Defamation (2009)

Director
Yoav Shamir

Main cast
Uri Avneri; Norman Finkelstein; Abraham Foxman; John Mearsheimer

Genres
Documentary, Foreign

Description
Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"


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