Online Film Salons


November 19, 2023 - Q&A Discussion on Marketing the Israeli Occupation - Part Two: Media and the Palestine Problem with panelists Thomas Suárez - author, musician, historical researcher, and lecturer; Alex McDonald - author, activist, Gaza Freedom Flotilla participant; Dale Sprusansky - Managing Editor, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs; and Katie Halper (moderator) -  radio and podcast host, writer, film producer.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations and Disciples of Christ – Palestine Israel Network

September 10, 2023 – Q&A panel discussion on Erasing Palestine from US School Curricula with panelists Ali Kriegsman -  filmmaker, author, entrepreneur, and small business leader; Ezra Beinart -Jewish day school senior; facilitator of on-line discussions between US Jewish teens & Palestinians; Susan Douglass -   educator, author, outreach director for the CCAS at Georgetown University.  Faedah Totah - Associate Professor, School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University moderated the conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Virginia Coalition for Human Rights and Indiana Center for Middle East Peace


August 20, 2023 - Q&A discussion on The Truth: LOST at SEA with panelists Rifat Audeh - director, producer, activist, survivor of 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Ann Wright - US Army Colonel (ret.); US diplomat; 2010, ‘15, ’16, ‘23 Gaza Freedom Flotillas; 2018, ‘23 ground crew, Awni Farhat -  Gaza activist; 2018, ‘23 Gaza Freedom Flotilla participant, and Alex McDonald (moderator) - author, educator, activist; 2018, ‘23 Gaza Freedom Flotilla participant.  This event was Co-Sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.

July 16, 2023 - Q&A discussion on My Tree with Jason Sherman , Jewish Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker;  Seth Morrison, Treasurer, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, publicly resigned from Washington, D.C. Board of Jewish National Fund; and Mazin Qumsiyeh: author, founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University.  Iymen Chehade , professor of Middle Eastern History, Columbia College; founder, Uprising Theater, moderated the conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Kehilla Community Synagogue Middle East Peace Committee  and Israel-Palestine Mission Network, PCUSA

Read Mondoweiss article here.  Read WRMEA article here.


June 18, 2023 - Q&A discussion on The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation with panelists: Avi Mograbi -  Israeli filmmaker; Board member, Breaking the Silence; Joel Carmel former COGAT officer in the West Bank; Advocacy Coordinator, Breaking the Silence;  and Jamal Najjab - Palestinian-American photojournalist and human rights advocate.  James Zogby - co-founder and president, Arab American Institute moderated the conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Veterans For Peace and Nonviolence International.

Read article in Mondoweiss here.   Read article in WRMEA here.

May 21, 2023 - Q&A Discussion on NAKBA 75: Remembering the Voices, featuring documentaries Voices Across the Divide and Born in Deir Yassin.  Panelists include: Alice Rothchild -  author, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School (Retd.); Emad Moussa -  Palestinian-British journalist, researcher, and human rights activist; and Huda Giddens - Palestinian American educator, Nakba survivor.  Ahlam Muhtaseb - author, filmmaker, and Professor of Media Studies at CSUSB moderated the conversation.  This Salon was Co-Sponsored by If Not Now  and US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

April 16, 2023 - Q&A panel discussion on Marketing the Israeli Occupation - Part One, with panelists Grant F. Smith – author, Director, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy; Edward Ahmed Mitchell - National Deputy Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Rebecca Vilkomerson (moderator) - author; former Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and American Muslims for Palestine

Read article in WRMEA here.

March 19, 2023 - Q&A panel discussion on The Law and The Prophets with panelists Joshua Vis -  Filmmaker, writer, activist, and tour organizer; Muhanad Al Qaisy -  General Coordinator, Olive Tree Campaign; Project Officer, Joint Advocacy Initiative;  and Chase Carter -  Communications Director, Center for Jewish Nonviolence; community organizer.  Mercy Aiken  -  Author; Relationship Manager, Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East moderated the conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network and Pax Christi USA.

Read article in Mondoweiss here.

February 12, 2023 - Q&A Discussion on 'Til Kingdom Come with panelists  Mark Braverman - author, Executive Director of Kairos USA; Maya Zinshtein - Israeli filmmaker and investigative journalist; Bruce Fisk -  author, Senior Research Fellow, Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East; Don Wagner - author, Presbyterian Minister, former National Program Director at FOSNA.  Lara Friedman,  President of Foundation for Middle East Peace moderated this conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Read article in Mondoweiss here.

January 15, 2023 - Q&A discussion on "Is Israel an Apartheid State?" with panelists Saleh Hijazi,  former Deputy Regional Direct - MENA at Amnesty International; Michael Lynk,  author, Associate Professor of Law at Western University, former UNHCR Special Rapporteur for Palestinian territories; and Edwin Arrison,  Anglican Priest, former Development Officer - Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.  Jonathan Kuttab,  attorney, author, Exec. Dir. Friends of Sabeel North America moderated this conversation.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Unitarian Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East and Independent Jewish Voices-Canada

December 11, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on Come and See; Go and Tell --- Next Year in Palestine with Rifat Kassis, author; human rights activist, General Coordinator of Kairos Palestine & Global Kairos for Justice; Sam Bahour, Ramallah-based Palestinian-American writer, businessperson, and activist; and  Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace.  Dr. Michael Spath, founder & Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace moderated the conversation.  Be sure to check out the Bonus links at the end.  This event was co-sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America, Churches for Middle East Peace, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

November 13, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on THE SETTLERS with Shimon Dotan - filmmaker and University instructor on Political Cinema and Film Directing; Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro - scholar, author, Board Director at International Council for Middle East Studies; and Lara Friedman (moderator) -President, Foundation for Middle East Peace.  This event was Co-Sponsored by Tzedek Chicago and Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago.

October 11, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on BOYCOTT with Bahia Amawi, protagonist in the film and litigant in lawsuit against anti-BDS legislation; Peter Beinart, editor-at-large at Jewish Currents and professor of journalism; Jen Marlowe, author, filmmaker, playwright, and human rights activist; Suhad Babaa, producer, news publisher, and Executive Director and President of Just Vision, and John Floyd, criminal law attorney, president of CAIR-Houston, and plaintiff lawyer for two successful lawsuits against Texas anti-BDS legislation.  Alex McDonald, co-founder of Texas Coalition for Human Rights, co-leader of Quaker Palestine-Israel Network, and VFHL Steering Committee member moderated this discussion.  This event was Co-Sponsored by United Methodist Kairos Response and Methodist Federation for Social Action.



September 11, 2022 - Q&A Discussion Skies Above Hebron with anthropological documentary filmmaker Esther Hertog; artist and writer specializing in visual studies Liat Berdugo; Hebron native specializing in settler colonialism Lubna Alzaroo; and reporter, essayist, book author, co-host “War Stories” podcast Adin Dobkin (Moderator) This event was co-sponsored by United Church of Christ - Palestine Israel Network.


August 14, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on the filmed version of the original play How to Make a Revolution.  Playwright, actor and theatre director Einat Weizman, and Issa Amro, human rights defender and founder of Youth Against Settlements, talk with  Miko Peled, Israeli-American author and human rights activist.  This event was co-sponsored by Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

July 17, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on Journalism Under Occupation - In Memory of Shireen Abu Akleh, with panelists Yumna Patel, Bethlehem-based Palestine News Director at Mondoweiss and Lia Tarachansky, Israeli-Canadian journalist and filmmaker.  Maha Nassar, Associate Professor in School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, moderated this conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by Virginia Coalition for Human Rights and Green Mountain Solidarity With Palestine.

June 12, 2022 - Q&A conversation about Graphic Arts as Resistance: Palestine Posters with Palestine Poster Project Archive founder-curator Dan Walsh and Angela Miller, Professor of Art History, Washington University in St. Louis. This event was co-sponsored by the Quaker Palestine-Israel Network

May 15, 2022 - Q&A discussion on Art as Resistance: Truth and Consequences with panelists Sliman Mansour, renowned Palestinian artist and founder of International Academy of Art, Lina Abojaradeh, Palestinian artist and Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Art Scholarship winner, and Ahmed Hmeetdat (moderator), Palestinian painter and Human Rights & International Law instructor at Al Quds Bard College in East Jerusalem.  This event was co-sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

April 10, 2022 - Q&A discussion on B'Tselem Camera Project film Of Land and Bread with panelists Roy Yellin, Director of Public Advocacy, and Ruthie Ginsburg, faculty member at HaMidrasha School of Art of Beit Berl Academic College.  Jamal Najjab, photojournalist and human rights advocate, moderated the conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA.

March 13, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on the film ADVOCATE with Lea Tsemel, Israeli attorney and advocate for Palestinian human rights, and Rachel Leah Jones , filmmaker, writer, editor, and social justice advocate.  Jim Fine – Former director, Quaker Legal Aid Office in Jerusalem, moderated the conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by Non-Violence International.

February 6, 2022 – Q&A Discussion on Soldier on the Roof with panelists Esther Hertog, anthropological documentary filmmaker; Liat Berdugo,  artist and writer specializing in visual studies, Associate Professor of Art,   Architecture + Art History at the University of San Francisco; and Lubna Alzaroo,  instructor at University of Washington specializing in settler colonialism.  Adin Dobkin, reporter, essayist, book author, co-host “War Stories” podcast, moderated the conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by Consequence Forum.

January 9, 2022 - Q&A Discussion on "Gaza: Still Alive" with panelists Harry Fear, independent journalist and filmmaker, and Dr. Samah Jabr, psychiatrist and psychotherapist - Head of the Mental Health Unit of the Palestinian Ministry of Health.  Dr. Elizabeth Berger, child psychiatrist and founding/steering committee member of USA Palestine Mental Health Network, moderated the conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by USA Palestine Mental Health Network and the Palestine-Global Mental Health Network.

December 12, 2021 - Q&A Discussion with Panelists Yousef AlKhouri (Lecturer at Bethlehem Bible College & member, Christ at the Checkpoint)and Elizabeth (Community Builder and former teacher at Jerusalem School, Bethlehem) on "Christians in Palestine - Two Films."  Rev. Susan Wilder (Co-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of The Presbyterian Church (USA)) moderated the conversation.

November 14, 2021 - Q&A Discussion of 1948:Creation and Catastrophe with panelists Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, Co-Director/Executive Producer, Professor of Media Studies at California State University,  and Miko Peled, Israeli-American author, human rights activist.  Lia Tarachansky, Israeli-Canadian filmmaker and journalist moderated this conversation


October 10, 2021 - Q&A Discussion with Abdelfattah Abusrour, founder of Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society,  and Christiane Dabdoub Nassar, author and cultural operator, on Bethlehem Today: Two Short Films.  Leila Sansour, director/producer and founder of OPEN BETHLEHEM, moderated the conversation.

September 12, 2021 - Q&A discussion on Valentino’s Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs with writer/director Michael Singh and with Waleed Mahdi, Assistant Professor of US-Arab cultural politics, University of Oklahoma.  Rosemarie Esber, author and oral historian moderated this conversation.

August 15, 2021 - Q&A discussion on Stitching Palestine with film producer Muna Khalidi and Salma El-Yassir, one of the film participants.  Wafa Ghnaim moderated the conversation.

July 11, 2021 - Q&A discussion of Gaza Fights For Freedom with film director Abby Martin and with Issam Adwan, Gaza Director of We Are Not Numbers.  Jehad Abusalim, Education and Policy Associate at American Friends Service Committee moderated the conversation.  .

June 13, 2021 - Q&A Discussion on "Radiance of Resistance" with Janna Jihad, the subject of the film.  Ariana Bazlamit, Palestinian American activist and actress led the discussion. 

May 16, 2021 - Q&A Discussion on MAYOR with Musa Hadid, Mayor of Ramallah, Palestine, and David Osit, filmmaker.  Special announcement by Mayor Diana Broderson from Muscatine, IA -- a Sister City of Ramallah.  Deya' Leonard Dresner, Executive Director of Leonard Education Organization moderated the conversation.



April 11, 2021 - Q&A Discussion on “On the Side the Side of the Road” with filmmaker Lia Tarachansky and with Ghassan J. Tarazi, educator and founding member of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace.  Rosemarie Esber, author, oral historian, and international gender specialist moderated the discussion.

March 14, 2021 - Q&A Discussion on "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in the United States" with Sut Jhally, producer, Executive Director of Media Education Foundation, and Professor (retired) of Communications at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and  Phil Weiss - Author and Co-Editor at Mondoweiss.  Diana Buttu, Palestinian human rights lawyer, analyst at Institute for Middle East Understanding moderated the discussion.

February 14, 2021 - Q&A Discussion with filmmaker Maurice Jacobsen and Issam Adwan, Gaza Coordinator for We Are Not Numbers on We All Live in Gaza.  Marla Schrader, Senior Director of Communications for United Palestinian Appeal moderated the conversation.







January 17, 2021 - Q&A Discussion with Panelists Saed Andoni, Saleh Kayal Tamimi, and Baha' AbuShanab on three short film - Next Generation's Perspectives on the Occupation: Three Student Films.   Suhad Babaa, Executive Director of Just Vision Films, moderated the discussion.

December 13, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with Shaina Low, Advocacy Officer at Defense for Children International–Palestine and Yaz J., former Palestinian youth detainee on the Detaining Dreams and OBAIDA.  Estee Chandler - Host/Producer of KPFK’s Middle East in Focus and Chair of JVP Action BOD moderated the discussion.

November 15, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with filmmaker Molly Stuart and with Atalya Ben-Abba, the subject of the film Objector.  Rev. Kaeley McEvoy moderated the discussion.

October 18, 2020 - Q&A Discussion on "The Ruins of Lifta" with filmmaker Menachem Daum and Dr. Daphna Golan, human rights and peace activist. Dr. Angela Miller, Professor of Art History and American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis moderated this discussion.

September 13, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with panelists Dr. Mark Braverman and Rev. Ntuthuko Nkosi, moderated by Dr. Michael Fischbach on the film Roadmap to Apartheid.

August 16, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with Kathy Sheetz Greaves and Huwaida Arraf on Rock the Boat: anatomy of a non violent action

July 19, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with Suhad Babaa and Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison on Naila and the Uprising

June 14, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with Pamela Nice and Yonaton Shapira on "It's What We Do": A Play About the Occupation

May 17, 2020 - Q&A Discussion with Miko Peled on Home Front: Portraits From Sheik Jarrah