Israel’s Reel Extremism

July 1, 2024

“An extraordinary investigation that asks urgent questions.”
-Naomi Klein, author and activist

“Watch this documentary and see Israel.”
-Gideon Levy,
Haaretz columnist and author

Zeteo and Jewish Currents are co-hosting the premiere of Zeteo’s first original documentary, produced by Basement Films. Israel’s Reel Extremism journeys through Israeli society after months of mass violence in Gaza. Through the prism of viral social media posts, and exclusive interviews with the soldiers behind them, as well as leading figures in media and politics, the film reveals a nation gripped by vengeance threatening the possibility of peace.

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The film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Mehdi Hasan, founder and editor-in-chief of Zeteo; Amira Haas, award-winning Israeli author and journalist; Najla Said, Palestinian American actress, author, and activist; and Simone Zimmerman, Jewish American activist and co-founder of IfNotNow.

PLEASE NOTE: Film runtime is 40 minutes. This is a private ticketed event, taking place in-person at the Angelika Film Center in NYC (18 W. Houston Street). Guests will be checked in at the door.

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Amira Hass is one of Haaretz’s correspondents for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Between 1993 and 1997 she lived in and reported from Gaza, where she wrote her widely acclaimed book, Drinking the Sea at Gaza. She has been living in El-Bireh/Ramallah in the West Bank since 1997.

Najla Said is an award-winning actor, playwright, author, and activist. She was a founding member of the Arab American theater collective NIBRAS in 2001 and creator of a 2010 solo show PALESTINE. In 2013, she published a memoir, Looking For Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, based on her play. Najla was named one of the “Forty Feminists Under Forty” by The Feminist Press in 2010.

Simone Zimmerman is an organizer and strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her personal journey is currently featured in the film Israelism, about the generational crisis in the American Jewish community about Israel/Palestine. Zimmerman is a co-founder of the Jewish anti-apartheid organization IfNotNow and is currently the media director for the Diaspora Alliance, an international organization dedicated to fighting antisemitism and its misuse.

Mehdi Hasan (host) is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Zeteo. An award-winning British American journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Hasan has interviewed a number of prominent Israeli politicians including former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Naftali Bennett. He has anchored shows for MSNBC and Al Jazeera English.

Cosponsored by Zeteo, an independent media project founded by award-winning journalist Mehdi Hasan. Zeteo—which comes from the ancient Greek word for “seeking out” and “striving”—is a new media organization that seeks answers for the questions that really matter, while always striving for the truth.