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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004)

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This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle ... See full summary »


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Seth Ackerman ...
Stav Adivi ...
Himself (as Major Stav Adivi)
Arik Ascherman ...
Himself (as Rabbi Arik Ascherman)
Hanan Ashrawi ...
Robert Fisk ...
Neve Gordon ...
Himself (as Dr. Neve Gordon)
Toufic Haddad ...
Sam Husseini ...
Hussein Ibish ...
Robert Jensen ...
Michael Lerner ...
Himself (as Rabbi Michael Lerner)
Karen Pfeifer ...
Alisa Solomon ...
Gila Svirsky ...


This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a brief historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion. Written by exerpted from Media Education Foundation

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[first lines]
title card: In 1967, following a war between Israel and the countries of Syria, Jordan and Egypt, Israel militarily occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
title card: That year, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242 calling on Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories.
title card: Israel has yet to comply.
title card: Today, 3 million Palestinians live under illegal military occupation.
title card: Today, the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians are plagued by daily violence and insecurity.
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A sequel to this documentary - screenplay below
8 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those Israeli soldiers at the checkpoints – total beasts, treating Palestinian women and children like Nazis treated "sub-human" Jews, Gypsies or Poles. There should be an international outcry and demand by the US (let's dream: a special Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with trustworthy Palestinian witnesses) to bring civility and courtesy right there and punish those young arrogant brutes, full of hubris and chutzpah. Shame on the IDF leadership and civilian government of Israel for allowing this to happen. This is unforgivable and this detail alone in the movie makes me start detesting "things Israel" and morally condemn them. As much as Israel has the right to exist, they have a long way to go to figure out how to solve the problem they themselves are partly to be blamed for, as the movie exposes, notwithstanding the Arab dictatorships that have pushed relentlessly against the state of Israel, which the movie does not mention at all. For that, this excellent documentary receives 8 instead of 10. What Israel does now (August 2006) in Lebanon is foolhardy at best (an elephant in the porcelain store tactics) and they will be punished in the future by the ever stronger Arab, fanatically religious Muslim or Palestinian irredentist movements.

I do not believe in 2 separate states in that small piece of land. It is downright silly from the ecological standpoint if you think about it. I vote for one new state*: call it whatever you want: The Palestine Republic of Israel (or The Israel Republic of Palestine) - with equal rights for the Palestinians. With one condition from the outset – it must be a secular state and all religions should be a private matter of their worshipers with external displays of it confined only to the interior of their respective worship houses).

War interests in the U.S. (and Israel and Syria and Iran) will never allow for permanent peace though. "War is good" for them (for different reasons, not only greed in case of the US and Israel) and unless we get rid of the criminals in the WH the worst is yet to come. The neo-cons are pushing Israel for a greater conflict, trying to suck in Syria and eventually Iran. This will all play out before November…

Arabs should be told loud and clear that in the wake of WWII many nations were moved from one location to another (e.g. Poles, Germans), had to accept the new geo-political reality and live with that whether they liked it or not. Another point is that due to aggression by the Arabs in 1967 Israel gained territory. This is called spoils of war. Too bad Arabs started that war. So once and for all they should stop whining and accept things fairly. Only then the world community will treat them fairly. It is ironic now that Palestinians, Hezbollah and other Arab knuckle heads are rejecting the Israel's right to exist, whereas Palestinians themselves yarn for their own state (read right to exist). An untenable inconsistency and hypocrisy. They have to grow up and so do the Israelis. The only solution to this problem is 1) to remove the Bush criminal squad (the biggest military and economic terrorists on the face of Earth) from the WH, so the world at large starts to trust the American people again 2) form an International Council of Sages that will hold the world mandate to resolve that conflict. Send them down there to meet with the moderates (chosen from peoples representatives) on both sides, and offer them the best equitable solution. Try to stay away from current politicos and government of Israel - make an apeal to the population instead (who is at least 50% secular, i.e. reassonable). They should get rid of the corrupt American a** kissers who are currently in the pocket of neo-cons leading that country and the world to disaster 3) Both Palestinians and Israeli should refrain from use of force and violence during those talks. 4) Again, in this process try to avoid at all cost politicians, especially of criminally lying Condi Rice type. 5) Once the consensus on both sides is achieved US democratic-by-that-time Senate should enact law of banning any weapon exports from the US. 6) Worldwide campaign to shut down armament factories and convert them to wind mill and other sustainable energy plants should follow. 7) Don't forget to put Rupport Murdoch on trial for trying so hard to dismantle the US constitution… Let's wake up, the Earth is too precious thing to loose…

* Why not creating there Middle East Union (Jordan, Israel, Lebanon) and avoid the state issue at all. The state concept is so much XIX-th century anyway.

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