Never Again Is Now is a timely documentary given the rise in anti-Semitism on both sides of the political spectrum all over the globe.
Every time that I get a breaking news alert from a Jewish organization, I fear the worst. Unfortunately, these emails hit my inbox more often than preferred of late. Most recently, it came during a shooting in front of a German synagogue.
Never Again is Now comes from Dutch lesbian Evelyn Markus, the co-founder of Network on Antisemitism. Evelyn fled to the United States with partner Rosa Zeegers over ten years ago. This is due to European anti-Semitism that has grown worse throughout the past several years. The film is grounded through their stories especially when it comes to the Holocaust.
Not only does Evelyn share her story as the daughter of Holocaust survivors but she speaks with other commentators. Yes, this also includes conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. He opens up about the many anti-Semitic tweets that he’s received. No matter how one feels about Shapiro (believe me, I have strong feelings when it comes to his transphobic views), there is a rising tide of anti-Semitism across the globe. There are other commentators that have drawn their own share of controversy in the past. To each their own, I suppose.
One of the things that the film focuses on is how members of the far-left and joined members of the far-right in their anti-Semitism. This is something that I’ve spoken out about for a while. Maybe people when understand what I mean when they actually see this sort of thing play out on film. It’s saddening and yet most of the time, these sort of things take place on college campuses. Usually, it’s under the disguise of protesting Israel. But if one were to simply protest Israel, why would they turn to vandalizing Jewish-owned property in America? This is why many of us believe that anti-Zionism is also anti-Semitism. I can honestly go on and on here!
The discussion about college campuses can be a documentary in its own right. Sadly, it’s not ending anytime soon. The anti-Semitism on college campuses is only growing worse by the day.
While Yom HaShoah would have served a fitting release date, we’re approaching the one year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh. There have been a countless number of incidents during the past year. As Jews, we expect to be safe in synagogues. We shouldn’t be forced to live a life of fear because of anti-Semites.
Never Again Is Now should serve as a conversation starter but more importantly, this film should be seen by our non-Jewish friends, too.
DIRECTOR: Ryan Cost, Nick Jones, Evelyn Markus
FEATURING: Evelyn Markus, Rosa Zeegers, Frank Towers, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Rabbi Raphael Evers, Bloeme Evers, David Beesemer, Geert Wilders, Leon de Winter, Qanta Ahmed, Ben Shapiro