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CAIR Applauds Maryland Council’s Decision to Reschedule Film Screening After Attempts to Silence Criticism of Israel’s Brutal Treatment of Palestinian Civilians

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the Takoma Park City Council’s decision to reschedule the screening of the film ”˜Occupation of the American Mind’ after its June 13 date was postponed due to attempts to silence criticism of Israel’s brutal occupation and mistreatment of Palestinian civilians. 

[NOTE: The documentary screening and panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 7 to 9:15 pm in the Auditorium located at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. All are encouraged to attend and participate.]

SEE: ”˜Occupation of the American Mind’ Screening Has Been Rescheduled

The ”˜Occupation of the American Mind’ Film Screening is Postponed

“Nuanced context, perspective and insight is critical to any legitimate conversation about Israel and Palestine,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Government officials cannot be in the business of infringing upon protected First Amendment rights in this debate. In their handling of this situation, Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart and the city council demonstrated a level of moral leadership, courage and professionalism that is often missing in political spaces today. We applaud them for not capitulating to cowardly attempts to erase narratives that are often missing in our national discourse.”

CAIR advocated on behalf of concerned residents by leading discussions with city council representatives to include a post-screening panel discussion, and helping coordinate logistics for the event, which expedited a new screening date.  

SEE: Statement from the Mayor on the Rescheduled Film Screening

The film, which was produced by the Media Education Fund and directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, is a critically-acclaimed analysis of “Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people.”

The screening was arranged as part of the Voices from the Holy Land’s film series. 

Voices From the Holy Land  [] is a grassroots initiative supported by over fifty interfaith communities comprised of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, and Unitarians. 

Its purpose is to provide a perspective on issues of justice, human rights and peace in the Holy land not found in mainstream media. The group has held more than 100 film screenings at houses of worship over the past several years, often accompanied by open discussions featuring knowledgeable experts on all sides of the Israel/Palestine conflict. 

IMDb Film Plot Synopsis:

“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.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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