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2010.03.31> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO’s Schwalb Center to Co-Host Documentary on Israel

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Natan & Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and the Jewish Community Center of Omaha will co-sponsor a free screening of the documentary “The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost” on Thursday, April 8. The 77-minute film directed by Michael Yohay starts at 5 p.m. in the Eppley Auditorium in the university’s Eppley Administration Building.

“The Case for Israel” premiered at the 24th annual Haifa International Film. The film presents evidence from leading historians, analysts, legal experts and leaders on both sides of the political spectrum to make the definitive case for Israel’s legitimacy and right to self-defense. The screening is open to the campus community and the general public.

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz argues in the film that real peace in the Middle East can only occur when the Palestinians, Arabs and their allies finally value the creation of a Palestinian state more than they oppose the presence of a Jewish state. Commentators in the film include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ambassador Dennis Ross, former Israel Supreme Court President Aharon Barak and to Tzipi Livni, an Israeli opposition leader.

Dershowitz also discusses Jewish claims to a homeland, individual rights under Israel’s democratic system of government, security fencing and military conduct in the face of terrorist attacks. An overview at the end of the film examines Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which are often seen as threatening to Israel.

The documentary film continues to be screened at film festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Israel. It was awarded the Gold Remi at the Houston-Worldfest International Film and Video Festival and Special Mention at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.

For more information on the screening, contact unoisraelcenter@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2139.

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