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The Occupation of the American Mind (2016)

| Documentary | Video 2016
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 ... See full summary »
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Phyllis Bennis Phyllis Bennis ... Self
Max Blumenthal Max Blumenthal ... Self
Noam Chomsky ... Self
Norman Finkelstein Norman Finkelstein ... Self
Peter Hart Peter Hart ... Self
Amira Hass Amira Hass ... Self
Rula Jebreal ... Self
Sut Jhally Sut Jhally ... Self
Rashid Khalidi Rashid Khalidi ... Self
Rami Khouri Rami Khouri ... Self
Mark Crispin Miller Mark Crispin Miller ... Self
Yousef Munayyer Yousef Munayyer ... Self
Benjamin Netanyahu ... Self (archive footage)
M.J. Rosenberg M.J. Rosenberg ... Self
Henry Siegman Henry Siegman ... Self
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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 ...

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In an interview Sut Jhally stated that now one out of ten Israelis lives on occupied Palestinian territory in what is often called 'settlements,' or 'Jewish neighborhoods' by some and 'racial colonies' by others. See more »

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[last lines]
Himelf: It all comes down to American public perception.
Noam Chomsky: That's one way to change anything: Changing perception and understanding here leading to a change of policy here. As long as the Unites States supports Israel nothing is going to happen. The US government will support it as long as the US population tolerates it.
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An informative view into some of the most important issues of our times
8 January 2017 | by rousu-851-850268See all my reviews

The violence of war and terrorism, if seen, turn most people against war and terrorism in a visceral way. The injustice of depriving an ethnic group of human rights and democratic rights and economic rights, if seen, turn most people against such actions. The operating qualifier is "if seen." This movie provides a seldom seen insight into conscious efforts to control messaging so that war, terror, and deprivation of human rights are framed so the US public "does not see" them. Modern cameras, cell phones, and internet have made inroads on breaking through the conscious framing. A younger generation is developing changing views.

The occupation here is not about the occupation of a country, it is more about the occupation of a mind set. It poses important questions of journalism, money in politics, lobbying power, and facts of history.

As an explanation of propaganda, there is the twist that this is propaganda about propaganda.

My takeaway is that one side controlling information about conflict and human rights reduces healthy information and debate. Mainstream US media has fallen short in the duty of the press to fully inform the citizens of our democracy. When this involves many lives, and the potential for more world war, seeing all sides of the issues is important to all peoples. The movie is informative and thought provoking, whether you agree with all of it or not.


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