Unpacking Israel's Public Media Relations in the US
John Pilger (independent journalist and filmmaker), Dina Matar (SOAS) and Sut Jhally (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Date: 19 June 2017Time: 6:00 PM
Finishes: 19 June 2017Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Film
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 United States. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the US 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 stunning 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.
The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion on media coverage of the conflict featuring independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, Dina Matar and Sut Jhally.
Organiser: Centre for Media Studies and Centre for Palestine Studies
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