Wednesday, March 16, 2011

US Campaign member organizations acclaim "Miral" against tide of anti-Palestinian censorship

At American Jews for a Just Peace…
Today, AJJP became the first Jewish organization in the United States to stand up against the AJC and the Government of Israel in their efforts to stop the showing of the new film "Miral" at the United Nations this evening. You can learn more about the film at and share the unprecedented statements being issued from the entertainment industry on the need to hear both sides of the story:
Here is our public statement:
We, at American Jews For A Just Peace,, stand in support of filmmaker Julian Schnabel and Harvey Weinstein in their efforts to distribute Miral, a new film based on the autobiographical novel by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal. Miral tells the story of three generations of Palestinian women, and in particular an orphaned Palestinian girl, as they navigate the personal and political landscapes of their times, starting with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, through the first nonviolent Palestinian uprising against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1987, to the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. Miral is not a documentary or a polemic; it is a window into the lives of Palestinians, whose voices have gone unheard in the United States for far too long.
We, at American Jews For Just Peace, stand in opposition to the efforts by the American Jewish Congress and the Israeli government's efforts to block the film's showing at the United Nations and other venues.

At the Palestine Center...
The following article by Julian Schnabel and Harvey Weinstein was published by The Daily Beast on 12 March 2011.
"Peter King Needs to See Our Movie"
By Julian Schnabel and Harvey Weinstein
At a time when politicians are stoking the flames of hate, we felt the need to make a film about understanding the Palestinian narrative. Perhaps predictably, our critics are furious.
Two events taking place within weeks of each other this month illustrate the complex and sometimes difficult history of Arabs and Muslims in America. On Thursday, Congress launched an investigation into the American-Muslim community that many observers have likened to a McCarthyite witch-hunt, and on March 25, Miral, a mainstream American film with a Palestinian protagonist, will have its U.S. theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles.