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Gaslight Unto the Nations
Premiere: Spring 2021
[delayed due to the corona crisis]
In the past, there was broad consensus that the term anti-semitism meant prejudice against people just because they're Jewish. But today, the term is coming to take on new meanings, including critique of the State of Israel, its actions and its ethnocratic character. In an Orwellian inversion, anti-racist criticism of Israel's discrimination against non-Jews have been redefined as a racist hatred of Jews, in an attempt to strip Palestinians (and their allies) of even the right to protest their own daily dispossession. With the Zionist narrative seemingly cementing itself as the only expressible one, what is needed now is a long, hard look at the leading lobbyists responsible, and how they are gaslighting the mainstream media into complicity. The latest lecture from investigative journalist and human rights defender David Sheen.
Premiere: Fall 2021
[delayed due to the corona crisis]
As the far-right surges in popularity all over the planet, the history of World War Two is being revised and inverted to whitewash fascist movements past and present. Retracing the ultra-nationalist upsurge a century ago is of special importance to us in Israel-Palestine, since this history forever altered our own political trajectory. How did grass-roots Jews and community bigwigs react in real time as the logic of ethnic cleansing earned intellectual currency? Knowing how our ancestors responded to the rise of Nazism could very well reshape our own answers to maybe the most important question: whether the moral lesson of the Holocaust is "Never Again, for our group only" or "Never Again, for anyone". An upcoming lecture from investigative journalist and human rights defender David Sheen.
The El-Nakam Bombers
Premiere: Fall 2020
Three decades after the death of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the movement that bears his name - and the unabashed advocacy for ethnic cleansing that he championed - are firmly ensconced in Israeli politics. But while most of the killers to come out of the Kahanist camp (more than twenty in number) have been dealt at least some form of punishment, those that murdered Palestinian-American activist Alex Odeh outside Los Angeles in 1985 have never had to answer for their crimes. Until now: investigative journalist and human rights defender David Sheen dug deep where the FBI could not go, and where Israel's Shin Bet didn't want to, unearthing enough evidence to put Odeh's assassins behind bars for the rest of their lives. But is there political will on either side of the Atlantic to act on it?
Premiere: Fall 2019
The far-right is in ascendancy all over the globe, and in Israel, factions once excoriated as political pariahs for being too racist -- even by Israeli standards -- have been welcomed into the halls of power by the government itself. Why does Netanyahu's ruling Likud party rehabilitate the most reactionary American-born rabbis and their local acolytes at the vanguard of Israel's eliminationist movement? How have their extensive efforts to turn all of Israel*Palestine (and territories beyond) into a single racially pure religious state escaped the attention of the mainstream media, for decades? A scandalous report from inside Jewish Israeli society by local journalist and human rights defender David Sheen that will leave you demanding answers -- and action -- before it's too late.
Premiere: Spring 2019
A pitched war of words is being waged between prominent African Americans and Jewish Americans over how best to respond to increasing racism in both the US and Israel, egged on respectively and collectively by Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. Nearly absent in this conversation are the lived experiences of black folks who actually inhabit Jewish spaces -- in the USA, in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories. An examination of the complex relationship history between these groups -- Blacks and Jews, and Black Jews -- sheds much-needed light on the treatment meted out to communities of color under Israeli ethnocracy, foremost among them indigenous Palestinians. A 100-minute multimedia lecture from local journalist and human rights defender David Sheen.
Israeli Politics Decoded
Premiere: Fall 2018
Gaza is eviscerated. Apartheid is entrenched in the West Bank. Inside official Israel, the ruling party openly promotes racial hatred towards Arabs and Africans. How popular are these belligerent policies amongst Israeli Jews? And how can we make sense of Israeli politics -- where dozens of parties run for parliament, and double-digits get in -- with wild swings, seemingly, in who holds power? Data visualizations of Israeli public opinion polls reveal patterns, while English translations of Israel's internal discourse reveal how those trends are expressed and experienced in our everyday lives. No easy answers here, but an unflinching interrogation and a compelling analysis of the state of Israel*Palestine under Trump and Netanyahu, from local journalist and human rights defender David Sheen.