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Hallmark’s making some Hanukkah movies. The only problem? They’re anti-Semitic.

In “Holiday Date,” a woman hires a Jewish actor to pose as her boyfriend and join her at her family’s house for Christmas, but, as described by Hallmark’s vice president of programming, the family grows “suspicious” about “whether he knows how to celebrate.” The trope of the sneaky, untrustworthy Jew, who is a perpetual outsider, is an enduring and pernicious stereotype. In fact, it’s the cornerstone of anti-Semitism’s conspiratorial mode of hatred. Such portrayals of Jewish people as devious and dangerous interlopers are centuries old, manifesting in Nazi propaganda and 9/11 conspiracies; President Trump recently trotted the trope out when he called Rep. Adam B. Schiff “shifty.” (The California Democrat is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which has been leading the impeachment inquiry.) Now, it’s shown up in the form of a Jewish character being cast as an outsider, attempting to blend in among the wary members of a Christian family.

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