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Mel Gibson's film on Christ condemned as anti-Semitic

Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion, which will include a brutal depiction of the Crucifixion and Christ's final 12 hours, has been condemned by influential Catholic and Jewish groups in America for its alleged anti-Semitism and extreme violence.

Religious scholars who have read the script believe that it leans too heavily on an 18th-century book of Catholic mysticism that paints Jews in a particularly harsh light.

The book, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by St Anne Catherine Emmerich, suggests that Jews organised "blood money" for the Crucifixion – paying people to clamour for Jesus's death to sway Pontius Pilate – and that His cross was constructed on the orders of the Jewish high priest.

Telegraph (UK)

30 Jun 2003