Public Invited to Film Series Sponsored by Northfielders for Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel

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Not all battles involve bombs. In the battle for justice for Palestine, opponents deploy persuasion and influence to mobilize supporters as foot soldiers of their respective messages. For its ninth annual film festival, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will present three films exploring occupation and nonviolent resistance to it.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 6, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

June 6. “Open Bethlehem.” Filmmaker Leila Sansour thought she had left behind her sleepy hometown of Bethlehem, Palestine, forever. But a junky car and a persistent cousin changed all that. “Open Bethlehem” tells the story of the organization of the same name they founded to resist Bethlehem’s encirclement by Israel’s apartheid wall. The organization promotes tourism to the city in the face of concerted Israeli efforts to curtail travel there.

June 13. “The Occupation of the American Mind.” Just as Israel occupies Palestinian land, it occupies the political mind of Americans. The second in this film series explores how the pro-Israel lobby has captured the minds and tax dollars of the American people, in spite of Israel’s flagrant violations of human rights.

June 20. “The BDS Movement Explained.” Activists for justice in Palestine are increasingly turning to a time-tested method of nonviolent resistance to oppression known as BDS. In this video, human rights activist Omar Barghouti discusses how boycott, divestment and sanction actions are designed to, through the withholding of support or money, pressure Israel to comply with international law.

The film series is organized by NJP, a diverse group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, visit the website at or by e-mail at