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 www.miralmovie.com and share the unprecedented statements being issued from the entertainment industry on the need to hear both sides of the story: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-12/miral-a-new-mo...
Here is our public statement:
We, at American Jews For A Just Peace, www.ajjp.org, 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.