Film screening Thursday, teach-in Tuesday

The Palestine Solidarity Committee announces two events:

PEACE, PROPAGANDA, AND THE PROMISED LAND:
Film Screening
Thursday, February 12, 2009
7:30pm in GAR 0.102 (http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/gar.html)

With the recent violence in the Gaza Strip, the 2003 documentary film “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” is more relevant than ever. The film “provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire, called PPPL a must-see documentary, “the best, least-biased presentation we have of all the issues involved.”

The film will be introduced by Robert Jensen, a UT journalism professor who also is interviewed in the film. Discussion after the film will be led by Tariq Ahmed Elseewi and Karin Wilkins. Elseewi, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Radio-TV-Film, is currently working on a dissertation exploring the relationship between globalization, communal identities, and electronic media in the Arab Middle East. Karin Wilkins, an RTF professor affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is the author of the new book Home/Land/Security: What We Learn about Arab Communities from Action-Adventure Films (Lexington Books, 2009).

TEACH-IN SERIES: WHAT’S GOING ON IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL?
Short lectures followed by group discussion
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
7:00pm in GAR 0.102 (http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/gar.html)

MAKING SENSE OF ISRAEL’S CHANGING BLUEPRINT FOR THE OCCUPATION
Dr. Bernice Hecker, activist with the Austin Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, draws on her experiences living in Israel.

THE CURRENT STATE OF THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION MOVEMENTS
Ziyad Doany grew up in Lebanon through the Israeli invasions of ’78 and ’82 and the incursion of ’06. He was in Beirut during the recent Gaza attacks and is active in support of Palestinian Rights.

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