Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation presents a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. World-renowned scholars and experts trace the evocative evolution of the relationship between the Jewish people and their homeland that is more than 3,000 years old.
Over several decades, we have seen in a growing number of international forums seeking to isolate and remove the state of Israel from the wider family of nations. This is done through deliberate and systematic efforts to erode the moral standing of Israel by ceaseless and relentless stigmatization.
The origins of this campaign to delegitimize Israel can be traced to the Soviet Union. Following the Arab defeat in June 1967, the Soviet Union’s animosity towards Israel intensified. A propaganda campaign against Israel was launched in Soviet mass media with an avalanche of articles, lectures, broadcasts, and film vilifying Judaism, Zionism and Israel. As explained by Professor Robert Wistrich in his landmark study From Ambivalence to Betrayal, “In place of the relentless Nazi myths about ‘Jewish Bolshevism,’ the Soviet communists began to fabricate the equally mendacious thesis of ‘Jewish Nazism’.”
Islamist ideologues understand the durability and power of grossly impudent lies, and have incorporated the erasure of Jewish history and fabrication of pseudo-history into their arsenal. Their intent is nothing less than genocidal.
As Bret Stephens warns the viewer, “the efforts to act as if Israel is a uniquely incorrigible and illegitimate state that has no right to exist is at least as dangerous as Iran’s bid to acquire a nuclear weapon; because it establishes the conditions in which a bid like the Iranian bid can be seen as somehow acceptable.”
That is why Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation had to be made: to set the record straight. The historical connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel is undeniable. The propaganda, myths and misinformation that have been accepted by so many must be debunked.