The Ultra Zionists


By Robyn Rosen
February 4, 2011
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A review in today’s Independent about last night’s Louis Theroux film, The Ultra Zionists, demonstrates exactly what I feared.

In it, author Alice-Azania Jarvis makes a generalisation that I’m sure many viewers have and will continue to make.

She says: “It was the bloody single-mindedness of the Zionists that stole the show.”

Theroux maintains that he is clear throughout the programme that he focusses on a fringe, extreme group of Zionists and that clearly there are a host of other Zionists who do not necessarily share the same attitudes.

He also told me that his programmes always focus on an extreme group. And this is certainly true of most his previous films.

But this film does not just focus on the goings-on of one extreme group. It looks at an incredibly complex conflict as a whole and attempts to explain different aspects of it.

It looks at the everyday lives of Palestinians and the effect it has on those living in East Jerusalem. But on the “other side” it only looks at a small group of extreme Zionists and does not attempt to explore any other Zionist, Jewish or Israeli attitudes.

That missing word in the Independent review speaks volumes about the “single-mindedness” of those who are so quick to criticise Zionism as a whole.

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tonylevene

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 12:34

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Still to see the programme completely, but it will be interesting to compare it with his treatment of the Greensboro Baptist Church - the US fringe which attends military funerals and shouts at mourners that their loved one was killed for being gay.
So, I've only seen clips but Jews, of all people, should appreciate what it is like to be at the boot and rifle butt end of extremism.
It's time for everyone in the middle east to end infantile squabbles and embrace love. Perhaps focused inter-marriage is the answer.


mattpryor

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 12:37

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Tony, from the point of view of someone who is not Jewish I got the complete opposite impression from the show. I got the feeling that it set out to paint a bad picture of Zionism and settlers and for me at least did the reverse. But I love Israel anyway, so maybe I'm not impartial.

I encourage people to watch it with an open mind.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 13:07

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It's time for everyone in the middle east to end infantile squabbles and embrace love. Perhaps focused inter-marriage is the answer.

Do you think Jews can dissolve Islamism this way?

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