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Brooke Goldstein

Associate Fellow

Brooke Goldstein is a practicing attorney based out of New York City and an award-winning filmmaker. Goldstein is also the 2007 recipient of the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for Outstanding Public Advocacy, is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and serves as the¬†Director of the LAWFARE project¬†. Goldstein’s most recent film, “The Making of a Martyr” is the recipient of the Audience Choice Award for Best Film from the 2006 United Nations Documentary Film Festival and has screened in film festivals throughout the globe. “Martyr” is currently broadcast on several outlets including SNAGG Films, AOL Movies, and on television stations in the Middle East, Canada, Korea, Sweden, and other areas.

The issue of spreading awareness and upholding human rights, namely the child’s right to life and to an education and media free of incitement to hate and to kill themselves, is of primary concern to Brooke and she works as a filmmaker, activist and legal advocate to that end. Brooke has made several media appearances including on FOX News, CNN, the John Batchelor Show, WABC News Talk Radio, TVE (of Spain), on RAI (of Italy), NYC TV (local ch.25), Time Warner’s “Faith to Faith” television show (Brooke’s episode won the Telly Award for Outstanding Programming), and has been featured in the New York Sun, The American Spectator, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Jewish Weekly newspaper, the Alaska Daily News, the Canadian Jewish News,, USINFO, Counter Terrorist Magazine, and in Swindle Magazine.

Brooke has been invited to brief government officials at the U.S. State Department, the White House, and at U.S. Central Command Seminars, and she has visited U.S. military bases and schools to address the troops on issues of asymmetric warfare. Brooke is also a seasoned lecturer and has taught seminars at various schools including the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law, New York University, Berkeley University, and at Stanford University.

As an effort to facilitate public awareness and fruitful discussion of human rights violations against children ignored by the mainstream media, Brooke co-founded A2B Film Productions Inc., a Canadian-based independent documentary film production company focused on creating films that expose and explore such issues.

Filming the documentary “Martyr,” Brooke ventured into the West Bank and at great risk personally interviewed active and armed members of the Al-Aqsa, Fatah and Hamas terrorist groups, including Israel’s most wanted abject killer Zacharia Zubeidi (former leader of the Al -Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin), as well as families of suicide bombers, members of the Palestinian Authority, children’s television programmers at PA TV, Palestinian children living in the West Bank, teachers at Palestinian elementary schools, child psychologists, and children imprisoned for attempting suicide missions or otherwise participating in armed activity against the IDF. Brooke has a fresh, on the ground perspective of why youth become suicide bombers, how those close to them react to these decisions, how communities encourage this kind of violent extremism, and what we can do to prevent this phenomenon from spreading.

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