September 26, 2010

Broadcast Date: 
Sep 26 2010

Is "boycott" still a dirty word? and more from Muzzlewatch's Cecilie Surasky; the official U.S. government film of the World War II Nuremberg tribunal finally premieres at the Film Forum; plus Village Voice theater critic Jim Hoberman on Howl.

Episode segments
  • A New Year and the Struggle for Justice Intensifies
    Theater, Israel/Palestine, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Jewish Communities, Jewish Life, Occupation, Anti-Semitism
    Cecilie Surasky is Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace and the founder of Muzzlewatch, JVP's acclaimed blog documenting efforts to silence open debate about Israel-Palestine policy.
    Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

    In today's conversation we talk about:

    1) The Jewish role in fueling Islamophobia.  See Some Zionist Groups Stoke Fear Of Islam for Political Profit

    2) Campus groups gearing up, once again, for the ongoing struggle to hold Israel accountable for its repression of Palestinian rights.

    3) The blowback following Harvard's scheduling of The New Republic's Martin Peretz to speak at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies after he writes in his blog:  “Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims," and adding (though later retracting), "I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.”

    4) The refusal of Israeli theater artists and playwrights to perform in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.  Over 150 American theater and film professionals representing some of the most respected and renowned names in theater, film, music, architecture and television, sign a statement saluting "our Israeli counterparts for their courageous decision" to refuse " to allow their work to be used to normalize a cruel occupation which they know to be wrong, which violates international law and which is impeding the hope for a just and lasting peace for Israelis an Palestinians alike."  For the full statement and list of signers, click here.



  • Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today/The Schulberg-Waletsky Restoration
    Holocaust, Film, Arts & Culture

    Sandra Schulberg, with Josh Waletsky, is responsible for the restoration of the film Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today.

    Stephen Rapp is Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.  He was a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and was chief prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

    Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

    Completed in 1948, the film Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today, was intended for general release in the U.S.; but it never happened.  We talk with the film's co-restorer, Sandra Schulberg about the film itself (why, when and by whom it was made);  what may have prevented it being shown to American audiences; and the challenges she and Josh Waletsky faced in bringing us this restoration.

    Nuremberg was the first time that war crimes were tried before an international tribunal.  We talk with Ambassador Rapp about the legacy of Nuremberg in shaping the subsequent development of international law.

    Nuremberg opens at Manhattan's Film Forum on September 29th.

  • Howl
    Theater, Film, Arts & Culture, Literature
    Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

    We talk with film critic Jim Hoberman about the newly released film about Allen Ginsberg, his 1955 poem Howl, and the 1957 trial for obscenity. Howl is screening at:

    18 West Houston Street, New York, NY
    260 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
    1886 Broadway, New York, NY