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The Occupation of the American Mind

84 minutes 2016

Documentary makers Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp call on a cadre of left-leaning journalists (Rula Jebreal, Rami Khouri, Amira Hass), activists (Peter Hart, Yousef Munayyer), and academics (Rashid Khalidi, Sut Jhally, Norman Finkelstein) to expose the right-wing Israeli PR machine inside the U.S. Dating back to Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the nation's hasbara campaign is rooted in the principle of self-defense and, as several interviewees note, employs an Orwellian inversion of reality in which decades of steady aggression against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank become a David-and-Goliath battle between a plucky young democracy and the bloodthirsty terrorists bent on its destruction. The filmmakers examine the Israel Project's "Global Language Dictionary," created by pollster Frank Luntz in 2009, and track the progress of various pro-Israel talking points and buzz phrases through the flood channels of cable news. Attentive to the land-based conflicts that the hasbara reframes as ideological, Alper and Earp make a compelling case that Israeli hard-liners have a lock on U.S. public opinion.

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