We’ve just learned that
the House and Senate committees which have jurisdiction over foreign aid will
be voting soon on military aid to Israel for FY2009.
The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees
on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will “mark-up” the foreign
aid bill on July 16 and 17,
respectively, which includes the President’s request for $2.55 billion in
Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel.
Since the United States
and Israel signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in August 2007 to increase military aid to $30 billion over the next decade,
together we’ve done a lot of good work to challenge military aid to Israel;
however, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and do a lot more in order to get it cut
Even though Hamas and Israel
agreed upon a truce last week, Israel
continues to use U.S.
weapons everyday to enforce a brutal and illegal military occupation and siege
on Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem,
and the Gaza Strip, in violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and
Foreign Assistance Act.
As the Appropriations Subcommittees prepare to vote
on the foreign aid budget for FY2009, we ask all of our member groups and supporters
to get involved and help us challenge military aid to Israel.
a personal letter to each Member of Congress on these subcommittees.
Each Member of Congress on these subcommittees has already received more than
6,500 letters opposing military aid to Israel—that’s almost 200,000 total letters! But clearly it’s not enough because none of
them have yet publicly questioned military aid to Israel. So we need to keep those letters coming. Send yours right now by clicking
2. Have your organization
endorse our sign-on letter to these subcommittees. To date, nearly 350
organizations from 40 states plus Washington, DC and groups of U.S. citizens abroad have signed
the letter. Help us get 500 organizational endorsements calling
on Congress to cut off aid to Israel
before the committees vote on the foreign aid budget. To view the letter and endorsing
organizations and to add your organization’s endorsement, please click here.
3. Sign up for an
organizing packet to challenge military aid to Israel in your community. So far, we’ve sent nearly 250 packets to
volunteer organizers in 40 states. The
organizing packets include postcards, petitions, and fact sheets—everything you
need to educate and organize people in your community to challenge military aid
to Israel. Sign up today so that we can get you a packet
in time for you to collect signatures and get them back to us before the
committees vote next month. To become a
military aid organizer, sign up by clicking here.
4. Schedule a meeting
with your Members of Congress for the August recess. Representatives and Senators will be in their
home districts and states during August to meet with constituents. This is a perfect opportunity for you and/or
your organization to form a delegation and talk to your Members of Congress
about your opposition to military aid to Israel. Sign up to coordinate meetings with your
Members of Congress by clicking here.
For those of you who haven’t requested a meeting with your Members of Congres
before, we’ve got instructions on how to do it posted here along
with some tips on how to conduct the meeting posted here. We’ll have additional materials ready for
your August recess meetings soon, but in the meantime sign up to coordinate a
meeting and start working on getting it scheduled by clicking here.
5. Save the
date—July 14—as a national call-in day. We’ve tentatively marked down July 14 as the date for a national call-in
day to Congress to oppose military aid to Israel. More details to follow—stay tuned!