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March 7, 2016 6:39 pm

Major Jewish Group Demands ABC Cancel ‘Quantico’ for ‘Vicious Defamation of Jews, Israel and the IDF’

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A major Jewish group is gathering signatures for a petition against ABC to cancel the series Quantico, amid allegations of anti-Israel and antisemitic content.

The Zionist Organization of America has been protesting what it considers the “blatant, vicious defamation of Jews, Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), promoting ugly lies against the Jewish people and the Jewish state” on the TV thriller about a group of FBI recruits training to become special agents.

In a statement released on Friday, ZOA President Morton A. Klein and Director of Special Projects Liz Berney referred to a previous complaint they had lodged with ABC – on October 30 – and what they considered an “unhelpful letter” from the network, which “failed to address Quantico’s factual anti-Semitic errors.”

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Since then, they wrote, rather than doing something to rectify the situation,

Quantico intensified its anti-Semitism and its vicious portrayals of the IDF as “war criminals” when in fact, the IDF is the world’s most moral army.

Quantico also escalated its practice of mocking and portraying Jews as sniveling, untrustworthy, duplicitous, disloyal, war criminals, violent, unable to see the “greater good,” people who “follow orders” that are wrong; terrorism-plotters and ugly bomb-makers. Quantico also makes absurd “Islamaphobia” claims; portrays Muslims as moral and beautiful; glorifies a Muslim Imam who defies the FBI; and glorifies Arab terrorists and Palestinian-Arab “resistance” (a euphemism for Palestinian-Arab attacks on Jews).

It is time, they wrote, “for ABC to cancel this horrendous, defamatory series, which reverses reality. Jews are already being subjected to far more religious hate crimes than any other group: Sixty-percent (60%) of U.S. religious hate crimes are against Jews (and only 15% are against Muslims). Quantico will inflame more baseless Jew hatred and incite even more anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

The statement includes a detailed, episode-by-episode description of characters and dialogue in the series to illustrate what the ZOA considers to be the justice of its claims.

For example:

In Episode 1, a Jew traveling to Gaza is depicted as something shameful, and the only “legitimate” reason to travel there is presented as trying to become “better informed” about the “real” Arab perspective.  (“Zionism”  – which is the right of the Jewish people to their homeland – is also treated with disdain.)

Nimah: “Simon Asher, you are a Conservative Jew from a staunch Zionist family, yet four years ago, you traveled to Gaza to live with the Palestinians, and to this day, you never told anyone. Sorry. I forgot… yes or no?”

Simon: (looks upset, embarrassed) “Yes.”

Alex (present day): “He only went to Gaza because he wanted to be better informed.”

FBI present-day interrogator/agent: “Well, that’s what he told you.  We know the real reason.”

And this:

Episode 4 contains the outrageous lie that Israelis bombed the Gaza greenhouses:

Simon Asher:  “I spent months with the UAWC rehabbing greenhouses bombed by the Israelis in the Gaza strip.”

As detailed in ZOA’s prior article, Israel gave these greenhouses (which were producing millions of dollars of flowers and vegetables) to the Gazan Arabs, and the Arabs looted and destroyed the greenhouses.

At the end of the release, the ZOA provides the names, email addresses and Twitter handles of ABC executives and even actors on the series.

Quantico premiered on ABC on September 27, 2015. It was renewed for a second season last week.

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  • AmericanPatriot

    These same groups should protest whenever other minority groups are made fun of in the same manner. Regardless, they have no say in what entertainment the American public should be exposed to.

  • Nikki

    This is really ridiculous that people take everything as gospel. It is a TV show that is fictitious and NOT based on fact. It really is funny how people from any type of race/colour or creed feel that the focus is on them. Get tougher skin. I am so sick and tired of people taking everything so literally. I did not rush out and google the bombing etc, I did not rush out and google Jewish. I watched the program and when it finished I didn’t think anymore of it. Stop wasting energy on trivel and do something constructive to help people.

  • john

    Thank you ABC, I love the show ! it’s one of the best shows ever
    thank you very much

  • Drey

    It’s a really good tv show either way. If you disagree or agree with what facts you believe or not believe to be true then don’t watch it. People still believe what they want no matter if what’s said in a tv show supports what they think or not. Get over it, this is America land of the free home of the brave not the land of the bitchy and home of the sensitive. You can have your opinion and freely state it but to start a petition to get rid of a show made to entertain that people like because you believe it to falsely characterize a group of people. Plenty of shows do that and others may disagree but it’s not a big deal. If you know it’s not true and you are apart of that ethnic background then you know how it is what others think don’t matter. Nobody is making you watch the show there’s hundred of other channels. Stop being so sensitive and live life

    • Elaine

      you’re an idiot

    • HaroldT

      If the Jews were portrayed as Muslims and the Muslims portrayed as Jews in this series I can imagine how you would foam at the mouth like a rabid skunk.

    • Roy

      Quite the ignorant fool you are!

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Lodged Oct. 30th and no response.

    If blacks were upset about something similar how fast do you think ABC would react?

    IMMEDIATELY

    Jews are probably the writers of Quantico and that’s the crux of the problem.

    • Carl

      You nailed it. A lot of this anti-Jewish, anti-Israel sentiment is mostly written by Jews and defended by Jews claiming freedom of speech. If minorities write anything anti-Jewish, it’s ok too because it’s their freedom and Jews always stand up for minorities. If it’s a white person doing this, than it’s a problem and there’s already a protest. Quantico tends to be anti-Israel but there was also anti-Arab sentiments too. I like the show and I am pro-Israel and plan to watch the second season. I think there’s worse TV shows out there that are even more anti-Jewish/Israel that need to be taken off the air. Not this one.

    • Sean S

      This is one thing which has always confused me until I came to a realization. The are so many self-hating Jews it makes one head spin. I could never figure out, why? It really comes down to this: These self-hating Jews do not worship the G-d of their forefathers; but, at the altar of progressivism and liberalism. That is their god. Sad, very sad.

  • Robert Charet, MD

    The vicious anti-Semitism and slander of Jews, Israel and the IDF rampant in “Quantico” have no place on American airwaves.
    Certainly such mistreatment of blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, or Muslims more generally, would never be permitted.
    For some reason, Jews are “fair game.”
    This is utterly unacceptable.
    “Quantico” is a disgrace and an outrage. It is hateful and will inspire more Jew hatred.
    It should be cancelled immediately.
    Robert Lance Charet, MD
    Los Angeles.

  • Pavel Tsvetkov

    We live in a world where people seem to believe that bombing Palestinian children in hospitals and schools is excusable, but mentioning IDF and war crimes in the same sentence is not. Get a dictionary and check what “freedom of speech” means.

    • Elaine

      Pavel, get the facts and learn that Hamas places their bombs under hospitals and besides schools intentionally, using their own children as human shields, ignoramus.

      • Yaron Zohar

        Col. Kemp -2:
        Israel faces a challenge that we UK do not. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by international media, & human rights groups, that Israel in wrong, while abusing human rights.

        Israel took extraordinary measures to give Gazans notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties.

      • Yaron Zohar

        Col. Kemp-3:
        Israel allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid to Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy’s hands is, to the military tactician -unthinkable. But Israel took those risks.
Despite all, innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos & full of mistakes.
        Countless mistakes by UK. US & others in Afghanistan & Iraq.
        Human errors. Mistakes are not war crimes.
        Civilian casualties -consequence of HAMAS DELIBERATELY SACRIFICING PALESTINIANS.

      • Yaron Zohar

        Israel ‘exceeded legal standards’ in Gaza conflict, military group tells UN
        The mission, headed by chief of staff of the Bundeswehr & chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Klaus Naumann, Admiral Jose Maria Teran, chief of the joint staff of Spain &10 other generals, chiefs of staff, politicians & officials from Holland, Spain, Italy, Australia, Colombia, the US & UK.
        All confirm that IDF’s ‘scrupulous adherence’ to laws of war cost Israeli lives, army took ‘extensive measures’ to protect Gazan civilians
        A multinational military group submitted a report to U.N indicating that Israel went to great lengths to adhere to the laws of war & to protect Palestinian civilians during last summer’s 50-day war with Hamas in & around the Gaza Strip.

    • Golum…

      Pavel you’re an IDIOT!!!If you HATE Israel sooo much… why are you trolling Algemeiner???

    • Yaron Zohar

      Col. Kemp, commander of UK forces in Afghanistan’s testimony at UNHRC Goldstone Report:

      -“Israel did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.
      -Israel faces enemy deliberately positioning its military behind human shield of civilians
      -Hamas – expert at driving media agenda.
      -Always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents.”


    • Yaron Zohar

      FROM HAMAS CHARTER:
      “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them);

      HAMAS
      until Jews hide behind rocks & trees, which will cry: O Muslim! a Jew hides behind me, kill him! 

  • Sharin Tephila

    Give us email addresses to write to at ABC. I watched some episodes and was appalled by the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic content. Also let’s do a twitter campaign.

  • Al Talena

    Just one more proof that the lefty intelligentsia, which will go to the barricades to defend other groups sees Jews & Israel as legal targets.
    But what is outrageous are the comments by Jews who say the series should continue. No person in any racial, religious, ethnic group, etc would give aid & comfort to its enemy, except Jews.

    • Carl

      Right on. Jews are known for this. They’re the only culture who cares about other minorities other than themselves and loves their enemy instead of fighting them. The Jews are the only culture who want to unify cultures when they should really unify themselves and fight for their culture first.

  • David Florence

    Major jewish-group-demands-abc-cancel-quantico-for-vicious-defamation-of-jews-israel-and-the-IDF.

    ZOA….get a life!

    DLF

    • Al Talena

      So you think its OK. Blacks would call one of their own who thinks like you “Uncle Tom”

      • Golum…

        Just Call him the “Fershlugganeh” Uncle David!!!

  • Reform School

    With its deep, protozoan conceptualization, does Z.O.A. believe (“think” may be too generous) Jew-bashing UNRWA schools poison Samarian, Judean and Gazan Arab minds, but steady Jew-bashing from thousands of tax-exempt school, college, university, foundation and other “public” radio stations across the United States of America does not poison American minds of all stripes? Is it reasonable to expect the butcher, baker and candlestick maker to remain unbiased when self-loathing, guilt-ridden assimilated Jews infest every part of America’s legal profession? From the American Civil Liberties Union to the Southern Poverty Law Center, J Street to Judge, A.D.A. to Z.O.A., Israel’s worst enemy is the professional Jew, whose REAL religion is Liberalism.

    • Al Talena

      Are you complaining that ZOA is trying to end the anti-Semitic program?
      Where do you get your info that ZOA is not involved in other pro Israel activities? Where do you get your info that ZOA is not involved in anti-BDS activities on campus? To say that ZOA is part of the arab/lefty/self-hating Jew coalition is like saying the IDF is part of the wermacht.

      While your heart and analysis of the overall situation is correct, your knowledge of ZOA is screwed up. I can only imagine what else is. Go back and get an education about the various Jewish organizations. They are not all the same.

  • Penni Anderson

    Hollywood and American network Media NEVER gets it right. I am Cherokee. I know. So sorry that script-writers and the world’s historians don’t have a clue.

    • b b

      You are right about that. I kin to Andrew Jackson and they dam sure do not get that right. Cousin Andy, Old Hickory was a member of the Cherokee Tribe. His name is Sharp knife. He appropriated $5,000,000.00 for the
      moving of the tribes to Oklahoma. 2,000 listened to Sharp Knife and are now living off their Oil Proceeds as the Cherokee Nation Oklahoma. The rest listened to a half breed principal chief that had slaves. Andrew Jackson left office. Buchannan sent the U. S. Army to move the holdouts at bayonet point, Not Andrew Jackson. By that time, Yankee crooks had stole most of the $5,000,000.00 and the rest the got by selling bad meat and nasty blankets for the Cherokee use.
      The Yankees have been lying about a lot of stuff since about 1830 when the South almost left the first time.
      Semper Fi and Good Night Chesty Puller Where Ever You Are.

    • Sharin Tephila

      Not fair. ZOA is not immune to the understanding that modern American education is really indoctrination. But don’t blame ZOA for it. We the people, parents & grandparents are the ones who are asleep on the job. Our kids are getting brainwashed without our protest, by an agenda designed at the UN.

  • You would have to have been in a coma to not know the Arabs in
    Gaza destroyed the greenhouses. Anyone who would have gone so far as to depict that the Jews destroyed the greenhouses is simply either the dumbest person on the planet and hence should never have been responsible in any way for this production, or is in fact the biggest liar imaginable.

    • Golum…

      In fact it was even worse…

      It is my understanding that an independent group of Jews bought the Greenhouse Business so the private owners Would Not Destroy it before the return of Gaza to the Arabs…they even offered to train the arabs in how to run it!!!
      The intent was to show arabs that Jews/Israeli’s were in fact concerned about the two peoples getting along in peace and this was an offering…
      THe first day in Hamas hands they destroyed the place!!!…so much for peace offerings!!!

  • You would have to have been in a coma to not know the Arabs in
    Gaza destroyed the greenhouses. Anyone who would have gone so far as to depict that the Jews destroyed the greenhouses simply either the dumbest person on the planet and hence should never have been responsible in any way for this production, or is in fact the biggest liar imaginable.

    • orange

      correct

  • Tzvi

    Jewish organizations need to stop yelling antisemitism all time. have they heard of the parable of the boy who cried wolf?

    • Al Talena

      Tell that to the victims of hitler.

    • Sharin Tephila

      The ones who are crying wolf too often are those who are screaming “Islamophobia” when the highest number of hate crimes, by far, in the US, are against Jews. Check FBI statistics yourself. You don’t have to take my word for it.

    • ellen

      If you only knew — do a little research and you will see what is going on

      • Yaron Zohar

        Israel ‘exceeded legal standards’ in Gaza conflict, military group tells UN
        The mission, headed by chief of staff of the Bundeswehr & chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Klaus Naumann, Admiral Jose Maria Teran, chief of the joint staff of Spain &10 other generals, chiefs of staff, politicians & officials from Holland, Spain, Italy, Australia, Colombia, the US & UK.
        All confirm that IDF’s ‘scrupulous adherence’ to laws of war cost Israeli lives, army took ‘extensive measures’ to protect Gazan civilians
        A multinational military group submitted a report to U.N indicating that Israel went to great lengths to adhere to the laws of war & to protect Palestinian civilians during last summer’s 50-day war with Hamas in & around the Gaza Strip.

    • Golum…

      TZI…
      You’re NOT Paranoid… when they are REALLY Chasing You!!!

  • Myron Slater

    I will never watch this program after the series portrays the Jews of Israel in this manner!

    • b b

      I guess we all just got to quit watching television. Look what they do to us Southerners. The lies they tell. You just got to suck it up.
      Semper Fi and Good Night Chesty Puller Where Ever You Are.

  • Ed kohl

    The advertisers must be also held accountable

  • albert weil

    needs to be sent to the sponsors of the program, and since they are public companies, action at annual meetings and boycott of their products

  • Raven

    I am Jewish myself but I must say I love this show and hope it doesn’t get canceled but I definitely did notice the anti semitisn throughout the show which sucks but of course j know the truth so it doesn’t really bother me that much the show is fictitious anyway

    • Al Talena

      SO your only concerned about yourself. The fact that people are influenced by continually being bombarded with anti-Israel doesn’t bother you.
      hmmmm

    • Sharin Tephila

      It really should bother you because this is how the propaganda program against the Jews works and did work very effectively in Nazi Germany. See Jud Süss.

    • tobi Ruth Love

      Raven, you may know the truth but others are learning what the show projects as the truth. This is how anti-Semitism is introduced and spread. It must be stopped.

    • john

      thank you, I also love the show. I don’t agree with the other part though..

    • Yaron Zohar

      PALESTINIAN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY:

      A list of innocent ISRAELI men, ISRAELI women & ISRAELI children victims of Palestinian terror since the Oslo Peace Accords (’93-’10):

      -Killed-1615 ISRAELIS

      -Injured-11, 239 ISRAELIS

      -7000 ISRAELIS handicapped for life

      -8000 ISRAELIS lost an ISRAELI parent or an ISRAELI child or both

    • Yaron Zohar

      -West Bank television broadcasts “kill Jews” Mickey Mouse like cartoons

      -Palestinian toddlers dressed with fake suicide vests

      -“Martyrs” are heralded as proverbial Elvis Presleys

      -Radical clerics advocate 73 well endowed, sexually adventurous, naughty, cunning & ready for “hot” action heavenly clad vivacious virgins per martyr

      -Ever tried to negotiate with indoctrinated, fanatically religious, death celebrating, Jew hating & brain washed loons?

      -Try it, its fun…

    • Yaron Zohar

      FROM HAMAS CHARTER:
      “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them);

      HAMAS
      until Jews hide behind rocks & trees, which will cry: O Muslim! a Jew hides behind me, kill him! 

  • Dont cancel Quantico.Just because they show and talk about real, on going issues; they should not be shut down! Remember this is one side of the coin.

    • Al Talena

      And which major series provides our side????

    • Simon R

      Allow me to disagree. This issue has no two sides of the coins, it’s not a matter of opinion or point of view.

      Israel left the Israeli built houses and greenhouses intact and in working conditions- fact

      Hamas (the terror group controlling the Gaza strip) has destroyed all of them as a “symbol of victory” over Israel- fact

      Both those are examples, shown in the article, that the show blatantly lied about. There are many more cases like these in the show without the political point of view which is also EXCLUSIVELY one sided but I’m not mentioning them as wrong because as you said, those ARE a matter of opinion.

      Full disclosure: I’m a Jewish Israeli and have served in the IDF during the one sided withdrawal from the Gaza strip. I also like the show (except the misinformation and lies).

    • Yaron Zohar

      FROM HAMAS CHARTER:
      “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them);

      HAMAS
      until Jews hide behind rocks & trees, which will cry: O Muslim! a Jew hides behind me, kill him! 

  • If these are examples of what is shown in the series Quantico, it leads me to believe that the series was set up with an eye to spreading lies about Israel and it is likely that some Gazan Arab is writing these defamatory fantasies, which are meant to become part of the popular culture. They are disgusting and encouraging of hate crimes, and will spread anti-semitism not only against Israel but also against Jews in the US and wherever the vile and immature-sounding program is viewed. It is obviously part of the “hate Israel; demonize the Jews” culture war that is now going on in full swing, and should be enjoined from spreading this poison!

  • Lia

    Where can one sign this petition?

  • Fred

    The BBC has become the Arab squatters mouthpiece The BBC has become the spreader of Hitler’s Der Sturmer for of anti Semitism even more virulent. The BBC is on petro-oil bankroll. It has joined the mob mentality of many media. Truth & honesty buried deeply not to be found.

  • renata lahner

    anything antisemetic should be taken off the air

  • annie kover

    Please advise where one can sign the above petition.

  • ZG

    SUE THEM.Hit them where it hurts,their racist,bigoted packet.

  • dante

    why doesn’t the Algemeiner publish the names of the producers and the writers, etc.?

    let’s shine a light on these contemptible allies of hamas.

  • Y

    Wait, wait…don’t tell me…who bankrolled the startup and renewal of this TV series?

    Is it the same people funding the campus chapters of the BDS movement, perchance?

    Is it the same people endowing the chairmanships of US university “Middle Eastern Studies” departments, where those chairs are filled by “anti-Israel” [euphemism] militants (or their sympathizers), who design curricula that include Jew-hating lies similar to those spoken in this new TV series?

    Can you spell: p-r-o-p-a-g-a-n-d-a?

    While I am not a TV watcher, I, for one, look forward to finding out which corporations are buying air time to broadcast their commercials during this TV show! They are sponsoring more than just hate “speech,” due to the added drama aspect.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    It’s sad that educated people can be so biggeted to spend their time and money to produce such a lot of lies and to create hate. How does allowing this make us a better society?

  • Judith Tellerman

    I have been watching the show and I’ve been shocked to see these false statements – the complete reversal of what actually happened to the greenhouses in Gaza! And the part where Simon cries about how his rogue commander made him do something terrible – what is the point of all this? The plot is so insane that I can’t figure out what they are trying to do with this Simon character. So far the image portrayed to the general public is “sniveling, untrustworthy, duplicitous, disloyal, war criminals, violent, unable to see the “greater good,” people who “follow orders” that are wrong; terrorism-plotters.” I agree with ZOA.

  • Unfortunately, ABC won’t cancel “Quantico” because it has high ratings. It would be helpful, if a link was provided to the ZOA’s petition to cancel “Quantico.” Sadly, ABC executives don’t care that Anti-Israel dialog incites Jew-hatred.

  • Leonard D’Amico

    Outrageous. I didn’t know that ABC was so antisemitic. Who is behind this program? Can you expose the writers of the series and the producers? I wonder who they are and where the funds are coming from.

    I never even heard of this program. One thing to be careful of is not promoting the program by giving it attention and let it die a natural death.

    I think it’s time for Jews worldwide to realize that the media in the US is clearly taking money from those who want to destroy, not just Israel, but all Jews. Obama has really empowered these forces because not only is he anti-jewish, he is anti-American.

  • I did not watch the show but would
    Sign the position as I am a proud Jew
    And detest anti Jewish sentiment and
    Anti Semitisim.
    Estee

  • Paul Grad

    Sue the hell out of them, and never ever ever watch ABC again. Out the names of ABC executives and blacklist the actors forever.

  • brenrod

    In my fantasies there is a covert group who blow up the quantico set of ABS. Somehow I believe that the money funding it comes from jew killers and that those taking the money and putting on the show are collaborators in the crime.

  • Jackie Spitz

    Please remove this misleading and false information and depiction of Jews/Israel. It is shameful and you are adding to the climate of anti semitism currently in vogue.

  • Debi Delamater

    I totally agree with you stand and am supportive 150%. I quit watching the show as soon as it turned ugly against the Jewish people! I hope many more do also!!

  • Arlene Seidel Abrams

    The last thing we American Jewish citizens need is ANY hint of antisemitism on our TV screens.

    SHAME on you……………ABC…………..You aren’t aware of the truth………….

    Please avoid ‘dumping’ on Israel and defending the Muslim ‘position’.

  • Sharbano

    I don’t watch TV so I don’t get this. What does the IDF, Israel, and Jews have to do with Quantico. I thought it was a Marine base.

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