This documentary was inspired by a single conversation the filmmaker had with an Arab cabdriver who was convinced that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks. How did the cab driver know this? Because he had read it in the book 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion'.
'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion' is one of the most famous underground books across the world. The century-old book purports to be the minutes of a secret meeting of Jewish leaders, in which they lay out their plans for world domination. Mainstream western society declared it out of bounds over 80 years ago. Yet as Levin documents, the book remains remarkably popular both on the fringes of American society and throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Levin tries to get to the bottom of this by interviewing neo-Nazis, Palestinians, radical black activists, “conspiracy theorists”, Christian evangelical leaders and various Jews. Although he never quite gets to the bottom of it the results are never less than fascinating. He deserves enormous credit for his bravery in talking to many of these people, as well as his willingness to explore the "don't go there" areas of Jewish conspiracy myths.
An examination of different titles, paragraphs and pieces of text in the Protocols, along with a comparison to the world's current situation and what has transpired. Goyim (or simply Goy) and Gentile means "non-Jewish" or a "non-Jew".
Marty Callaghan's (filmmaker) Synopsis: Except for the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaigns, the extensive combat operations in the Middle East during World War I have been largely overlooked in documentary programs. Given the historical significance of the Ottoman Empire's demise in 1918, and the ongoing importance of Middle Eastern oil reserves to Western economies, a close study of this conflict provides two important lessons:
1. The Treaty of Versailles, agreed to by the Western Powers in 1919, paved the way for military and political chaos in the Middle East which continues to this very day.
2. Oil reserves in the Middle East became an important strategic concern for Western Powers, helping to justify their economic, diplomatic and military interference in the region.
After the end of World War I, most of the Ottoman Empire was carved up into "spheres of influence", controlled mostly by the British and French. The remaining territories became the modern state of Turkey in 1923, after a five year struggle by Turkish nationalists against Western domination.
With little regard for cultural, historical, religious and demographic considerations, the West sponsored the creation of several new nations: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Thus, a "tinderbox" was built from Western greed, igniting a multitude of wars, revolts, coups and military occupations that have made the defeat of the Ottoman Empire little more than a hollow victory.
The Israel Lobby is an episode of the Dutch documentary program Backlight. This documentary (April 2007) was made as a result of the controversy created by the Mearsheimer and Walt essay titled The Israel Lobby.