May 15, 2012, - 2:48 pm

Famous Hollywood Director Wakes Up From His Pan-Muslim Slumber; “Join the IDF, M-F’er!”

By Debbie Schlussel

It is always gratifying when left-wing Jews in Hollywood awaken from their pan-Islamic slumber.  And I think that may have occurred with actor/director Peter Berg (who, actually, isn’t Jewish, as only his father is a Jew, but he’s frequently identified himself as Jewish to the world). He told off an Israeli television reporter and draft dodger and advocated attacking Iran, in an interview he did promoting his new movie, “Battleship,” which debuts in theaters later this week.  See the video below.  But I’m not sure that Berg has connected the dots between Israel’s survival and the growing Islamic threat all over the world, including his friends in Saudi Arabia. As longtime readers may remember, I’ve documented some of the stupid, pro-Muslim things Berg has said and done. 

Peter Berg on Iran, Israel & the IDF (Not Safe for Work – 2 F-Words) . . .

Berg’s past Islamo-pandering is substantial. He directed the propagandistic “The Kingdom” (read my review), which morally equated American FBI counterterrorism agents with Islamic terrorists who kill Americans.  As I exclusively reported, he used a paid Saudi government advisor to “massage” the movie’s content, attacked American patriotism, and told the press that he wanted to send a message sympathetic to Muslims.  At the time, he said he was upset when American audiences applauded his movie and thought it was patriotic.  He assured them it was not:

When a test screening in Sacramento erupted in cheers during a battle scene (he was hoping for a more somber reaction), he told Universal Studios executives he wanted a screening for a largely Muslim audience.

“I didn’t want this to be an ‘America kicks (butt)’ movie,” he says. I wanted action but not jingoistic action.” . . . [DS: As I’ve written many times, “jingoistic” is the word the left–especially in Hollywood–uses to deride American patriotism.]

[After a London audience gave the scene an ovation], Berg decided audiences were cheering a win over terrorism, not [DS: American] nationalism, and kept the scene.

And don’t forget his acting gig in the very anti-American, pro-Muslim “Lions for Lambs” (read my review).

So, has Peter Berg finally woken up from his pro-Muslim, anti-American BS? Or is it that he just can’t connect the dots between Israel and the Islamic threat that it and all of us here in America face?

I will generally take support for Israel where I can get it, especially from someone as influential and prominent in Tinseltown as he is (though I’ve always found him to be kind of a ditz). (And, for the record, I’ve always believed that I don’t need any actors or celebrities to confirm what I already know is right, just, and true.) However, the Islamic threat to our own country and the rest of the world looms even larger, and he hasn’t seemed to have gotten it, given his body of work.

What’s your take?

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who, actually, isn’t Jewish, as only his father is a Jew, but he’s frequently identified himself as Jewish to the world

Halachically speaking that’s true. So what? He’s not allowed to say he’s a Jew? The more people that identify as Jews the better for the Jews. Besides, why do you feel the need to be the ultimate arbiter of who is and isn’t a Jew?

Guess what, Avraham, Yitzhak, Yackov, and Yosef were not Halachically Jews either since they certainly did not follow kashrut (ignorance of the law is no excuse).

FrenchKiss on May 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    In Karaite Judaism, Berg and myself are Jews because descent is patrilineal as defined by them like in Islam.

    Biblical Judaism is patrilineal – descent through the mother is a rabbinic innovation.

    That said, I don’t know whether he changed his views and that’s reflected in his new movie, “Battleship.” I guess we’ll have to wait for Debbie’s review later this week.

    But I guess that some leftist Jews are finally waking up – just not enough of them to make a difference. It may be a case of too little, too late.

    NormanF on May 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Were those comments even relevant here? Also, Debbie is perfectly correct in making clear the proper definition of who is a Jew for those who are not knowledgeable about Judaism. It is not a matter of making her a judge, but of her accurately stating what is a fact under Judaism.

    Your rant actually was a diversion from what was really the point of Debbie’s post.

    Worry01 on May 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

Israel is merely his flavor of the week; he still doesn’t get it.

Jonathan E. Grant on May 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I’m kind of surprised, given that overseas audiences are largely anti-Semitic and anti-American. Also, is he not jeopardizing all that Saudi funding?

It pays to slash Israel, Jews, and Americans in Hollywood, which is why it’s rather courageous for him to have taken this path.

adam on May 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

LMAO. Very good. Is it me, or was Mr. Berg slurring his speech a little? Especially when he dropped those bombs. A little of his real side slipped out there. Funny stuff. Rhianna is a dolt. Come on. Comedy relief for sure though.

samurai on May 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

My take is that Berg still has a lot to learn. He should get his happy-ass to THIS blog and start cracking on the archives. He’s got the podium but not the knowledge to spew what he does (did) and has a few Islamo-pandering films to make up for.

Wake up (more) Berg!

Because of know-nothings like him, we have stupid Dhimmi know-nothings coming to this blog and chastising us (and especially DS) for being (“waaaaaaah”) “mean’ and “bigoted”. They aid and abet when they do that not understanding they are doing the opposite of their stated intent (gotta love Liberalism!).

C’mon Berg, wake up more. Israel and the world needs all the smart peeps it (we) can get to win this fight!

Should we tweet him a link to this site?

Skunky on May 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Agreed Skunky, I just hope that Peter Berg FINALLY wakes up and acknowledges the threat of islam not just to our shores and borders, but the world, including the arabic world in the middle east (we all know that there are a large number of arabic people who are non-muslims/infidels, the samething can be said for Persian/Iranian people).

As for the dumbass dhimmi’s who troll on this blog once in a while, I won’t be surprised if those clowns are either from “LoonWatch”, “IslamophobiaWatch”, etc.? I’ve NEVER been to those crappy websites, but my guess is that their probably getting their fundings from either CAIR or arab-muslim countries in the middle east so they can do their bidding, shilling & apologizing for islam?

In other news, I’m not a fan and/or supporter of Lady Gaga, but check this out folks, her concert in Indonesia was sold out for June 3, BUT the koran-thumping islamist government in Indonesia canceled the poor girls concert, because they don’t like the way she dances, dresses during her concerts, etc.!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

If he’s been in bed w/ the Saudis, then his criticism of Iran is not out of character, since a lot of people who criticize Iran on party lines are the same who give KSA a pass. Like Michael Medfraud.

I mean, is there any shortage of ‘conservatives’ who are only too happy to wine and dine w/ the various Gulf Sheikhs who lobby them generously? Such sellouts would happily attack Iran, since Iran and Saudi Arabia are the rival powere vying for control in the region, be it on grounds of Farsi vs Arab, Shia vs Sunni or whatever else. In fact, it’s even been speculated that the Saudis have a bigger problem w/ Iran than even the Israelis do (although I’d like to see actual evidence of that). So those who take money from the Saudis get to have their cake and eat it to: they get to ‘prove’ their anti-Jihad credentials by criticizing Iran, while ignoring their Saudi ties, and they get paid top dollar by those sheikhs as well, even while parading themselves as anti-Jihad.

Unless and until Peter Berg explicitly states that Islam – not Shia Islam, not Wahabi Islam, not Sunni Islam, just Islam – is the problem, I won’t trust him. And neither should anybody!

Infidel on May 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

As the lady said to Winston Churchill: “You, Sir, are drunk!” Berg is slurring his speech and making threats of violence, par for the course when males (and possibly females?) consume a bit too much of the ol’ white lightning.

Bodee House on May 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Who knows? Take it and run. Sometimes it takes people a little longer to wake up.

Occam's Tool on May 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Peter Berg, by the way, directed the movie version of “Friday Night Lights” (2004), which proved so successful with fans and critics alike that it led to the hit (not as good) TV series. Hey, lighten up on the man.

Seek on May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Berg made those other movies Debbie mentioned? Wow, I did not even consider going to or buying the DVD’s. Based on Debbie’s reviews I avoided those flops. And they were flops. Thanks Debbie

jake49 on May 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Avraham, Yitzhak, Yackov, and Yosef weren’t Jews because they only had a Reform conversion. Haha. J/k

dee on May 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Here’s my take:

I will generally take support for Israel where I can get it.

There is NO Santa Claus on May 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

It bothered me that he went after the reporter for not serving in the IDF. WAS this Berg fellow ever in service to his OWN country???

I do not know if the IDF have exemptions for certain REAL illness’ like we do in the USA. I suppose you have to though.

If they do then perhaps the young man has a medical condition that keeps him from service.

I knew a young lady from Israel who had a congenital heart condition which kept her out. She was at college with my daughter for one year before she passed away from her condition. She rode an electric scooter to get around.

Alabama Pride on May 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Not a Jew? In Nazi Germany he certainly would be. That’s good enough for me.

Allen on May 16, 2012 at 1:43 am

    In Nazi Germany, Berg would be a mischling, depending on how many Jewish ancestors he had.

    He would have been a Jew only if his mother was a Jew or if he converted to Judaism.

    Mixed race offspring were always a problem for Nazi ideology since life didn’t fall – and doesn’t, into strict black and white categories.

    NormanF on May 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

Should Mr. Berg’s newly found sympathy for Israel be taken seriously as a change of heart, or did it reflect his simple annoyance with an interviewer?

When people change their deeply held personal beliefs, it is generally a gradual process. The first sign of someone altering their views may be an entirely unexpected response to someone’s question or remark. Such a process can take months or years to unfold. Overnight conversions to a new ideology generally reflects either the lack of any strongly hald beliefs, or that someone is being deceptive for personal reasons. To use a familiar example, Ronald Reagan went from being a borderline Marxist to a Conxervative Republican after the Second World War. However, this evolutionary process took years to unfold. During the immediate post-war years, Ronald Reagan was still a Democrat, and would even do a radio ad for Hubert Humphrey when he was running for Mayor of Minneapolis during that period.

The rule of thumb is that a sincere change of heart on deeply held views generally takes time. It is akin to an atheist becoming a believer, or the reverse happening. An outward and visible sign of someone undergoing a transformation is often an unexpected outburst during an unguarded moment.

Worry01 on May 16, 2012 at 7:21 am

“He told off an Israeli television reporter and draft dodger and advocated attacking Iran….”


If you have a legitimate medical condition, you apply for an exemption. A draft dodger is someone who blows off their service requirement, and gives either an unacceptable reason for not serving or does not bother to do even that. Military service is an obligation for a citizen of Israel, and a very necessary one. When someone simply fails to show up, that puts the burden on those who do do their duty in terms of time commitment and the frequency of one’s being called up. Due to Israel being under costant threat, this is not some theoretical obligation to perform national service in some manner, as is the case in Germany.

Worry01 on May 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

The person who put this together obviously liked women,but the bigger point is that compulsory military service is a general obligation Israel, and not just the domain for the odd:

These are normal young women doing their duty,

Worry01 on May 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

I think Peter Berg’s statement about Iran seem appealing to the Sunni Saudis because of their fear of the rising Shi’ite Iran threat.

Bob on May 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

Well – if you were to shill a potentially sucky movie (I thought “Battleship” was going to be like “Midway” or “Tora Tora Tora”), you’d surely have to be awake enough to stand on the podium.

Peter Berg is selling a movie to Israelis. If here were selling it to Iranians, Libyans, Saudis or North Koreans, he’d spout the same BS.

It’s just good business sense, and I still think that the movie will suck out.

The Reverend Jacques on May 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

I saw “Battleship” yesterday and loved it. It’s a patriotic, fun, exciting, rousing war movie, us against them. The U.S. military is shown in a wholly positive light (especially the navy). Liberals will not like it because they will think the film promotes war (and I see from Rotten Tomatoes critics generally panned the film). Whatever Berg might have done in the past, there’s nothing to complain about with this film. After the sour taste that “The Dictator” left me with, going and seeing this film was a welcome relief.

Burke on May 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

His comments are NOT pro-Israel.
They were Mel Gibson-type libels, as in
“The Jews are the cause of all the wars in the world”.
Also, his calling the Israeli guy a draft dodger was
meant as in, “Jews are cowards, They won’t fight”.

Tom Smith on October 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Stop Islam. Otherwise it will kill us all!!! Islam = Terrorism.

Mohammed Stroksa on January 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

Interestingly, both Berg’s father and maternal grandfather were Jewish. It’s evidently only his grandmother who wasn’t.

Bee on July 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

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