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Middle East film ‘Relentless’ set for local screening

By Elana Kahn-Oren
of The Chronicle staff

May 30th, 2003

When Rafael Shore teaches a class about Israeli politics to visiting American students, he jokes that if they have a headache by the end of the class, he’ll know that they understand the material.

From his experience with these groups, Shore came to believe that Jews needed help understanding current events in Israel without an anti-Israel bias. That led him to co-write and produce the film “Relentless: The Struggle For Peace In Israel.”

The one-hour film will be screened on June 9, 7:30 p.m., at The War Memorial Center, 750 North Lincoln Memorial Dr. Recommended for ages 18 and over because of its graphic content, it will be followed by a 30-minute discussion.

In creating the film, Shore, who is director of outreach for Aish HaTorah International, said, “The Jewish people must know that we have every moral and legal right to be in Israel. It is my hope that ‘Relentless’ will help us all understand that a little more clearly,” according to an essay featured in the web site, www.aish.com.

Shore also hopes the film will inspire Jews to pro-Israel activism. “Follow up surveys show that 80 percent of attendees express a desire to get more involved in pro-Israel activism,” he wrote.

Using primary source video clips, the film begins with the Oslo Accords in 1993 “to examine … how the Accords unraveled in a surge of violence.” According to Shore, it reveals “a behind the scenes look at Palestinian politics and culture,” using footage from Palestinian television, religious sermons and political rallies.

Since its release a few months ago, Relentless has been shown at over 50 screenings in the United States, Canada, Israel, England, South Africa and Chile to over 10,000 people, according to Shore’s estimates.

The film was produced by HonestReporting, a watch group that scrutinizes the media for anti-Israel bias. According to the press release, HonestReporting has over 50,000 members worldwide.

For more information, visit www.honestreporting.com/relent less.

The local event is co-sponsored by Ohr HaTorah-Jewish Heritage Center, The Milwaukee Kollel-Center for Jewish Studies and AIPAC.

Tickets at $6 in advance, $8 at the door, are available at 1-888-883-4726 or www.discoveryproduction.com.