“I long ago (starting in Hebrew school when I was 12) came to the conclusion that most if not all of Jewish “history” is mytho-history – not just the stories in Genesis et all, which were lifted from various cultures in and around the Fertile Crescent – from Uruk, Babylon, Assyria, Ninevah etc. mostly – but up to and including what just happened yesterday. I studied at Temple Emeth (Truth), an irony not entirely lost on me at the time,” Roger Tucker, an American Jewish blogger, April 30, 2013.
On April 29, 2013, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) decided to cancel the screening of Israeli-born filmaker IIan Ziv’s controversial film EXILE at the last moment. The film debunks Zionist myth of Jews being exiled by Romans after the destruction of the second Temple of Solomon in 70 AC.
The film examines the new evidence which suggests that the majority of Israelite people may not have been exiled after the fall of Jerusalem.
The myth of EXILE has played a central role among Zionist Jews and Christian evangelists. The BBC bosses found the film “too hot” and pulled it at the last moment under pressure from British Jewish groups – and a repeat of an older program was broadcast instead. Sue Heath wrote on the Radio Times website: “Why was the program pulled? It’s very hard to contact anyone real to get an answer, but I suspect pressure groups have made a fuss as it might be embarrassing politically“.
BBC in its defense has claimed that the film would raise “important ethical questions about present-day Middle East issues“.
The film has been shown in a Jewish Festival in Toronto, playing in a screening room there for a week. It was shown on Canadian TV with a second broadcast planned for June. Another version of the film is scheduled to be shown in France and Switzerland ,with hopefully screenings in the US later in the year. The response in all the public screenings, was overall extremely positive. Nowhere did the film generate such a reaction as that of the few individuals inside and outside the BBC.
IIan Ziv in defense of his film says: “EXILE does not deal with contemporary politics in the Middle East, rather, it proposes to examine their ideological and historical underpinnings. EXILE has not contributed to the political stalemate in the region nor to the continued bloodshed, occupation and violence. It is a film born out of the continued violence. Rather than propose a simplistic solution or an aspirational political program , it tries to suggest a possible way out by re examining the historical narratives we all grew up on, suggesting that in this tormented land there are historical models of co existence and tolerance that could replace the dominant conventional nationalist ones. Silencing this film is silencing a possibility of discussion, debate and re examination not of the current political stalemate but of the intellectual stalemate that contributes to it“.
Watch EXILE trailer below.
EXILE – The Jewish Myth Unearthed | Rehmat's World