[HCCN] fw: Film & Discussion, US/Israel Foreign Policy

Peter Robbins peter at robbinsandrobbins.com
Sat Sep 25 17:03:35 EDT 2010

forwarded by Bill Conway, Community Free Films (CFF)

For Immediate Publication - PRESS RELEASE

From: Bill Conway


Date:            09-17-10

   RE:            Wednesday, September 29th Video & Discussion

Place:            Ellsworth Library River Room  6-8pm

U.S. Voters Continue to Support Israel Military Action

Two months before a September announcement that Israel and the  
Palestinian Authority would begin talks to end the long conflict  
between their countries, Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant United States  
Department of State official, delivered a speech at the Brookings  
Saban Center for Middle East Policy.  The speech primarily emphasized  
the “Obama administration’s approach to the U.S. – Israel Security  
Cooperation: Preserving Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.”  The  
title and opening two paragraphs of the speech leads to images of a  
continued, long-term conflict and war in the Middle East.

In reference to “the Obama Administration’s enduring commitment to  
Israel’s security”, Mr. Shapiro states, “And I am proud to say that  
as a result of this commitment, our security relationship with Israel  
is broader, deeper and more intense than ever before.”  One of Mr.  
Shapiro’s responsibilities is “to preserve Israel’s Qualitative  
Military Edge, or QME.”  The entire Shapiro speech can be obtained by  
going to: www.state.gov/t/pm/ris/rm/144753.htm.

The remarks by Mr. Shapiro set the stage for the future of Israel and  
Palestine.  Brit Tzedik V. Shalom (American Jewish Alliance for  
Justice and Peace) is a national organization that has indicated  
their belief that the current U.S. – Israel foreign policy is  
“unwise”, and that if continued, Israel as a nation state could cease  
to exist.  This information was provided in a Brit Tzedik brochure  
that Bill Conway (Director of Community Free Films) obtained while  
attending Brit Tzedik meetings in Bangor.

Conway states, “CFF agrees with Brit Tzedik. Over the past ten years  
we have compiled documentary film evidence that American citizens  
have been easily led to ignore past U.S. - Israel foreign policy.”   
Conway further believes that Mr. Shapiro, in his passionate speech,  
clearly points to a future that will not be peaceful.

CFF invites anyone in the Ellsworth area who is interested in  
supporting both Israel and the Palestinian people to watch a short  
film followed by brief discussion on September 29th at the Ellsworth  
Library River Room from 6 to 8 pm.  Our purpose is to discuss in  
small groups a way to address how a “wise” U.S. – Israel foreign  
policy can be developed by the United States.  We will consider any  
action we may take as individuals or as a group. 
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