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The Princeton Middle East Society is a non-profit organization created to promote an understanding of the history, culture and peoples of the Middle East. Fundamental to our mission is respect for the human rights and dignity of all in the region. Our aim is to provide the Greater Princeton community with access to information and viewpoints that are often underrepresented in the mainstream media.

Reception and Screening of the Film The Wanted 18 

The Princeton Middle East Society and Jewish Voice for Peace – Central New Jersey kicked off the new year with a reception and screening of the acclaimed film The Wanted 18 at the UU Congregation of Princeton on October 1, 2019.

Through a clever mix of stop-motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production was declared a “threat to the national security of the state of Israel.”

In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities – until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat. Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their “Intifada” milk with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit.

Recreating the story of the “wanted 18” from the perspectives of the Beit Sahour activists, Israeli military officials and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and Canadian director Paul Cowan create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism and self-determination.