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Kahanistan
Premiere: Fall 2021

Kahanistan

Followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane were once among America's most active terrorists, but their capacity was crushed in 2001, when the FBI arrested the Jewish Defense League leadership over a plot to bomb a California mosque and assassinate an Arab-American congressman. Ever since, the JDL's been mostly dormant in the US, but in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories, Kahane's eliminationist ideology has more adherents than ever. In 2021, Kahane's followers were voted into the Knesset, Israel's legislature; from there, they incited race riots that Israells police chief called a "Jewish intifada". So why is the most racist and most murderous movement in modern Jewish history so normalized in New York and Washington, DC? Why do even ostensibly liberal US lawmakers keep kowtowing to the Kahanists? The latest lecture from investigative journalist and human rights defender David Sheen.


Gaslight Unto the Nations
Premiere: Spring 2022

Gaslight Unto the Nations

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.


Jewish Politics Decoded
Premiere: Fall 2022

Jewish Politics Decoded

In the past decade, the Israeli government and its supporters have demanded that any peace deal with their neighbors hinge on the latter agreeing to accept Israel as a "Jewish state". But in all that time, when asked what this would entail in practice for the fourteen million people who fall under Israeli control - half of whom aren't Jewish - no detailed answers have been forthcoming. This isn't only because conceding to this demand would sanction racial and religious discrimination against non-Jews, but also because there is no consensus on what Judaism is - even amongst Jews themselves. Local journalist and human rights defender David Sheen charts the history of how Jewish people came to be, how they have evolved religiously and politically over thousands of years, and what those many changes mean for modern-day politics in Israel*Palestine.


Israel Inverted
Premiere: Spring 2023

Israel Inverted

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.