Spanish priest says ‘powerful Jews’ cancelled his anti-Israel film event

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Spanish priest says ‘powerful Jews’ cancelled his anti-Israel film event

Pastor Javier Baeza accused of using a '“fundamentally antisemitic narrative” by Spanish Jewish group

Pastor Javier Baeza gives a Ted Talk on August 1, 2016. (Screen capture/YouTube via Times of Israel)
Pastor Javier Baeza gives a Ted Talk on August 1, 2016. (Screen capture/YouTube via Times of Israel)

A Spanish priest whose church cancelled a planned projection of an anti-Israel film blamed the cancellation on threats and how “dying Negroes are less important than the powerful Jews.”

Pastor Javier Baeza’s comments about blacks in a newspaper interview Friday were decried by the pro-Israel ACOM group as part of a “fundamentally antisemitic narrative” involving both Jews and Israel in the predominantly Catholic kingdom of Spain.

On Saturday, the controversial film, “Gaza, a look into the eyes of barbarism,” whose critics say is one-sided and inaccurate, won the “Best Documentary” category of the Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars.

Baeza referenced black people in saying that no one complained against his screening last month of a film about Africans dying en route to Europe. But “there were pressures from the Jewish community” to cancel the projection Friday of the film, he told El Pais, before proposing his conclusion about powerful Jews.

The film was scheduled to be screened Friday at the Pastoral Center of San Carlos Borrome in southeastern Madrid but Carlos Osoro, the archbishop of Madrid, said the church is “obligated” to suspend the projection indefinitely out of security concerns “because of the threats we’ve received in the last few days.”

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain said in a statement the film was being promoted by organisations promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, which he said “seeks to delegitimise Israel and Israelis.” But the group is not aware of any threats.

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