Israeli film director and investigative journalist Yotam Feldman is to tour Ireland at the end of the month, screening his exposé of the Israeli arms industry.
Feldman’s award winning film The Lab, which shines a light on the military-industrial complex in Israel and explores how it is helping to turn Palestine’s blood into Israel’s profit, will be screened in five cities and towns around Ireland between Saturday 28th March and Thursday 2nd April.
The tour is hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and several other organisations.
IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said, “This is a very important film that shines a much needed light into a very dark area of the Israeli and international collusion in the destruction of the Palestinian people. It reveals that Palestine has become a gigantic ‘weapons laboratory’ full of live subjects, and examines how this transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable, national asset; something in which many Western governments and institutions – including the Irish government and several Irish universities – are complicit.”
Director Yotam Feldman said, “The world is hypocritical. I mean, the same governments, in Europe especially, which are criticizing Israel for the use of military force against civilians, for collateral damage etc, are the same governments which are buying weapons from Israel, which are allowing Israel to produce new weapons and use new weapons in Gaza.”
“Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industries are doing bigger business than ever before. Large Israeli companies develop and test the vessels of future warfare, which is then sold worldwide by private Israeli agents, who manipulate a network of Israeli politicians and army commanders, while Israeli theoreticians explain to various foreign countries how to defeat civil and paramilitary resistance. All based on the extensive Israeli experience,” continued Feldman.
It is a compelling investigation into one of the reasons the IPSC and others are calling for an end to the Irish Arms Trade with Israel. A press conference officially launching this campaign will take place on Wednesday 1st April at 11.30am in Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
About the director:
Yotam Feldman is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist. He has worked for Haaretz as investigative journalist writing about issues concerning the relationship between military operations and financial profit, arms deals, and ‘national security’ industry. He is currently conducting research about Israeli activity in Africa.
The tour is hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trinity College Dublin Apartheid Free Campus Campaign, NUIG Palestine Solidarity Society, and Academics For Palestine.