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The Princeton Middle East Society seeks to promote a broad understanding of the Middle East, its history, its culture and the diversity of its peoples.

Recent from PMES

Screening of the acclaimed film The Wanted 18, Princeton Middle East Society & Jewish Voice for Peace, Central NJ, Co-sponsors   

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.