Unwanted side-effect of "Springtime for Hitler" - "The Last Laugh"

Mel Brooks' Nazi imitations aggrandize him but
do they weaken the taboo against anti-Semitism?
Jewish TV & filmmakers may have the right to exceed taboos - but should they, and should they be rewarded for it glamorizing it? Do Jewish shock-comics legitimizing dark-humor help or hurt our crusade to quell anti-Semitism?

'The Last Laugh' asks if there's anything taboo in comedy anymore" Review in the L.A. Times 
by Kenneth Turan, March 19, 2017
At times haphazard but always involving, "The Last Laugh" confronts a question that sounds anachronistic in today's anything-goes world: Are there any taboos remaining in humor, areas where making jokes is simply beyond the pale? 
Though documentarian Ferne Pearlstein (who photographed and edited as well as directed) deals briefly with potentially forbidden areas like 9/11 and even child molestation (the subject of a Louis CK routine), most of the film focuses on jokes about Hitler and the Holocaust, a subject that elicits as many opinions — and jokes — as there are interview subjects.  Those speaking up include Larry Charles — involved in everything from "Seinfeld" to the features of Sacha Baron Cohen — and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret, the son a Holocaust survivor, who notes that "humor is the weapon of the weak." 
One of the most involving voices in the film turns out to be Mel Brooks, whose vision of "Hitler on Ice" from "History of the World, Part I" opens the film.  ...  he  (Brooks) also has some thoughtful things to say about why he can do Hitler jokes but not ones about the Holocaust. Rob Reiner agrees. 
Mel Brooks as Torquemada sings "The Spanish Inquisition"
Mel Brooks broke the public taboo on joking about Jew-hatred, showing gallow-locked Jews singing in "The Spanish Inquisition" musical number in his "History of the World Part 1," and creating empathy for Franz Kiebkind and his other singing and dancing Nazi characters in The Producers' "Springtime for Hitler."

But do comedians' making light of anti-Semitic atrocities diminish the taboo against Jew-hatred to the gentile public?
Treated like beasts: prisoners working in the crematorium at
Dachau. Photo: LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty
Do they weaken the societal taboo deterrent against Jew-hatred? Is anyone who behaves tyrannically now a "Hitler?" Does the "Soup Nazi" reflect a now mundane adjective- and diminish Nazi-ism and its victims?

The Last Laugh
claims to explore the issue, but as a public-figure objecting to comics' (even Jewish ones) making Nazi & Holocaust fun shows only Rabbi Abraham Foxman, former Anti-Defamation League executive director.
The film posits Sarah Silverman as an authority on justifying Jewish comedians mocking Jews and Jewish subjects.
(Photo: Andrew Toth via Getty Images)
Silverman, Jon Stewart, and comics like Amy Schumer have popularized "Jewy" as an acceptable disparaging adjective. Being perceived as Jewy is now an acceptable anti-Semitic criticism, without equal in, for example, African-American identity. 

At L.A. Jewish Film Festival screening of The Last Laugh, (l - r) USC's Marty Kaplan,
Renee Firestone, director Ferne Pearlstein, and writer Robert Edwards engage audience questions

L.A. Jewish Film Festival's screening in Beverly Hills this weekend featured Renee Firestone, one of just a few concentration-camp survivors commenting in the movie (Hogan's Heroes' Cpl. LeBeau-actor, Robert Clary being another), claiming that having survived to approaching 93-years of age in the midst of the Allies defeat of the Axis powers shows that she (and thereby, we) has "the last laugh." But Jew-hatred (demonstrated online) is strong throughout the world and Jews deluding we already have the last-laugh are avoiding our need to still fight it, socially, politically, and physically- and through other means than the liberally politicized A.D.L. 

We spoke with the filmmakers after the post-screening discussion.  

"The Last Laugh" is an intellectual exploration in whether Jewish comedians go too far. But it reflects the weakening taboo (and deterrence) against anti-Semitic attitudes, statements, and conduct which may grow among the gentile public who may see it on TV.

Now playing in: NYC- at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

TORONTO- at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Los Angeles- at Laemmle Theatres Town Center 5 Encino and Music Hall Beverly Hills 
through March 23rd.

How Pres. Trump is already resetting the Middle East onto a safer track- E. Jerusalem Rabbi Packer

E. Jerusalem Rabbi Ben Packer offers Jews sanctuary, education,
and prayer amidst many antagonistic, pro-Palestinian Muslims
On his current visit to Los Angeles, Rabbi Ben Packer, director of the Jerusalem Heritage House in East Jerusalem, remarks on how U.S. Pres. Donald Trump is working to make life safer for liberty in the Middle East, and to better insulate the free-world against the Islamist revolution. 

Rabbi Ben Packer goes into detail in a salon in Los Angeles on how Pres. Trump's administration is (and should continue) evolving US Middle East policy from the Obama/Kerry/Jarrett years.

Rabbi Packer responds to salon attendees' questions, explaining how from Israel's perspective, this Administration is beneficial for the Jewish nation and the global resistance to Islamist expansionist terror. The event was organized by Sheryl Giffis and videographed by Howard Reichman of Village Filmworks.

Video of Los Angeles kiruv Rabbi Shlomo "Schwartzie" Schwartz teaching Kabbalah months before final return to Safed, Israel

Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz was a top kiruv rabbi in Los Angeles
With great sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, OBM, AKA “Schwartzie,” a well-known and beloved rabbi, entertainer, inspirational speaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based Chai Center. He was 71 years old.
Schwartzie, a product of a Chabad yeshiva and a devoted follower of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teachings, ventured where no rabbi has gone before. A onetime bongo-thumping Greenwich Village beatnik, he frequents rock concerts — flowing beard, yarmulke, Mickey Mouse suspenders and all — and will on occasion lace a wedding ceremony with lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s repertoire.
Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he was the son of a “Conservadox” cantor, who had fled Vienna in 1939.  Schwartz found his natural calling at UCLA’s Chabad House, the first of its kind at any American university.
He quickly became a highly visible campus figure, setting up his stand on the main student thoroughfare. “I could identify nine out of 10 students as Jews just by their looks,” Schwartzie once quoted as saying in a news article. “The other one was either Armenian or Italian.”
Schwartzie always had the last word. “I’ve been called a Reform Chassid and God’s court jester, but whatever the label, I do believe that to bring Jews back into the fold one must serve God with joy.”

He is survived by his wife, Olivia, and children: Chana (Los Angeles, CA), Shalom Yishaya(Crown Heights), Rivka Sara Chein (Crown Heights), Mayshe Schwartz (Brookline, MA), Hindel Swerdlov (Jerusalem, Israel), Mendel Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA), Nechama Dina Schallman (LA), Yosef Schwartz (Miami, FL), Aura Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA), Shmuel Asher Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA), Berry Schwartz (Crown Heights) and Cobi Schwartz(Los Angeles, CA). - Source:  CrownHeights.Info

Rabbi Shlomo ("Schwartzie") Schwartz (of blessed memory) teaches Kabbalah at Happy Minyan commemoration of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, November 20, 2016. "Ubo tidbakun"- glue yourself to the Moses of your generation. Rabbi Schwartz was nifter 8 Feb '17, buried in Safed, Israel.
Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz  taught this class on Relationship Kabbalah on his 71st Hebrew birthday (6 Dec '16) at the Community Room of the Farmers Market, Los Angeles. He offers a birthday blessing to those viewing towards the end. May his neshoma reach the highest for all of the Jewish souls he fostered.

Americans protest Obama & Kerry's Paris Conference to carve Islamist Palestine in heart of Israel via U.N.

Sunday's Paris conference will result in recognition of a Palestinian state, which will be followed by a UN Security Council resolution confirming the statehood, this time binding, on Tuesday, January 17, with the US either voting in favor or abstaining. 

Such a resolution could be the foundation for future sanctions against Israel should it refuse to comply by removing its settlements from the newly invented state alongside its border. 

"We will NOT allow the UN and her gang of Israel haters to target Israel unjustly," state the rally organizers. "NO MORE Anti-Israel documents or resolutions! The UN's attempt to revise and erase Jewish history is deplorable. We call on the UN to focus on REAL issues such as Syrian Genocide and Global Islamic Terror instead of vilifying Israel unjustly." - David Israel in The Jewish Press 12 Jan '17

NY Shame on the U.N. rally at nearby French Consulate
"Thousands rally for Israel in NYC ahead of Paris parley" by Tamara Zieve in The Jerusalem Post Jan 12, 2017 

Some 5,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York on Thursday to express their support for Israel ahead of an international conference on Middle East peace set to be held on Sunday.

The gathering was sponsored by the North American Coalition for Israel, which is made up of more than 50 organizations. Under the banner “Shame on the UN,” public figures, clergy members and victims of terrorist attacks gathered together with members of the Jewish community, demanding that the United Nations “immediately cease its unjust targeting of Israel and focus on real issues such as Syrian Genocide and Global Islamic Terror.” 

NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind blames Obama and John Kerry for the hypocrisy getting 72 nations to ignore far worse humanitarian conflicts to obsesss against Israel.

Hillary Markowitz emcees the Shame on the UN rally
Co-organizer, Hillary Markowitz said the choice of NY's French Consulate was due to the parley in Paris “where they will try to force Israel to go back to the pre-’67 borders – Jerusalem no longer belongs to Jews and Christians and we are standing out there with our Christian and Jewish brothers to say it’s ridiculous.” “The conference itself is a preamble to the UN – then they will try to get a resolution,” she said. Israel has said it sees the French-led conference as an effort to impose a settlement on it, and that it will not take part.

Watch NYC zionist activist, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld address the rally:

On the heels of Sunday’s attack in Jerusalem which took the lives of four Israeli soldiers, Ms. Markowitz believes that the aforementioned US, UN and international moves have emboldened the terrorists.

Rabbi Mark Wildes of Manhattan Jewish Experience speaks.

The rally was organized by the organizations StandWithUs, Amcha, Strength to Strength and Fuel for Truth.

French Pres. Francois Hollande invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with him and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris the day after the conference, but the prime minister said he would only come if the conference was dropped.

Obama betrays Israel, Calif menorahs attacked, Nazis taunt worshipers

Rabbi doubles-down after vandalism (Photo: Howard Cramer)
Worshipers at the Orthodox Jewish synagogue, Living Torah Center in Santa Monica, Calif ("known as the Home of The Homeless" according to Harry Shearer) are no strangers to antagonism. Last Sukkot, their backyard Sukkah was vandalized with a swastika and smeared crap. Recently, a black intruder disrupted prayers with a "Heil Hitler" and machine-gun rat-a-tat feign. But when the window displaying their 6-foot menorah was smeared with excrement and food garbage, Breitbart News reporter / congregant Joel Pollak attracted global attention to the issue.
Black disrupter feigned Nazi attack during prayers Nov 17

Synagogue window cleaned from smeared feces Christmas Eve
Santa Monica Synagogue Smeared with Feces in Attack on Chanukah by Joel Pollak Dec 25, 2016
A local synagogue entrance was smeared with feces and food in an apparent antisemitic attack on the first night of Chanukah on Saturday night. Congregants arriving for prayers on Sunday morning at the Living Torah Center, a synagogue affiliated with the Orthodox Chabad movement, were shocked by the vandalism, which one of the rabbis cleaned as best he could before services. Some feces remained lodged in the upper corner of the building’s facade, and marred a window facing Wilshire Boulevard. Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz told Breitbart News that the attack was not random. The synagogue may have attracted additional attention because of the menorah lit in the window. Jewish law dictates that the Chanukah menorah be placed in a window facing the outside world in order to publicize the holiday. 
When the temple learned that the TV news was finally interested in their situation, rather than downplaying their window menorah out of fear that it would attract more trouble, Rabbi Boruch and Mrs. Rivka Rabinowitz elected to organize a public menorah lighting party Monday evening. They welcomed the community to come participate in a lighting of the besmirched window's menorah. Even area Gentiles appeared in support.

Santa Monica Synagogue Turns Darkness to Light on Chanukah by Joel Pollak Dec 27, 2016
A synagogue that was vandalized on the first night of Chanukah, with feces and food smeared across the front entrance near a menorah display, held a joyful public menorah lighting on Monday evening to celebrate unity and tolerance.
Community joins in ceremony (Photo: Howard Cramer)
Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz of the Living Torah Center, a congregation affiliated with the Orthodox Jewish movement of Lubavitch Chabad, told a crowd of over 100 people who had gathered on Wilshire Boulevard that the community would set aside the darkness of the event and spread the light of the holiday instead. “We will make the light burn … we will give the light to another, that they should pass it to another … protect the flame of Godliness.” “It’s not only [that] we care that this synagogue should not be desecrated, but of course we care that no holy place should be desecrated, not in the United States of America, and not anywhere around the world,” the rabbi said. 
Anti-Israel protestors in Chicago
Christmas and Easter has historically brought violence and vandalism to Jewish minorities. Jews in Eastern and Western Europe have experienced a rise in anti-Semitism in the past 15-years- from both Christians and Muslims. But have North American Jews, living in suburban and urban liberal enclaves since the civil-rights movement ''60s, been too cavalier in assuming resentment of Israel and Jews is no social or physical threat.

Is the largely Muslim anti-Semitism of Europe growing on North American shores? Are diaspora Jews oblivious to the extent of anti-Semitism revealed through online media news, posts, and comments? JooTube.TV reports from the post-vandalism vigil to see what  lessons can be learned from the Santa Monica Smearing, the ensuing vigil of support, and in which ways the event might influence how Jews think and adapt to anti-Semitism in our communities.

Valerie Jarrett, Pres.Obama, Hillary Clinton
Are the 70% of Jews who supported Obama and Hillary Clinton feeling betrayed by Obama and Secy of State John Kerry at their holiday-week back-stab of the Jewish State?

Many people assumed that the election of Donald Trump would be a panacea for Zionism. Until January 20th, the Obama administration is setting-up UN resolutions beyond US law which will legally vilify Israel - and socially vilify her supporters in their own communities. More anti-Semitic bigotry and discrimination will surely grow. 

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Star of Hollywood's most recent Israeli-independence movie turns 100

Michael, Anne, Catherine, and Kirk Douglas
 photo --------------------------------------------------_zpsc763f19f.jpgKirk Douglas was 50 when he made Hollywood's most recent movie on Israeli sovereignty. Now he's 100. 

Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in upstate New York on 9 December 1916, turned 100 on Friday 9 Dec 2016. His family threw him a birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel for around 200 family and friends. Douglas grew up in poverty with his immigrant (Belarus) parents Bryna “Bertha” and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch, and six sisters. The family spoke Yiddish at home. The family adopted the name Demsky, so Kirk grew up as Izzy Demsky, and changed his name to Kirk Douglas before enlisting in the Navy in World War II.

Douglas had a complicated relationship with his Jewish identity. In 1999, at age 83, he celebrated his second bar mitzvah, telling the congregation at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, “Today I am a man.”  But between his first and second bar mitzvahs, Douglas was living well outside his Jewish faith.

In an interview he gave Aish.com in 2000, Douglas explained: “Judaism and I parted ways a long time ago, when I was a poor kid growing up in Amsterdam, NY. Back then, I was pretty good in cheder, so the Jews of our community thought they would do a wonderful thing and collect enough money to send me to a yeshiva to become a rabbi. Holy Moses! That scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to be a rabbi. I wanted to be an actor. Believe me, the members of the Sons of Israel were persistent. I had nightmares – wearing long payos and a black hat. I had to work very hard to get out of it. But it took me a long time to learn that you don’t have to be a rabbi to be a Jew.”

All his children were born to non-Jewish mothers, but Douglas insists they were “aware culturally” of his “deep convictions,” and he never tried to influence their own religious decisions.

Douglas’s wife Anne converted to Judaism in 2004. Douglas told author Deborah Moore in 1994 that the underlying theme of some of his films – The Juggler (1953), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Remembrance of Love (1982) – were about “a Jew who doesn’t think of himself as one, and eventually finds his Jewishness.”

The Juggler was the first Hollywood feature filmed in the state of Israel. Cast a Giant Shadow was a big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel David “Mickey” Marcus, a Jewish-American military officer who commanded IDF units during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Kirk Douglas starred as Marcus, alongside Senta Berger (as Haganah fighter, Magda Simon), Yul Brynner (Haganah commander Asher), John Wayne (Marcus’s commanding officer in the Second World War), Frank Sinatra (Vince Talmadge, an expatriate American pilot) and Angie Dickinson (Marcus’s wife). Melville Shavelson adapted, produced and directed.
Don Rickles, 90, cuts-up with Kirk Douglas' on 100th birthday

Douglas is also credited with being on the side of the angels, publicly crediting Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an effort to end the Hollywood Blacklist.

Kirk Douglas speaks Hebrew at "Israel at 60" 2008 .Academy Award recipient Kirk Douglas, introduced by L.A. Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe, addresses the Kodak Theatre audience in Hebrew, recalling the films he made in Israel, including Walter Mirisch's "Cast a Giant Shadow," with John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and Yul Brenner.  
Hosted by Joshua Malina, the event features a cameo appearance by Kirk Douglas, a tribute to Gerda Weismann Klein, HBO's documentarian Cary Antholis, and a speech by American Jewish University's Dr. Michael Berenbaum. 

Award-winning, Keshet Chaim, a contemporary L.A.– based Israeli dance company premiered a new work in honor of Israel’s 60th. US Holocaust Memorial Museum LA Event Dec '11

Son, Michael Douglas pays tribute to the generosity of father Kirk Douglas at Motion Picture & Television Fund's 95th celebration, Hollywood's Night Under the Stars, on October 1, 2016.

Complexities of King David's Holy Temple-building son portrayed on L.A. stage

Solomon, son of King David, ruled the sovereign nation of Israel and in 832 BC, began construction of the Holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash) in Jerusalem.

In L.A., actor and co-writer Marcus J. Freed depicts the complexities of Solomon's world in a humorous, biblical comedy. "Solomon: King, Poet, and Lover" takes you on a funny & fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the life of King Solomon. You meet Solomon as he tries to open the Temple, publish astonishing books of wisdom, experience every delicacy on earth, and keep 700 wives happy. Freed's Solomon is also the King of 700 wives and 300 concubines.

In this video excerpt, Freed likens Solomon's concomitant responsibilities (and proclivities) to spinning juggling plates:

Interview with Solomon actor and co-writer, Marcus Freed: 

Secular-Jewish, Barak Raviv reacts to Solomon production:

Orthodox visitor, Chaya Parkoff from Denver, reacts to show:

Reaction from frum Pico-Robertson's Miriam Greenberg:

The 60-minute performance is witty, engaging & thought-provoking. Los Angeles premiere runs: Sat 12/3 7.30pm, Sun 12/4 3.30pm; Sat 12/10 7.30pm, Sun 12/4 7.30pm. For tickets, click here.

Netflix launches Israeli West Bank spy TV series "Fauda" (2015/16 season) worldwide today

"A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian militant he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion." The first season of Israeli suspense series, Fauda, completed on Israel's "Yes" network (which is readying for its second season there) launches Friday 2 Dec on Netflix. Itay Stern characterizes in Ha'aretz
“Fauda” (which means "chaos" in Arabic) was a major commercial success for Yes. It portrays a group of mist’arvim – undercover soldiers – who work in Judea and Samaria disputed territories, and was acclaimed for its unusually complex and humane portrayal of Arab characters, and realistic focus on life under the Palestinian Authority. The second season has been delayed due to disputes between the production companies, but is due to air in 2017. “We’re so thrilled,” says Raz, about the Netflix purchase. “This is an achievement not only for me and for (co-creator) Avi Issacharoff, but for all the writers and the director and the cast. And especially for Yes, which took on this series that no other broadcaster believed in. Without them, none of this would have happened.” 
“Fauda,” with Hebrew and Arabic dialogue, will air as is, but as an “original Netflix series,” with a new Netflix-produced opening. In some countries, the show will have subtitles, while in others, such as in South America and Eastern Europe, it will be dubbed. 
Here is the trailer

The show was co-created by lead actor Lior Raz and writer Avi Isaacharoff. Mr. Issacharoff is an Israeli journalist known for his focus on Palestinian affairs. He is Middle East analyst for The Times of Israel and its sister news portal Walla!  From 2005 until 2012, he was the Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. The two filmmakers appeared at  the Netflix premiere screening in Hollywood this Monday, but they were not available to tape an interview with JooTube.

Lior Raz, Meir Fenigstein (Israel Film Fest), and Avi Isaacharoff in Hollywood
Lior Raz appeared at international film festival screenings in Europe last year where the show (first 2 episodes combined) met with wide acclaim among liberal judges in Israel-loathing / Palestinian-loving Europe.

When he accompanied the "film" to the Israel Film Festival in Hollywood last November, JooTube asked him about the wisdom in revealing Israeli undercover operations to a distrusting, Muslim and Christian world which suspects Jews of treachery and Israelis of unethical treatment of Palestinians in general. Here is his response:

Lior Raz answers audience questions following screening at Israel Film Festival last November.  JooTube asked him whether he feels there is a risk in showing the world the Palestinian enemy in a way which humanizes them and increases sympathy for their cause:

The news about “Fauda,” whose first season was broadcast by the Yes cable TV channel last year, comes one week after Netflix announced that it had purchased the rights to “Hamidrasha,” a series shown on Channel 2's Reshet franchise. Created by Uri Levron, Daniel Syrkin and Izhar Harlev, "Hamidrasha" is about a group of Israeli agents who are training to work for a Mossad-like espionage organization, and stars Yehuda Levi, Itay Tiran and Yehoram Gaon. It will also be available to Netflix subscribers in 130 countries, including the U.S. and Israel, under the title “Mossad 101”; it will be aired in Hebrew, with subtitles. A few weeks ago, Turner Broadcasting also purchased the rights to “Hamidrasha” for dozens of channels which broadcast in countries including South America, Poland and Russia.- Itay Stern
Text excerpts: "Netflix Buys Rights to Two New Israeli Shows"
'Fauda' will air as is, with Hebrew and Arabic dialogue, as an 'original Neflix series' with a new opening.

"On the Map" scores a victory for Israel's place among the nations

"On The Map," the Cinderella-story of the
1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team which rose to win the European League Championship, is a 
documentary which shows modern Israel achieving its place among nations. Akin to the 1984 US Olympic Hockey team's "Miracle on Ice," Dani Menkin's film shows the politics surrounding little Israel's international vaunt just 4-years past the Munich Olympics tragedy. It is a treat for Jews and Gentiles alike.

Maccabi Tel Aviv's then team captain, Tal Brody, a New Jersey-raised, NBA draftee who made aliyah to play in Israel, made L.A. the final stop on his US tour promoting the movie, appearing alongside co-producer, Nancy Spielberg and director Dani Menkin.

Tal Brody spoke with JewTube.Info about the warm reception he receives in America from so many Israeli emigrants.

Co-producer Nancy Spielberg addressed her penchant for helping bring Israel's story to the silver-screen.  
Director, Dani Menkin, joins his two associates for a discussion and answering questions from the audience.  

The 30th Israel Film Festival is running in Los Angeles from November 12 through Wednesday the 23rd. "On the Map" screens again Sunday in Encino, California at 5pm. Writer/director, Dani Menkin, reveals in detail to JewTube.Info, what went in to making this film. 

Here, the organizers have a 10-day (to be repeated in NYC) opportunity to show films (dramatic and documentary) which portray Israel in a favorable light to the American public.  Israeli-American co-owner of  Cinemoi Film Channel, Daphna Ziman, reacts to seeing "On the Map."

Organizer, Meir Fenigstein, told JewTube.Info they appeal to a mostly American (not only Israeli-American) Jewish and Christian audience. Most of the audiences we have participated in over the past number of years have been predominantly Israeli.

Preceding the feature picture, a short comedy was screened. Actor, Itzik Golan and director, Koby Axran spoke with JewTube.Info regarding their "An Average Story," which depicts an "average" Israeli couple attempting to capitalize on their sudden unearned celebrity.
I.F.F. supporters Debra & Tim Fletcher
at Festival opening Bev Hills Gala

Americans mother and daughter, Ardyth and Alyse Freshman
express their views at I.F.F. Gala in Bev Hills

Via Soros and Rep. Keith Ellison, Hillary’s loss accelerates the Democrats’ turn against Israel

Don't think that Donald Trump's victory has ensured Israel or Jews' safety in America for the coming four-years. The leftist-influence in the Democratic Party will be antagonist in its opposition to Israel and her supporters- Jewish and Christian.

Keith Ellison Meets His People by Scott Johnson, Powerline Nov 16, 2016

On Monday, Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison met with the billionaire Marxists of the Soros-founded Democracy Alliance at its 2016 investment conference. Ellison was to update donors on “the working class vote.” Ellison presumably advised the assembled billionaires that, despite control of the media and culture by their allies on the left, false consciousness among “the working class” remains a challenge to the ultimate victory of the causes they hold dear.

Politico’s Ken Vogel reports on the conference here. Vogel obtained a copy of the conference agenda that Politico has posted here. Vogel reports that “if the agenda is any indication, liberals plan full-on trench warfare against Trump from Day One.” I think the agenda is a reliable if not a leading indicator.

Vogel adds: “Some sessions deal with gearing up for 2017 and 2018 elections, while others focus on thwarting President-elect Trump’s 100-day plan, which the agenda calls ‘a terrifying assault on President Obama’s achievements — and our progressive vision for an equitable and just nation.'”

The conference held no sessions on President Obama’s terrifying achievements. We can only pray that the “terrifying assault” on them is equal to the challenge. I urge readers to review the agenda. It is a highly useful document if you seek to understand the forces arrayed against us.

The Democrats’ big money support causes and organizations in many guises all of which are intended to undermine our freedoms. When this particular revolutions comes, you better be a billionaire or you are screwed, and Brother Keith — f/k/a Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad — is just the man to lead it.

(video courtesy Republican Jewish Coalition)

Hillary’s loss accelerates the Democrats’ turn against Israel by Seth Mandel
New York Post, November 14, 2016  Israel’s supporters were hoping Hillary Clinton could forestall the Democratic Party’s seemingly inevitable turn against the Jewish state. Clinton’s loss last week means we’re officially après Hillary — and must prepare for the flood. 
This could be the last US presidential election that Israelis don’t have to watch with existential dread.
At least, the first signs of a post-Clinton Democratic Party aren't good. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a fiery critic of Israel, is the front-runner to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman.
As Scott Johnson detailed in The Weekly Standard when Ellison was on the verge of winning his House seat in 2006, before his congressional career Ellison had worked with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and even defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism.
Ellison has left Farrakhan far behind, but his Israel criticism remains scathing. As the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported, Ellison “has organized letters urging pressure on Israel, and was an advocate of drawing lessons from the UN Goldstone Report following the 2009 Gaza War.” Even Richard Goldstone, the author of the infamously anti-Israel report, wound up essentially disowning it.
On a trip to Israel last summer, Ellison posted a photo of a sign in Hebron declaring Israel to be an apartheid state and land thief. He has also called for Israel to end the blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip — despite the fact that Gaza-based terrorists have launched over 11,000 rocket attacks on Israeli civilians since Israel withdrew from the strip in 2005. Amid the 2014 war to stop those attacks, Israel discovered that Hamas had built a vast system of underground tunnels from Gaza to Israel in preparation for mass terror attacks.
Yet Ellison is far from a lone voice among Democrats; indeed, he’s co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
In his quest for the party chairmanship, Ellison has the backing of soon-to-be Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer — who prides himself on his pro-Israel bona fides and is now using his credibility on the issue to elevate Ellison. (Retiring Sen. Harry Reid offered his own endorsement over the weekend.)
Schumer might just be bowing to the new reality. According to the Pew Research Center, Democrats sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians by a 43-29 margin — but that’s far closer than just a few years ago.
And among liberal Democrats, it flips: Liberals prefer the Palestinians by a 40-33 margin. 

What are Jewish and Israeli filmmakers' (and Film Festivals) responsibilities to portray Judaism and Israel favorably outside of Israel?

Islamist massacre at Jewish-friendly Le Bataclan hall in Paris Nov 13, 2016
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the massacre at the Israel-friendly, Le Bataclan Massacre nightclub in Paris. In July, it was revealed (here in the Daily Mail) that the Muslim murderers went to extremes to punish patrons of the Jewish and Israel-friendly club: 
French government 'suppressed gruesome torture' of Bataclan victims as official inquiry is told some were castrated and had their eyes gouged out by the ISIS killers. Policemen on the scene of nightclub vomited when they saw victims.
Yesterday, Breitbart News reported "Six of the Jihadis Involved in Paris Attacks Entered Europe as ‘Refugees’:
Surviving Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam helped at least 10 Islamic State fighters enter Belgium as “refugees” through the Balkan route, local media reported Friday. Of these, six went on to participate in the terror attacks which struck Paris last November, and four were involved in the coordinated suicide bombings that hit Brussels in March. The two attacks left 215 people dead, and wounded hundreds more.
Trump-victory protestors in N.Y.C.fly Palestine flag, railing against Israel
One of the complaints among the anti-Trump protests' ideology is against Trump's professed plans to restrict immigration from militant, anti-Semitic, Islamist countries. Related is the anti-Zionist cause to genocide Jews in Israel. Students for "Justice" in Palestine call for a violent terror uprising against Jewish Israel, in this scene from an anti-Trump protest in NYC on Nov 10th, 2016.

Americans (especially Democrats) seeing these news pictures assume that the pro-Hillary, pro-Palestinians' grievances are worthy of appeasing, and Israel is deserving of censure and punishment.

Concomitantly this weekend, the 30th Israel Film Festival opens in Los Angeles. Here, the organizers have a 10-day (repeated in NYC) opportunity to present arguments by showing films (dramatic and documentary) which contradict Israel's opponents and win-over the uninformed, but curious, public.

At I.F.F. Gala, Debra & Tim Fletcher
have their own views on the dilemma
The socio-political economics of Israeli filmmaking encourage production of films critical of Israeli society and politics at the expense of stories favorable to Israel.  In the cold-war Israel is involved in, does the Israel-based (and Israeli government-supported) Festival owner, Meir Fenigstein, have a duty to exclude films which do not depict Israel in a favorable light?

Ardyth and Alyse Freshman share
 views at I.F.F. Gala in Bev Hills

In the wake of the election defeat of Hillary Clinton (backed by 70% of American Jews) at the opening events of the 2016 Festival in Beverly Hills, we spoke to a number of filmmakers and attendees for their perspectives. Mrs. Ardyth Freshman and daughter Alise agreed to speak with JewTube.Info.

A case in point is documentarian Maya Zinshtein's "Forever Pure" in which she examines Jewish-nationalist fans' reaction to the addition of two Muslim players to the Jerusalem capital's soccer team.  Click to play trailer for "Forever Pure" documentary from Maya Zinshtein on Vimeo.

Watch interviews with several Israel Film Festival filmmakers:

Director Raphael Rebibo ("Amor")

Estee Yakov-Meckleberg ("Sandstorm")

Cinematographer Ziv Berkovitch with several pictures in the Festival has some surprising views.

Kristallnacht at Museum of Tolerance with Czech Ambassador Pavol Sepelak

Czech Amb. Pavol Sepelak
Reflections on Kristallnacht, 
event commemorating Kristallnacht was presented by Liebe Geft- Director, Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, November 8, 2015. 

Address by The Honorable Pavol Šepeľák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles. Screening of the award-winning film, "A Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova," based on a screenplay by Arnošt Lustig. Q&A with Special Guests Eva Lustigova, director and daughter of Arnošt Lustig, and Ivan Passer, noted Czech filmmaker and friend of Arnošt Lustig.