Below are links to a three-part discussion on The Real News Network concerning the newly released movie The Occupation of the American Mind made by Sut Jhally and Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame). This film deals with the massive propaganda effort employed by the Israeli government to convince the world, and particularly Americans, that Israel is the victim in dealings with Palestinians. In this country at least, their efforts have been enormously successful largely because of the full blown complicity of virtually all major media outlets as well as official governments pronouncements and policies. The results of this are disheartening and disturbing, but there is some hope as many young university students (including a large number of Jewish students) have awakened to what the Israeli policies and practices relative to the Palestinians really are. Increasingly large numbers of older Jewish Americans are also becoming concerned that these policies are not only wrong, but actually endanger the survival of Israel as a state within the community of nations. These are excellent discussions and I encourage each of you receiving this to watch all of them. They each run around 20 minutes or so.
The last link, I just received from a friend, concerns a video interview with Max Blumenthal conducted by Abby Martin on The Empire Files in 2015 and since published on YouTube. The interview was titled A Jewish American of Israeli Fascism and has now been blocked in 28 different nations. It has not as yet been blocked in the U.S. and a link to the interview is in the article. Do take the time to watch it before it disappears here also. Blumenthal, the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, is a highly respected author and well-known Israeli critic. He believes that the YouTube ban was instigated by the Anti-Defamation League since it showed light on policies and practices that Israel would like to keep in the shadows.
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