forwarded by Bill Conway, Community Free Films (CFF)
For Immediate Publication – PRESS RELEASE
From: Bill Conway
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.