Alleged Jewish 'Control'
of the American Motion Picture Industry

Introduction
New Industry, Old Charges
Conspiracy Theory Persists
Debunking the Lie

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The International Jew
The Myth of Jewish Control of the Federal Reserve
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion


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Conspiracy Theory Persists

To the present day, anti-Semites have continued to allege that Jews are engaged in a conspiracy to "control" Hollywood. Indeed, the Dearborn Independent's anti-Jewish writings continue to be circulated by anti-Semitic entities such as Liberty Bell Publications

"Those Jews who enter the movie industry have done so as individuals pursuing the American dream, not as representatives of their religious group,"
under the title The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem.

Even a reputable British magazine in 1994 revived the stereotype of Hollywood in which an alleged "Jewish cabal" controls the industry. The article, in The Spectator, authored by William Cash, a Hollywood correspondent for the conservative British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, contended that Jews have created an "invidious and protective culture" that denies employment to non-Jews.

The Anti-Defamation League expressed outrage at the article, saying that it raised the age-old canard of Jewish control and conspiracy and was reminiscent of classic anti-Semitic propaganda of the past hundred years. "Those Jews who enter the movie industry have done so as individuals pursuing the American dream, not as representatives of their religious group," commented ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman.

Also responding to the allegation of Jewish "control" of Hollywood, author Neil Gabler told The New York Times: "This is a tradition that will endure as long as the motion picture industry exists. It's made by people who hate film, who hate the modernizing influence that film has had on American life, and who hate Jews."



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This report was originally issued in September 1999.

2000 Anti-Defamation League