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December 4, 2016 7:56 am

UCLA Pro-Israel Students Slam Screening of ‘Antisemitic’ Film Featuring BDS Activist Roger Waters

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JNS.org – A group of pro-Israel student leaders at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) slammed a documentary film screening event on campus that was hosted Nov. 30 by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and attended by former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, an outspoken anti-Israel activist.

The documentary film — “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War on the United States” — is produced by Sut Jhally, a communications professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and narrated by Waters.

The film, which focuses on pro-Israel public relations efforts in the US, seeks to explore “how the Israeli government, the US 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,” a description of the event on Facebook said.

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In an open letter published in UCLA’s Daily Bruin student newspaper, the pro-Israel students said that the film peddles in “centuries-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” that “a group of powerful, manipulative and domination-obsessed Jews have gained control of politics and media through a combination of wealth, power, influence and deceit.”

“By choosing to screen this film, Students for Justice in Palestine has unabashedly endorsed and legitimized this perception of the Jewish people,” the statement added.

The students said their goal was not to silence the viewpoints expressed in the film, but to “combat bad speech with constructive speech.”

“Along with their right to screen this film comes our moral responsibility to call it what it is: inflammatory, anti-Semitic propaganda,” they wrote.

The joint statement was signed by Jackie Schaeffer, the strategic policy director of the Bruin-Israel Public Affairs Committee; Amir Kashfi, legislative director of the Bruin-Israel Public Affairs Committee; Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh, president of Bruins for Israel; Noah Wallace, finance chair of the Hillel at UCLA Student Board; Hannah Tudzin, president of the Hillel at UCLA Student Board; Ariel Rafalian, financial support commissioner of the Undergraduate Students Association Council and Inbar Goren, president of Students Supporting Israel at UCLA.

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  • mahershallelhashbaz

    It appears that Roger Waters has an agenda not unlike the Biblical character Balaam who was a professional curser that was summoned by the king of Moab to lay a curse on the Israelites. So being a man of considerable means back in those days meant you got to ride a donkey, which Balaam rode in haste to get a reward for his services. But something prevented the donkey from making the journey because the financiers of Balaam’s upcoming concert tour had suddenly withdrawn their support. Nonetheless, Balaam would eventually arrive at one of the vantage points in southern California from which he would attempt to curse the Israelites. Inspired by an omen in which he watched a serpent swallow its victim whole, he proceeded to do the same to the Israelites by invoking a curse on them saying, “Get in my belly!” This resulted in his choking on dust, for it was his want to slither on the ground with the sole intent of impressing into young women that he was an erotic Jim Morrison phallus figure but in actuallity was only an expert at crawling into holes and thus was incapable of wrapping his puny little mind around issues pertaining to men in their endeavor to live productive lives by the sweat of their brow.

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