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New Horizon Conference kicks off in Beirut amid US pressure

Mariam Saleh

Press TV, Beirut

The 7th round of the New Horizon Conference has convened this year in the Lebanese capital Beirut bringing together prominent intellectuals and activists who discussed the level of Israel’s influence in the US and Europe.

The New Horizon Conference, the NHC is an annual forum held by Iranian media expert Nader Talebzadeh to discuss major global issues. Following a US ban, which meant the guests could not travel to Iran, Talebzadeh and his team decided to take this year’s conference to Beirut.

Despite US sanctions on several organizers of the conference and pressure on US citizens not to travel to Beirut, many activists from across the world still made it to the event.

Many of the participants had been approached, harassed and intimidated by the FBI and US spy agency the CIA not to attend the conference.

They spoke about the growing pressure on academics both in the US and Canada, and how the Israel lobby is shutting down many types of interpretations on issues like Israel, Palestine or 9/11.

Guests at the conference also considered that the US pressure has not been able to shut down grassroots movements.

Over the years, the New Horizon has hosted critics of US-Israeli policies, who question why Israel can slaughter protestors in Gaza, bomb Palestinian homes, and be utterly free from censure from the US government and mainstream media.

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