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Nakba Day: 71 years since the ‘catastrophe,’ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict takes many forms in 2019

0:08 – KPFA News: On this Nakba day, another report from inside the Gaza strip — the international peace group Miles of Smiles has made 36 humanitarian trips to Gaza. Their last visit arrived just before a wave of Israeli bombs. Our reporter Rami Almeghari has their story.

0:20 – Fund Drive Premium: Al-Nakba

For the rest of the hour, we focus on the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of the documentary Al-Nakba, by Al-Jazeera TV, which traces the historical events leading up to the creation of the state of Israel. Get the DVD with a pledge of $150 to KPFA.

1:08 – Fund Drive Premium: The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the U.S. (2016)

Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.

Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies. Yours for a pledge of $150.

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