Published on Oct 26, 2014
On Saturday Morning, October 18th, 2014, BLOCK THE BOAT – LOS ANGELES began a successful 2 ½ day-long blockade of the Israeli-owned “Zim Savannah” cargo ship that had scheduled to dock in the Port of Long Beach that day. Activists from all over Southern California (Including: KPFK radio host, Margaret Prescod) had gathered once again at the Pier “A” Plaza to begin their long-planned blockade.
They were soon joined on the plaza by a small band of pro-Zionist supporters who counter-demonstrated on the southeast traffic island. One-by-one, members of BLOCK THE BOAT successfully reoccupied the traffic island. But, not without a racist verbal assault being directed at Margaret Prescod by self-admitted racists. This is a video highlight from day one of the blockade.
“Free Palestine Now”
Xana Soul Searcher
& The Voices of Block the Boat – LA
Mashup produced by: Sanchez
This eye opening long documentary film elaborates on the discovery of American media lies by comparing how news are delivered to the US population and to other countries around the world. The film provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the ME zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for example. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others–work in combination with lsraeIi public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, the documentary carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the lsraeIi occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and lsraeIi colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out lsraeI’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.