Steven Spielberg warns of anti-Semitism resurgence in a speech to Holocaust survivors as he marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Accepting Oscars for Schindler’s List in 1993

Director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the ‘perennial demons of intolerance’ from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.

…he warned of ‘anti-Semites, radical extremists, and religious fanatics’ who are again provoking hate crimes — a warning that comes after radical Islamists massacred Jews at a kosher supermarket earlier this month in Paris.

Spielberg also noted that there are now Facebook pages that identify Jews and their geographic locations with the intention to attack them, and a growing effort to banish Jews from Europe.

“If you are a Jew today, in fact if you are any person who believes in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, you know that like many other groups we’re once again facing the perennial demons of intolerance.”

Which “religious fanatics”? Who’s threatening “freedom of expression”? Who wants to “banish Jews from Europe”?He’s probably the most powerful man in Hollywood. I wish he would have the courage to speak in something other than evasions and platitudes.

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