Obama is expected to address a joint session of Congress and deliver a
“blueprint” for his FY2010 budget.
to the terms of a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) signed between the United States and Israel in 2007
and made public by the US Campaign, the President is expected to request $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel
there are growing indications that the Obama Administration is considering sanctioning Israel.According to a senior Israeli security
official in a Feb. 17 article in Ma’ariv,
Israel fears that Special
Envoy George Mitchell will convince the White House to cut military aid as a response to Israel’s
ongoing settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.A Feb. 15 Ha’aretz
article speculated that amounts available for U.S. loan guarantees to Israel would be
cut for the same reason.
Meanwhile, last Thursday, Sen. John
Kerry and Reps. Keith Ellison
and Brian Baird visited the occupied
Gaza Strip to assess the damage from Israel’s recent war and ongoing
siege.This was the first time any U.S. government official visited Gaza in more than three
years.After their visit, Ellison and
Baird released a strong press
had happened in our own country, there would be national outrage and an appeal for urgent assistance. We are glad that the Obama administration
acted quickly to send much needed funding for this effort but the arbitrary and unreasonable Israeli
limitations on food and repair essentials is unacceptable and indefensible.
People, innocent children, women and non-combatants, are going without water,
food and sanitation, while the things they so desperately need are sitting in
trucks at the border, being denied permission to go in.”
Keep up the momentum to hold Israel
accountable by taking action below. Keep contacting Pres. Obama even after his speech to Congress--he won't formally submit his FY2010 budget to Congress until April.
1. Encourage President Obama to sanction
Israel for its misuse of U.S.
a letter to the President today asking him to investigate Israel’s prior misuses of U.S. weapons
against Palestinians and to reconsider his anticipated request for additional
weapons in his upcoming budget.To send
your letter, please click
2. Thank Sen. Kerry and Reps. Ellison and Baird for visiting the occupied Gaza Strip.Contact these Members of Congress to
thank them for visiting Gaza to assess the
damage from Israel’s
war and ongoing siege, and be sure to thank Reps. Ellison and Baird for their strong
Sen. John Kerry: 202-224-2742
Rep. Brian Baird: 202-225-3536
Keith Ellison: 202-225-4755
3. Organize to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel in your community.Even as we begin to see glimmers of hope
that the United States is
considering changing its policy of unconditional support for Israel and
holding it accountable for its human rights abuses of Palestinians, we have to organize on a long-term, sustained basis
to make this happen.
Since February 2008, we have sent nearly 1,000
organizing packets to people and organizations all over the country to
educate and mobilize people in their communities to challenge military aid to Israel.Check out our Google map below showing the locations where people are organizing.
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Sign up today as
a volunteer organizer with us and we’ll send you an organizing packet complete with postcards, petitions, and fact