Wed 5 July 2017
Description from Eyeless in Gaza website:
“They’re calling it a massacre.” “Children and civilians comprised the vast majority of the 200 killed.” “Israel is targeting… hospitals.” These quotes come directly from international media reports on the 2014 Gaza War. All of them are incorrect, yet they were used to create the narrative that the world, to a great extent, accepted. A narrative that saw Israel as the aggressor. Interviewing Israeli and Palestinian combatants, administrators and civilians, along with analysts, journalists and aid agency officials on the ground, Eyeless in Gaza sets out to find out how this narrative arose… and arrives at a very troubling conclusion.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion between NGO Monitor President Prof. Gerald Steinberg and Movie Producer Bob Magid.
Menachem Begin Heritage Center
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Movie Screening: 7:30PM
The owner of Polaris Films and producer of “Eyeless in Gaza”, Robert Magid has a varied career having been an economist, an investment banker, a toy designer and manufacturer, a director of a TV media company. He is currently an owner of a media company, hotels, restaurants and other properties. His interests include photography, media analysis, scriptwriting and cinematography. Having lived in the Middle East he has a strong interest in this area. Robert is particularly interested in the factors at play in determining what the media presents and in “Eyeless in Gaza” is using the Gaza War of 2014 as a platform; pointing the camera at the media while the media is pointing the camera at events. This leads to some interesting and surprising conclusions.
Col. Peter Lerner was the former IDF Spokesman, military Director of Communications, where he dealt with all media relations foreign and domestic, concerning military activities. He was responsible for building a media strategy, initiating media events and coordinating with other spokespersons. Col. Lerner am a specialist in crisis communications dealing on a daily basis with media strategy and response with regard to developing crisis, counter terrorist activities, security coordination with the Palestinians and issues concerning settlers. He led the IDF online presence increasing substantial, relatable and shareable content, bridging beyond traditional media and touching a substantial online following.
Professor Gerald Steinberg is founder and president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on the changing nature of power in international relations, as reflected in Middle East Diplomacy and Security, The Politics of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Israeli Politics and Arms Control. He was awarded a prestigious Israel Science Foundation grant (2008); served as team leader, Israel at the Polls chapters on the peace process and Israel-American relations (1988-2005); member of Israel Council of Foreign Affairs; advisory board of the Israel Law Review International; appointed to the Israel Higher-Education Council, Committee on Public Policy (2013); academic participant in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ICCA.
Ben-Dror Yemini is a senior journalist with the Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot who conducted much research about anti-Israeli propaganda. His latest best-seller, “THE INDUSTRY OF LIES” (Hebrew), was published in Nov. 2014, and is about to be published in English and French. Yemini gives lectures at a lot of leading universities and parliaments. His articles are published in many leading newspapers around the world.
Yemini was a peace activist for many years, he supports the two state solution, he opposes the settlements’ expansion and argues that the anti-Israeli propaganda is becoming a real threat to the free thought and to the freedom of speech, and one of the biggest obstacles to reconciliation and peace.
Michele Chabin writes for both mainstream and religion-focused publications. She is USA Today’s accredited correspondent in Israel, and the Israel or Middle East correspondent for Religion News Service, the New York Jewish Week and the National Catholic Register. She contributes to many other publications and welcomes new clients and speaking engagements.
Michele has won two first place awards from the Catholic Press Association and several Rockower awards for Jewish Journalism. In May 2017, Times of Israel blogger Miriam Lottner named Michele one of the 69 Extraordinary Women of Israel. In addition to her professional work, Michele is currently a Senior Fellow for the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Menachem Begin Heritage Center