Take Action: Oppose $2.55 Billion in Military Aid to Israel in FY2009

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Take Action: Oppose $2.55 Billion in Military Aid to Israel in FY2009

February 11, 2008

President Bush wants to spend your tax dollars wisely. Or so he claims. In his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, Bush stated that “Just as we trust Americans with their own money, we need to earn their trust by spending their tax dollars wisely. Next week, I’ll send you a budget that terminates or substantially reduces 151 wasteful or bloated programs”.

However, Bush’ FY2009 budget request to Congress includes $2.55 billion in military aid to Israel, a 9% increase over actual spending in FY2007. This increase in military aid is the first installment of a ten-year plan, signed by Israel and the United States in August, to increase military aid to Israel by 25%, totaling $30 billion over the next decade.

Since the deal was signed, you’ve sent more than 16,000 letters to the President and your Members of Congress opposing this military aid. To send your letter today, see below.

Not only is military aid to Israel a “wasteful or bloated” program in Bush’s language; it’s also illegal and immoral. It’s illegal because Israel uses this military aid in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act to commit human rights violations of Palestinians through its brutal military occupation and siege of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. It’s immoral because the Israeli siege and occupation of Palestinians—and the humanitarian crises they are causing—are enforced with U.S. weapons, making every single U.S. taxpayer an accessory to Israel’s crimes.

Rather than giving Israel military aid to continue its human rights violations of Palestinians, can you think of a better way for the President and Congress to spend $30 billion of your taxes over the next decade? If so, let them know by sending a letter below.

Even though Bush’s budget request includes an increase in military aid to Israel, the fight is far from over. The US Campaign will be challenging this military aid to Israel throughout the year and at every stage of the appropriations process.

To learn more about this year’s military aid request to Israel and how you can join the US Campaign to organize in your community to oppose military aid to Israel, please join us for a special telephone briefing with Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9PM Eastern. To RSVP and get the call-in information, please send an email to congress@endtheoccupation.org.

Stay tuned for future alerts and don’t forget to send your message today below.

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3 thoughts on “Take Action: Oppose $2.55 Billion in Military Aid to Israel in FY2009

  1. State-to-state “aid” and state-to-state sanctions usually beget the same results: more poverty, tyranny, and premature death for the people; more wealth, power, leverage, war, and therefore job security for the recipient state and its tyrants. This applies to food, medicine, and infrastructure too. People-to-people aid and non-corporate NGOs are great—no red tape, no taxation-without-representation, and no sadistic political leverage for tyrants and warlords. And State-to-people aid wouldn’t be so bad if the aid was received by the people, or if it at least aided them as intended. Imagine the scene that would break out if the starving and dying people and their doctors knew when and where the “aid” was going to arrive in their country. Or if they did know, try to imagine a scene where the recipient state doesn’t deploy a huge police force to suppress the people and keep them from the “aid” until the state procured it prior to divvying it out. Imagine the state protecting those people from the warlords and local henchmen for the state who usually get first dibs on the “aid.” It just doesn’t happen; if it did, then perhaps a lot of humanitarian crises would’ve been averted. It could be different: it could be truly humanitarian and successful. But sadly, government crooks refuse to alter their profiteering techniques no matter how obviously busted they are for fraud. Of course the UN is not much better. And finally: I don’t recall having the opportunity to vote either way on such uses of my money. Charity is a voluntary act: it assumes that you—not the state—own the potential “aid” (cash, credit, food, guns, tanks) prior to giving or lending; yet, the state takes money from me, you, SS funds, etc., to pay for the unlawful act, as though it belonged to the state all along. Amazingly, the inherent illicitness is never seriously challenged. It’s inhuman to the American people and to the people who suffer overseas as a result. This is why I oppose almost all foreign aid—especially military and financial aid to Israel, S. Arabia, and Pakistan. (Man, do I have an earful for D.C. Thanks for the heads-up, Marcy. I can’t wait to let ’em have it [politely].)

  2. I recall being in a meeting at a club for businessmen more than twenty years ago and we had some experts (so called) on the US budget, in to give us facts about federal budget and allocations to foreign governments. I use one quote from that meeting whenever it’s appropriate: “every (dollar) that leave the United States know where its going and who will receive it when it returns.” My understandings are the people allocating money is merely funding themselves, they friends and associates.

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