16 March 2004

Side by Side with the Messiah Truth Project: Calling on the DOJ to Investigate Gibson Film


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The International Society for Sephardic Progress commends the Messiah Truth Project, Inc. for their decision to call upon the U.S. Department of Justice to Evaluate Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" for Violations of Hate Crime Statutes. The film is designed to make the Jews look as a body of pariahs; the subjectivity Mr. Gibson put into the film strikes up the root cause of 2000 years of anti-Jewish hatred which led to such extremes as the Catholic Inquisition in Spain and the expulsion of 300,000 Jews from Iberia in the 15th century.

Thus, we wish to express our utmost support to the Messiah Truth Project, and we conjointly call upon the DOJ as well as the Attorney General to investigate this film as a mitigating factor for many of the anti-Semitic attacks which have occurred in the last few weeks.


The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) is a Jewish agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing Sephardim internationally. The ISFSP also functions to produce high quality Jewish educational projects which will educate the public on the rich Sephardic Jewish communities, past and present.

The ISFSP is a a non-profit organization.


Messiah Truth Press Release

U.S. Department of Justice

ISFSP Executive Director's
review of The Passion

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