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The Occupation of the American Mind

“Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and 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 and U.S. media culture, 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. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies.”

Narrated by Roger Waters / Featuring Amira Hass, M.J. Rosenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Noam Chomsky, Rula Jebreal, Henry Siegman, Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Yousef Munayyer, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, Norman Solomon, Mark Crispin Miller, Peter Hart, and Sut Jhally.

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I’m tired

I feel guilty even admitting it because I know my weariness is so minuscule compared to how Palestinians in Gaza feel after three weeks of massacre on top of massacre on top of massacre.

But I am tired.

Thoughtful, well-meaning friends and family have been asking good questions. Why did Hamas start this violence? Why does Hamas want to destroy Israel? Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself against terrorism? Whose ultimately responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza?

I appreciate the questions and the thoughtful responses, but my frustration level is growing.

I don’t spend time with the nuts or the Israeli-apologists. I don’t need the heartburn. And I don’t take it personally when someone “blocks” or “unfriends” me on social media.

But my friends and family are asking with an open heart.

The mainstream media’s pro-Israel slant is partially responsible, as well as the unthinking, knee-jerk support from Congress and the White House. When a lie is repeated often enough, the truth is buried.

The truth about Israel and Palestine is buried very deep in the United States. Thank goodness the majority of nations don’t succumb to these lies.

I was thunderstruck when I heard Rabbi Henry Siegman on Democracy Now this week. Siegman is the former head of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America. He was born in Germany shortly before Hitler rose to power and his family fled, eventually ending up in the U.S.

His father was a leader of the Zionist Movement responsible for the creation of the State of Israel (1948). Siegman was ordained an Orthodox rabbi by Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and now serves as president of the U.S./Middle East Project.

Palestinian boys on the beach in Gaza killed by IDF July 2014.

Palestinian boys on the beach in Gaza killed by IDF July 2014.

On July 22, Siegman wrote an opinion piece in Politico in which he explained how Israel provoked this battle in Gaza. I agree with his analysis.

Any thoughtful person — Jew or Gentile — should listen to Rabbi Siegman’s interview on Democracy Now.

Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009)

Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009)

I’m tired of explaining history and sharing facts. The answers to all of your questions are right here ….. in two segments. If you disagree with Rabbi Siegman’s analysis, then you disagree with me and there’s nothing more I can share to change your opinion.

Please listen and watch — segment one and segment two. Two hours total.

All you need is an open mind, an open heart and the ability to see beyond tribal allegiances and lies.

Operation Cast lead (2008-2009)

Operation Cast lead (2008-2009)

 

 

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