Steven Spielberg Speaks Against Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Hate: ‘I’m increasingly alarmed.’

Steven Spielberg Speaks Against Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Hate: 'I’m increasingly alarmed.'

Acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is considered to be one of the best filmmakers in history. With numerous hit films, Spielberg has managed to find a formula that effectively blends commercially acceptable films with true artistry. But, aside from being a brilliant filmmaker, Spielberg is also a human rights advocate and is known for addressing major societal and political issues from time to time.

Recently, the acclaimed filmmaker opened up about the situation in the Middle East, condemning both the terror attack on Israel’s population and Isreael’s brutal reaction to the attack. The speech was given as Spielberg accepted the University of Southern California’s highest honor, the University Medallion; this was only the fourth time in history that the Medallion has been awarded.

Discussing the ongoing issues, the acclaimed filmmaker said the following to the gathered audience:

We can rage against the heinous acts committed by the terrorists of Oct. 7 and also decry the killing of innocent women and children in Gaza. This makes us a unique force for good in the world. And here’s why we are here today to celebrate the work of the Shoah Foundation, which is more crucial now than it even was in 1994.

The echoes of history are unmistakable in our current climate. In the face of brutality, and persecution, we have always been resilient and compassionate people who all understand the power of empathy.

We see every day how the machinery of extremism has been used on college campuses, where fully 50% of students say they have experienced some discrimination because they are Jewish. This is also happening alongside anti-Muslim, Arab and Sikh discrimination.

The foundation of fascism has been dusted off and is being widely distributed today. I’m increasingly alarmed that we may be condemned to repeat history to once again to fight for the very right to be Jewish.

Stopping the rise of antisemitism and hate of any kind is critical to the health of our democratic republic and the future of democracy all over the civilized world.

Source: The Wrap

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