The Occupation of the American Mind

The Occupation of the American Mind is a 2016 documentary film by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, and narrated by Roger Waters.[1] According to Al Jazeera, the film seeks to show how information warfare waged by Israel and its supporters distorted the truth about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and won over the hearts and minds of Americans for the last 50 years.[2] In other words, The Occupation of the American Mind seeks to explore the United States' steadfast support for Israel in the face of the latter's controversial actions.[1]

The Occupation of the American Mind
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Directed byLoretta Alper
Jeremy Earp
Narrated byRoger Waters
Release date
  • December 2016 (2016-12)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

The documentary film begins with clips of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014, and using experts, half of them American Jews,[3] claims to show how the Israeli government and pro-Israel lobby groups use their influence in the American media to shape the views of the American people on its control of the West Bank and Gaza.[4]

The documentary was scheduled to be shown at a community center in Takoma Park, Maryland, but was postponed for a month after the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) protested.[3] The city eventually showed a 45-minute version instead of the full 84 minutes, to provide an opportunity for discussion after the viewing.[lower-alpha 1][3] After the screening, a panel discussion was held with representatives of the Jewish Voice for Peace and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.[4] Prior to the screening of the documentary, city officials asked the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington to participate, but they declined the request since they believed the other participants of the panel were "opposed to the very existence of the State of Israel".[4]

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