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Australian TV Show Draws the Ire of Jewish Groups

Complaint claims Jewish Characters were Hateful

By: Leonard Carl

Published: February 3rd, 2012 in News » World

Australian TV Show Draws the Ire of Jewish Groups
Jewish Australia’s umbrella organization, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), saw a complaint filed with an Australian television broadcaster dismissed this week.

The ECAJ filed the 31-page complaint against makers of “The Promise”, a drama that follows the life of a British soldier and his granddaughter during the Palestine mandate.

In its complaint, the ECAJ argued that the Jewish characters on the four-part show are displayed as “variously cruel, violent, hateful, ruthless, unfeeling, amoral, treacherous, racist and/or hypocritical."

"The series shamelessly and persistently utilizes the anti-Semitic motif of the greedy Jew,” read the ECAJ complaint. “It is a landmark in the creeping rehabilitation of anti-Semitism in Western culture."

The Special Broadcasting Service, which dismissed the complaint, argued that “the ordinary reasonable viewer fully appreciated that The Promise was a fictional drama and nothing more than that."

The Promise was broadcast in Australia in late 2011.

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