Meanwhile, from the Comlexity Digest of all places:
18.01. The Scorched-Earth Satire Of Sacha Baron Cohen , Edmonton Sun
Excerpts: Borat reports on the Kazakh celebration, ‘the Running of the Jew,’ in a scene from Borat, opening in Edmonton theatres Friday. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League recently expressed concerns about the character, while insisting that it “got” the joke, warned about others not getting it. In a press release, it noted that Cohen “is himself proudly Jewish. We hope everyone who chooses to see the film understands Mr. Cohen’s comedic technique, which is to use humour to unmask the absurd and irrational side of
anti-Semitism and other phobias born of ignorance and fear”.
* The Scorched-Earth Satire Of Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Slotek , 06/11/01, Edmonton Sun