Film showing and discussion
Monday, February 26
Adams Street Branch, Boston Public Library
(690 Adams St, Dorchester)
Free, with drinks and light refreshments
· Why does the US support a racial Apartheid system in Israel where its Arab minority has only second-class citizenship and millions of Palestinians have no rights at all?
· Why do we give Israel more than $4 billion in aid every year to maintain its violent military rule over occupied Palestine and build hundreds of illegal settlements there – while we have huge unmet needs at home?
· Why do we send US police and security personnel for training in segregated Israel, paid for by tax-exempt Israel Lobby organizations?
This film explains the pervasive propaganda system underlying these choices.
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)