Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday accused Oliver Stone of holding anti-Semitic views after the Hollywood filmmaker suggested in an interview that "Jewish domination of the media" had caused the vilification of Hitler, dpa reported.
Stone made his comments in an interview with the Sunday Times of London. When asked why he focused on the Holocaust in his latest work, a documentary series called Oliver Stone's Secret History of America, he replied "The Jewish domination of the media."
Stone added: "They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."
Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, said Stone's comments "conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence."
Stone used an old stereotype "in a particularly egregious fashion by suggesting that Hitler has gotten an unfair shake because of Jewish influence," added Foxman, who denounced what he called Stone's "anti-Semitic and conspiratorial views."
Stone later issued an apology. "In trying to make a broader point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret," Stone said in a statement.
"Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry," the statement said. "The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition to the remembrance of this atrocity - and it was an atrocity."