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March 25, 2015 7:33 pm

Harvey Weinstein Encourages Jewish Action Against Antisemites: ‘Kick These Guys in the Ass’

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Harvey Weinstein at the Algemeiner's 'JEWISH 100' Gala in 2013. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday night urged Jews to stand together and act against antisemites, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass,” he said upon accepting the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton. “We’re gonna have to get as organized as the mafia. We just can’t take it anymore [from] these crazy bastards.”

Weinstein admitted he was moved when he read The Atlantic Monthly‘s April cover story headlined ‘Should the Jews leave Europe?‘ and a piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks about how to combat antisemitism. He said, “It’s like, here we go again, we’re right back where we were [before the Holocaust]. And the lessons of the past are we better stand up and kick these guys in the ass.”

The co-head of The Weinstein Company said he believes it is time for Jews to band together with those Muslims “who are honorable and peaceful.” He noted that while Jews must be understanding of their “Arab brothers and our Islamic brothers, we also have to understand that these crazy bastards [Arab and Islamic extremists] are also killing their own.”

“They’re killing neighbors, they’re killing people from all sorts of different races,” he said. “And, unlike World War II, when we didn’t act right away and we paid the price, we better start acting now. Trust me, I’m the last guy who wants to do anything about it, but I realize if we don’t, we will perish. We can’t allow the bad guys to win.”

The famed producer was among four honorees recognized at the event, where more than a dozen Holocaust survivors were asked to stand as they were applauded by the audience. Weinstein was introduced on stage as “a really nice Jewish boy” by his friend Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Christoph Waltz. The latter won the best supporting actor Oscar twice for his roles in a Weinstein-produced films including Inglourious Basterds, where he played a Nazi.

Weinstein told the audience at the event, “Too bad movies can’t all be like Inglourious Basterds, where Hitler gets what he deserves.”

In 2013, Weinstein headlined The Algemeiner‘s ‘Jewish 100’ Gala.

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  • Eve Laing

    Harvey Weinstein is perfectly situated to really change the dynamic here. No one does film better than we do. The Palestinians have poisoned the world with their film propaganda so perfectly that no one realizes how they manipulate and control the world’s anti-Semitic ranting. It’s time we rolled up our sleeves with the idea that enough is enough. We can turn the picture around by strengthening our will to change the common situation to our favour. Why not, we are in the right. Let us narrate our story. We are gifted with our history and humour. Instead of complaining, let us change what is hateful and so destructive of the good life we could have without this hate-mongering.

    Eve Laing

  • Paul

    Right on !!
    For many Israelis, the very essence and significance of Israel is, that Israel is the place where anybody who wants to bash jews must come well armed, because HERE WE FIGHT BACK.
    The jews SHOULD fight back.

  • Marylin Pitz

    I fear those who ignore the lessons of history. We have a flawed, failed President, one who has not managed global affairs well. The mid-East, including the debacle of Yemen (which he declared a “success” last year) Putin, ISIS, the release of 5 Taliban terrorists for an Army desrter, etc. What have failed leaders done, what ‘card’ have they played–i.e. the Czar of Russia– when affairs are not going well–If you know history at all you know the answer: BLAME THE JEWS.
    All of you who voted for him, consider what you’ve done.

  • rulierose

    here’s an idea, Harvey: how about you and your Jewish buddies in Hollywood stop supporting Barack Obama? THAT might help stand up against the anti-Semites.

  • Elliott Lehem

    It’s long overdue. And the Christians should do the same in Africa and wherever they are being killed.

  • Alex Slabo

    I suggest you tell your readers about this

    Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. This is not a Right Wing Nut Group but a very lawful and legitimate organization, Check them out.

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  • Shalom-Hillel

    He’s a huge Obama supporter. Sounds like he is conflicted.

  • RobiMac

    “We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass.”


  • Jack Holan

    You better be listening ‘Established American Jewish Organizations”! It may make you feel uncomfortable and think about the non-Jews “what will they think of us if we act this way”. I’ve got news for you, and you are out of touch, worry more what “they will thnk of us if we don’t act” especially after the experience of the Holocaust!

  • Not only kicking their asses, but blow up their minds! We have the body and mind to do it! We must stand UP! We are living in time of madness which derives from cowardice Nazis who does recruit naïve defenseless stolen brains people into becoming Anti- Semitic, terrorist driving the whole world into Chaos. Watch out!

  • bonifcae mwansasu

    Mr Weinstein is among the few famous people who direct support jews and shows his anger against are not alone,we will stand altogether until the end of time.GOD BLESS ISRAEL.

  • Barrack Hussein Obama face it – Israel is Jewish territory and it is not negotiable.
    The Arabs already have 46,000 sq. miles of Jewish land (5 times the size of Israel) that they confiscated from the million Jews they expelled from Arab countries in the past 90 years. T%hey also have the Jewish territory of Jordan.
    I think you do not have your facts straight – Israel belongs to the Jews.
    The Quran states it clearly.
    Israel is a Jewish State its territories are non-negotiable. It has been a Jewish country for over 4,000 years.
    The Arab-Palestinians are the occupiers. All they want is to destroy the Jews. They educated their children and the masses to commit terror and violence against Israel. The dance in the streets when the twin towers in 9-11 collapsed and 3,000 Americans died.
    It is amazing how you and many others choose to ignore that the Arab countries have expelled over a million Jews from their countries in the last 90 years. Jews who lived there for over 2,000 years. The Arabs confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and real estate 5-6 times the size of Israel – 120,000 sq. km. or 46,000 sq. miles which is valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Any Arab who is not happy to live under the Israeli government can move there.
    Study your history; Mouhamed in 627 about 1,500 years ago beheaded 700 Jews in Medina which was a Jewish town in Saudi Arabia, he killed all the men took the women as slaves and raped their daughters. This is just the tip of history.
    Do you want more study the complete unbiased history objectively.
    YJ Draiman
    There was never an Arab-Palestinian State in Greater Israel and there will never be – face it.
    The Ottoman land records of Palestine confirm that the Arabs did not own land, the were sharecroppers. Over 90% of the land was owned by the government the balance was owned by absentee wealthy Arabs from Lebanon who sold it to the Jews at premium prices.
    It is time to implement population transfer for all the Arabs.
    who create violence, riot and attack Jews and anyone else. They could be relocated to the home and land of the million Jewish people, expelled from Arab countries or Jordan.
    YJ Draiman.

    Tell the White House official to return occupied Texas and other states to Mexico and the rest of the United States to the Indians.
    The Jews have a history with Israel going over 4,000 years. The Americans have only a few hundred years of occupation and deliberate destruction of the Indians.
    YJ Draiman.

    • Paul

      History is great to learn from. But it doesn’t replace the reality of the present.
      There are millions of Arabs in the territories, who are not going anywhere without a fight.
      That is why we can’t have all the territories. These choices were made back then by Ben Gurion, and they remain true today.
      And if you think the USA should return the country to the Indians, you are again ignoring the present in favor of the past. But if you nsist – threaten to cut of military and financial aid to the US if they don’t return the land to the Indians.

  • Historian

    I would love to see a film showing President Obama’s actions in the past few years clearly indicating his racist antisemetic feelings agains the Jewish State of Israel the PM Natanyahu (who he has never called to congratulate and gossips against him to European leaders. The Jews of LA have given that racist Jew hater millions. How ironic. He should be wearing a swastika. (and I am talking about OUR president. How terrible is that but so true!!

    • Paul

      Half of the Israelis share the same anti-bibi sentiments. Does that make them anti-semite racists jew haters too ?

  • Historian

    We need to have a movie where President Obamas antisemetic stances and actions show racist bios and gets impeached. I would like to see that movie.. Obama should wear a swastika on his arm.

  • steven L

    What to do with the liberal Jews and other Jewish antisemites who claim to be Zionists; an oxymoron for sure.

    • Peter O South African

      Not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews. That is why people say that Anti Zionism is not Anti Semitism

  • Jacqueline Franch

    Harvey Weinstein and his ilk are part of the problem. They all support Obama with big donations. They must realize what a ‘sone yisroel’ he is. Is being a Democrat more important than being a loyal American or Israeli or Jew? Why has the Algemeiner bought into this rubbish. Non-pJews like Jon Voight deserve respect, not people like Harvey Weinstein who have bought into the cult of Obama.

  • brenrod

    the main causes of world anti semitism today are the israeli and diaspora leftist jews who bought into and spread the propaganda of the anti semites against their own. Until the Jewish anti semites are cut out from the jewish body they will be a plague on the jewish people. Start with the Soros Jstreet kapos.

  • Max

    I couldn’t agree more. Finally here is an influential Jew saying it like it is. There is no percentage in trying to reason rationally with barbarians. When they hit you, you have to hit back and hit hard. And you have to keep on hitting until those bastards realize they have more to lose with their stupid attacks than their would-be victims.

    • Marco Redwolf

      The same ultra left liberal influential Jew that is a huge supporter of Obama and is anti second amendment ? Maybe he should use his influence to persuade all his fellow Jews to stop voting for idiots like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Food for Harvey. Maybe they should start making pictures to counter the propaganda coming from the loonies Do not cede the field to them.

    • Jacqueline Franch

      what’s wrong with you people? Harvey’s religion is being a liberal democrat and his g-d is Obama. He is influential but mostly for the wrong reasons. Think of all the money he’s dispensed helping Obama stay in power. Someone should ‘kick Harvey’s ass’!