by Susan Abulhawa
With 400 Palestinians
killed and over 10,000 wounded (most of them severely), the Israeli
lobby is requesting a new pile of American tax dollars ($450 million)
for 'emergency aid.' Part of this money is being requested to
compensate Israel for withdrawing from a 20 year occupation of
Israel invaded Lebanon,
used the world banned cluster bombs to kill 20,000 civilians (stories
that would make your skin crawl), destroyed the countries
infrastructure and occupied its people for two decades. Now they
want to be compensated for finally obeying international law and
getting out of land where they have no business being? If anyone
ought to be compensated, it's the Lebanese people. At any rate,
its not the responsibility of the American tax payer to pay up.
Israel is an outlaw state
in violation of numerous UN Resolution and various tenets of
international laws. Congress should stop behaving as though we're some
kind of Israeli colony bowing to her every whim.
Israel, whose population
is 0.1% of the total world population gets roughly one-third of all US
foreign aid. In addition to the $5,000,000,000 in aid, Israel
enjoys the benefits of a whole lot more US tax payer money. For
example, there are special "gifts" like the Arrow Missile
and Levi Fighter, totaling $1.3 billion. Tax payers must also
pay interest on money borrowed for Israel's grants-- about $500
million per year. Private donations to Israel are tax-deductible
and total about $1 billion annually. This does not include the
Israeli bonds sold in the US for $500 million each year.
Despite US restrictions on
using money to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land, Israel
has spent hundreds of millions of our dollars importing Jews from
across the world, confiscating Palestinian land and demolishing their
homes to make way for brand new settlements for the new arrivals.
That's not all. The
US also pays Egypt $2.1 billion/year for signing a peace treaty with
Israel and is asked to pay umpteen billions of tax payer dollars every
time Israel notions that is will consider a pull-back from occupied
territories. For example, during peace talks with Syria, Israel
demanded that the US foot a bill of $17 billion for its withdrawal
from the Golan Heights, where it has illegally been occupying Syrian
land and stealing Syrian resources for over 33 years. Basically,
the US taxpayers have to pay Israel in order for Israel to obey
international law and respect the sovereignty of other nations.
At the same time Congress
cut the welfare budget by $5.3 billions, aid to Israel that year was
$5.2 billion. Indeed, as filmmaker Tom Hayes said: "from
the mouths of America's poor onto the necks of Palestinians."
The so called "peace
process" is sure to cost us yet more tens of billions of
dollars in payment for Israel's insatiable appetite for Arab soil and
its unrelenting thievery of other's resources. Try getting an
iota of that money for your state. You're lucky if you can hold
onto school lunch programs.
Of course, some of that
money trickles back to the US in the form of campaign funding.
These campaign "donations" account for Israel's power over
US foreign policies.
So, what has Israel done
Israel has spied on the
US. By the way, a contribution to the 'free Jonathan Pollard'
fund is tax deductible. According to the CIA, Israel commits
industrial espionage against American businesses. They have
exported sensitive US technology to other countries, some of which
are potentially hostile to the U.S., in direct contravention of U.S.
In 1967 Israel attacked
the USS Liberty killing 34 American crewmen and wounding 171.
Despite thirty three years of unrelenting pleas from the survivors
of that ship, Congress will not afford our servicemen the decency of
an investigation and has refused to hold a Congressional hearing for
an act of aggression against Americans in a time of peace despite
astounding evidence. Maybe they will when there are no more
survivors to speak and the only testimonies will come from
Israel has a healthy
economy and gets piles of money and other aid from Germany every
year. If this US-Israel marriage is indeed in our best
interest then why do they need such a strong well-funded lobby in
Continuing to be the
lone veto that keeps the international community from investigating
Israel's breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention cannot possibly be
in our best interest. Patting Israel on the back while the
rest of the world condemns it's flagrant violations of human rights
does not mesh with the principles on which this country was founded.
Retired Navy Admiral,
Thomas Moorer, was quoted in a book by Paul Findley, former
congressman from Illinois, as saying "I've never seen an
president- I don't care who he is- stand up to [the Israelis].
It just boggles your mind*.If the American people understood what a
grip those people have got on our government, they would rise up in
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