Film series on antisemitism at Cinemapolis

The horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh was not an isolated event. According to the FBI, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. rose 37 percent in 2017, and Jews were the targets of more than 60% of the religious hate crimes in the US. Campus anti-Semitic incidents have nearly doubled, two years in a row. Why the rise, and what does it mean for society at large? The Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME) will explore these questions in its new film series, “Antisemitism around the World.”

The series opens Nov. 27 with “Crossing the Line 2: the New Face of Antisemitism on Campus,” followed by a panel of Cornell University and Ithaca College students talking about their experiences. The event takes place at Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St, Ithaca, at 7:00 PM and is free to the public.

ICUCME’s “Antisemitism around the World” series will also address the debate about where the boundary lies between criticism of Israel and antisemitism. In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., said “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking antisemitism.” Does Dr. King’s statement still hold true today?

The next two films in the ICUCME film series, beginning with “Antisemitism in the Middle East Today,” will be screened in the spring.

“Antisemitism Around the World” is co-sponsored by the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community and Temple Beth El. Admission to all events in the series is free.