stone said that the “Jewish domination of the media” caused Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust to be put out of context.

 “Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein,” said Stone in the interview. “German Industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 million.”

Stone also said during the interview that the Jews dictated US foreign policy and have been distorting it for years. “There's a major lobby in the United States," he said. "They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment. The most powerful lobby in Washington."

Stone’s comments received criticism from Jewish sources far and wide. David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee said in a statement: “By invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype, Oliver Stone has outed himself as an anti-Semite. For all of Stone’s progressive pretensions, his remark is no different from one of the drunken, Jew-hating rants of his fellow Hollywood celebrity, Mel Gibson.”

Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein also criticized Stone’s comments, referring to them as “nauseating, anti-Semitic and racist” and adding: “Not only is he showing ignorance, he is demonizing Jews for no reason and returning to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' When a man of Stone's stature speaks in this way, it can bring waves of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, and may even damage Jewish communities and individuals."

Following the outrage, Stone apologized for his comments in a statement released on Tuesday by his publicist: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret.

“Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity.”