US documentary bursts Sept 11 lie

5th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - A documentary tackling an anti-Jewish lie that spread around the world after September 11, 2001 screened at a French film festival celebrating American film Saturday.

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - A documentary tackling an anti-Jewish lie that spread around the world after September 11, 2001 screened at a French film festival celebrating American film Saturday.

The filmmaker, Marc Levin, told AFP he hoped his movie 'The Protocols of Zion' would help dispel the myth -- widely believed in Arab countries and elsewhere -- that no Jews died in the attack on the World Trade Centre because the outrage was part of some Zionist conspiracy.

"Light is the best disinfectant," said Levin, a New York-based US Jew who has made a number of documentaries for US television and fictional features based on real events.

The documentary, which opened the documentary section of the Deauville film festival, gets its title from an anti-Jewish booklet that has circulated for over a century and that alleges that Jews have a secret plan to rule the world.

Levin said he got the idea after talking with an Egyptian taxi driver who pointed to the booklet as justification for his believing that 4,000 Jews did not turn up to work the day of the attacks on New York and Washington.

"It started as a sort of personal catharsis in the wake of September 11," Levin said. "I couldn't believe I was hearing these rumours."

Filmed in 2003 and 2004, the documentary will be released in the United States in October and in Europe in November.

Levin said he also hoped to organise a screening in the Palestinian territories, where he hoped to counter the effects of the 'Protocols of Zion' being taught out of school textbooks.

"Hate is a part of the human psyche," Levin asserted, adding that it often the language of many sorts of religious fanatics, not just Muslim ones, and that it led to actions such as suicide bombings because the perpetrators believed they were sanctified by God.

"How do you stop that?" Levin asked. "It can't just be military intervention in Baghdad and Afghanistan.... There are intelligent people who hate, smart people who hate."

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