'Feldman' Attack on 'Passion' is a Hoax
News/Comment; Posted on: 2004-02-28 11:31:09

With its origin apparently a Usenet article posted using a one-time-use throwaway account on Google Groups, a story is making the e-list and Web site rounds which states that a "Rabbi David Feldman" of a "recently formed" yet "prominent" Jewish group called "Jews Against Anti-Semitism" is calling for the arrest of Mel Gibson by Homeland Security on the grounds that his film The Passion is an act of terrorism. This alleged news report, from a nonexistent newspaper called the "Capitol Press," is a crude hoax designed to discredit the legitimate exposÚs of the Jewish double standard by associating them with an obvious imposture. The text of the hoax article follows:

From: [email protected] (D.C. Correspondent)
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Subject: Jewish group says "The Passion" is an act of terrorism
Date: 22 Feb 2004 00:32:48 -0800
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Jewish group says "The Passion" is an act of terrorism

WASHINGTON D.C. (Capitol Press) - A prominent Jewish organization has denounced Mel Gibson's "The Passion" as an act of terrorism and can prove the movie violates the Patriot Act.

Jews Against Anti-Semitism, a recently formed Washington D.C. based defense league for Jews, has issued a press release pointing out sections of U.S. law which are being violated by Mel Gibson's film.

"Clearly there are laws on the books which have outlawed the inciting of riots or acts civil disobedience which endanger human life. Mel Gibson's movie will incite violence against Jews and put the lives of million of Jews in danger" said Rabbi David Feldman, a spokes person for Jews Against Anti-Semitism.

According to Rabbi Feldman "Under Section 802 of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, any crime which endangers human life is defined as an act of domestic terrorism. Mel Gibson's incitement of anti-Semitism is a civil disobedience crime which endangers human life and under the Patriot Act "The Passion" is an act of domestic terrorism"

The USA Patriot Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. in order to protect Americans from terrorism.

"We are hereby calling on Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security to arrest Mel Gibson as a terrorist, confiscate all prints of "the Passion", confiscate all materials related to the film as "terrorist paraphernalia" and shut down every terrorist hate site on the internet supporting the film" said Rabbi Feldman.

The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have yet to respond to the inquiries made by Capitol Press regarding this story.

Copyright 2004
Capitol Press
A Beltway Newspapers Publication

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Once again, readers need to be aware that disinformation agents are rife on the Internet: They plant rumors and concocted stories with the specific goal of causing distrust and infighting, and they hope the repetition of the fraudulent stories they plant will discredit well-meaning people.

link to original Usenet posting

Source: Correspondents • Printed from National Vanguard
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