Oliver Stone denounces Israeli Jewish lobby, issues apology

Posted Jul 26, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Academy-Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone recently stated in an interview that the Israel lobby has destroyed the United States' foreign policy for many years. He also said that Adolf Hitler did more damage to Russia than he did to Jews.
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In an interview with the Sunday Times, renowned film director Oliver Stone sat down with the British publication to promote his latest documentary “South of the Border." In the interview, Stone discussed the Israel lobby’s control over the U.S. foreign policy, the Jewish influence in the mainstream media and the history of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.
According to JTA, Stone began by explaining that the Jewish lobby dictates and influences Washington’s foreign policy. The director of “Platoon” and “Wall Street” added that the lobby, which he notes is the most powerful lobby in Washington, are hard workers who have also “f***ed up U.S. foreign policy for years.”
“Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German Industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people,” stated Stone, reports the Los Angeles Times. Stone also noted that the “Jewish domination of the media” was to blame for the Holocaust receiving much more attention than the millions of deaths in Russia during World War Two.
Stone’s remarks were immediately slammed by the Jewish community. According to the Jerusalem Post, Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein called Stone’s statement racist and anti-semitic, adding that his comments prove his “ignorance” and his “demonization of the Jewish people could be a sequel to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
“When a man of Stone’s stature says such things, it could lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, and it may even cause real harm to Jewish communities and individuals,” said Edelstein.
After receiving backlash for his comments, Stone issued an apology, which was released by his publicist Rubenstein Communications, reports Bloomberg News.
Stone said: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret.”