Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein may have plans to kick some anti-Semitic butt.
In a speech accepting the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner earlier this week, the producer said, “We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass,” referring to present-day anti-Semites.
“We’re gonna have to get as organized as the mafia,” he continued. “We just can’t take it anymore [from] these crazy bastards.”
As relayed by the Hollywood Reporter, Weinstein, 63, spoke about his father who was stationed with the US Army in Cairo during World War II and aided Israel’s pre-state Hagana. Weinstein said his father taught his kids about anti-Semitism.
Weinstein said he gets upset when he reads the current headlines.
“It’s like, here we go again, we’re right back where we were [before the Holocaust],” he said. “And the lessons of the past are we better stand up and kick these guys in the ass.”
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Weinstein suggested that Jews “get together” with Muslims who are honorable and peaceful, but must also protect themselves.
“There’s gotta be a way to fight back,” said Weinstein.
“While we must be understanding of our Arab brothers and our Islamic brothers,” he added, “we also have to understand that these crazy bastards [Arab and Islamic extremists] are also killing their own — they’re killing neighbors, they’re killing people from all sorts of different races. And, unlike World War II, when we didn’t act right away and we paid the price, we better start acting now.
“Trust me, I’m the last guy who wants to do anything about it, but I realize if we don’t, we will perish. We can’t allow the bad guys to win. So, as they say in “The Godfather,” ‘back to the mattresses,’ and back to the idea that we will not ever forget what happened to us.”
It was also announced at the event that an additional $50 million has been raised toward construction of the sprawling Museum of Tolerance complex in Jerusalem.
The museum, to be situated across from the city’s Independence Park, has been built in stops and starts due to political and historical issues over its location next to a Muslim cemetery.