For Immediate Release
Press Conference: 11am, Monday, March 5, 2012, Morrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, Washington, DC 20045
Protest: 12:30pm, White House (Pennsylvania Ave)
Washington, DC—Veteran, Iranian-American and interfaith groups will challenge The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its support for an Israeli attack on Iran in a press conference, at 11am, Monday, March 5, 2012 as President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Conference and protest are timed to coincide with AIPAC’s annual conference, which has been laying the groundwork for a military confrontation with Iran.
Veterans for Peace National President Retired US Navy Commander Leah Bolger said, “Obama needs to talk sense to Netanyahu when he meets him on Monday.” Bolger emphasized that “we need the President to announce that he will not allow the United States to be drawn into war if Israel attacks Iran or provokes hostilities in some other way.”
Retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright said, “President Obama in his speech to AIPAC said that a nuclear-armed Iran would thoroughly undermine the nonproliferation regime that we’ve done so much to build, yet Iran has signed the non-proliferation treaty and has submitted its facilities to international inspection while Israeli has not signed the NPT, nor allowed international inspectors into its nuclear facilities that have produced from 400-600 nuclear weapons.” Wright insists that must challenge the rhetoric of the Obama and Netanyahu governments concerning Iran’s nuclear program and not let them force the United States into another war.
Also speaking will be National Iranian American Council (NIAC) representative Jamal Adbi, who said, “In the past three years, the Obama administration has had discussions with the Iranian government for only 45 minutes –that is hardly what one would call ‘diplomacy’.”
At the 12:30pm protest, demonstrators will be out in front of the White House when Obama meets with Netanyahu to promote the message of diplomacy. Visuals will include giant letters to spell out “NO WAR ON IRAN”, puppets, mock checkpoint and Annexation Wall.
At 7:00PM, Another protest will take place outside of the AIPAC conference as Congressional representatives and dignitaries arrive for the Gala night. Night visuals will include a lit-up banner and visuals projected unto the Convention Center.
The Occupy AIPAC coalition is gathering to urge Obama to reject the Israeli administration’s push for war on Iran and insist on respect for Palestinian rights. Timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC policy conference from March 3-6, the Occupy AIPAC summit will be a long weekend of events and protests that draw attention to the role of AIPAC as a special interest lobby that maintains a stranglehold over US policies. As the Occupy Movement has focused public ire on the role of large corporations and powerful lobby groups, hundreds will gather in DC to protest AIPAC’s push for war.