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Film: The Occupation of the American Mind

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States

Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.

The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies. (Running time: 85 mins)

FEATURING (partial list):

  • ROGER WATERS, the narrator of The Occupation of the American Mind.
  • AMIRA HASS is the correspondent for the Occupied Territories for Haaretz.
  • STEPHEN M. WALT is Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
  • NOAM CHOMSKY is a leading U.S. political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.
  • HENRY SIEGMAN is a research professor in the Middle East Program at SOAS at the University of London.
  • RASHID KHALIDI is currently Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.
  • RAMI KHOURI is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.
  • NORMAN FINKELSTEIN is an American political scientist, activist, and author of numerous books on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
  • MAX BLUMENTHAL is an award-winning journalist for The Nation magazine and New York Times bestselling author of several books.
  • PHYLLIS BENNIS is a writer, activist, and policy analyst on Middle East and UN issues.
  • MARK CRISPIN MILLER is professor of media studies at New York University and one of America’s foremost authorities on advertising, public relations, and political propaganda.

Praise for The Occupation of the American Mind

“I wish every American would watch this powerful documentary. Not only every person of conscience, but every taxpayer, must see it — and then ask themselves if the status quo is acceptable and can continue deep into the 21st century.” Gideon Levy, columnist for Haaretz

“Harrowing and incendiary! A vital and unmissable film.” Dave Zirin, The Nation magazine

“One of the most compelling and important documentaries in recent years, because it helps us make sense of the lies, mayhem, and injustice in the heart of the Middle East: Palestine. … watch this film.” John Pilger, journalist and filmmaker

“A remarkable achievement. Anyone who wishes to understand the deeper reasons for America’s utter failure to bring peace to the region should begin by watching this powerful film.” Avi Shlaim, Professor Emeritus, Oxford

“A superb documentary that makes a devastatingly persuasive case that the U.S. public is being systematically subjected to disinformation from its media on the Israel-Palestine conflict.” Jonathan Cook, journalist, author

“A powerful film that exposes an infuriating reality. You cannot watch this film without grieving for the Palestinians, for the propaganda we’ve been subjected to … ” Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink

“Not only land, but also minds can be colonized. The brilliance of this documentary is that it manages to tell the story of both forms of colonization simultaneously.” Neve Gordon, Professor of Politics, Ben-Gurion University

“As courageous as it is informative, brilliantly produced and faithful to its search for the truth, it makes clear how the current right-wing government in Israel has weaponized knowledge …” Henry Giroux, McMaster University


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.