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Steven Spielberg 'increasingly alarmed' by rise of antisemitism amid Gaza conflict

Famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg has voiced his growing concern over the rise of antisemitism, particularly during the Israel-Hamas war.

He expressed his fears that “the echoes of history are unmistakable in our current climate” during a heartfelt speech about the importance of halting the spread of antisemitism and extreme views.

Spielberg was speaking at an event honouring the USC Shoah Foundation, which he founded in 1994 following the release of his Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List.

The foundation serves as a platform for Holocaust survivors and witnesses to share their stories with future generations.

In reference to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Spielberg stated: “I am increasingly alarmed that we may be condemned to repeat history, to once again have to fight for the very right to be Jewish.

“We can rage against the heinous acts committed by the terrorists of October 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 is why we are here today to celebrate the work of the Shoah Foundation, which is more crucial now than it even was in 1994.”

“It is crucial in the wake of the horrific October 7 massacre. It is crucial to the stopping of political violence caused by misinformation, conspiracy theories and ignorance.”

“It is crucial because 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 civilised world.”

The USC Shoah Foundation, which has over 55,000 survivor testimonies, is only the fourth recipient of the University Medallion, with US philanthropist Wallis Annenberg being the last in 2017.

Spielberg spoke at the ceremony attended by 30 Holocaust survivors and their families, saying “the echoes of history are unmistakable in our current climate.”

He continued: “The rise of extremist views has created a dangerous environment and radical intolerance (that) leads (to) a society (which) no longer celebrates differences, but instead conspire to demonise those who are different to the point of creating the other.

“The idea of the other is an idea that poisons discourse and creates a dangerous wedge throughout our communities. Othering rationalises prejudice.

“It encourages the willful denial and distortion of reality to enforce preconceptions. Othering is the kindling that fuels extremism and illiberalism.”

Spielberg argued that the creation of “the other” is the foundation of fascism and is “an old playbook that has been dusted off and being widely distributed today.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” he warned.

After the release of Schindler’s List in 1993, which won seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg, he founded the USC Shoah Foundation.

He said it became his “mission” to create a permanent record for “the families, for history, for education, and for every future generation”.

“Never again. Never again. Never again,” he repeated.

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