The Occupation of the American Mind

Michaela Whitton
March 30, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) A fierce new documentary revealing how distorted corporate media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amounts to little more than an ongoing, systematic deception of the American public is now available online.

For those who rely on U.S. television and the press for information, the reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation shown in the film is deeply shocking. It explores how the Israeli and U.S. governments and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces — often with very different motives — to frame American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.

Gideon Levy, a Haaretz columnist, wrote:

“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.”  

Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestinian territory continues to trigger a fierce backlash against Israeli policies all over the world — except in the United States. The film focuses on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. to create what journalist and filmmaker John Pilger has described as “one of the most compelling and important documentaries in recent years.”

The website of The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States went live on Tuesday. The film is now available via streaming and DVD at www.occupationmovie.com and premieres in Massachusetts next month.

Described as “compelling, revealing, and chilling,” it uncovers how not only land, but minds can be dominated; it simultaneously tells the story of both forms of colonization. The first part reveals how Israel has colonized Palestinian land while the second shows how the U.S. media colonizes the minds of viewers by transforming Israelis into victims and Palestinians into oppressors.

“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,” said Avi Shlaim, a Professor Emeritus at Oxford University.

Narrated by legendary British singer-songwriter Roger Waters, the documentary features scholars, journalists, and leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture. With a catalogue of revered contributors too long to list, those featured include Noam Chomsky, Amira Hass, Rashid Khalidi, MJ Rosenberg, Rula Jebreal, Norman Finkelstein, and a host of respected scientists, activists, and analysts.

Those wishing to watch or share this important documentary and gain a deeper understanding of how powerful interests manipulate news and politics can stream and purchase the DVD at www.occupationmovie.com.


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