Action Alert: U.S. Weapons Delivered to Israel as Tax Day Nears

April 8th, 2009

Last week, our friends at Amnesty International revealed that on March 22 the United States delivered more than 300 containers of munitions to Israel. To read the full story, click here.

This weapons delivery occurred despite the fact that Amnesty International reports that the United States is reviewing Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons during “Operation Cast Lead” in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. To download our fact-sheet about Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons in Gaza, click here.

During its December-January war on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel killed 1,417 Palestinians, of whom 926 were civilians and 255 were non-combatant police officers, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. For additional details about Palestinian casualties, click here.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the National Lawyers Guild have all published reports documenting Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons during its recent war on Gaza.

Yet, on top of the outrageous news that the United States delivered more weapons to Israel last month, President Obama is expected to request later this month $2.775 billion more in weapons for Israel in his detailed FY2010 budget request.

As Tax Day approaches, consider the fact that this amounts to $17.75 for each of the approximately 156 million individuals who filed a tax return with the IRS last year.

Is this how you want to see your tax dollars spent? If not, then take action below.

TAKE ACTION

1. Contact President Obama to protest U.S. munitions deliveries to Israel and urge him to hold Israel accountable for its violations of the Arms Export Control Act. Send your personalized message to the President today by clicking here.

2. Offset your tax-dollars to Israeli military occupation by making a tax-deductible contribution to us. Whether you like it or not, if you pay taxes then you’re supporting Israeli military occupation. Offset your tax contribution to Israeli military occupation of $17.75 and those of others by making a tax-deductible contribution to help us continue our important educational and organizing work to challenge U.S. military to Israel. To learn more and offset your tax-dollars to Israeli military occupation, click here.

For a limited time, we’ll send you our new “Yes We Can…End Military Aid to Israel” stickers with each offset donation. Plus, offset the contribution of five people or more ($88.75) and we’ll send you a copy of the award-winning documentary Occupation 101. To learn more and donate, click here.

3. Organize to challenge military aid to Israel in your community on Tax Day.
Join us our growing network of more than 1,150 volunteer organizers in 48 states (c’mon Nevada and North Dakota, we’re still hoping you’ll join us!). Check out our amazing Google map of local organizers, get ideas for what you can do to organize on Tax Day, and sign up to receive your organizing packet by clicking here.

Sign up by 9AM Eastern on Thursday, April 9 to receive your organizing packet in time for Tax Day. You can still request an organizing packet after the deadline; we just won’t be able to guarantee you’ll get it prior to April 15. To get your organizing packet, click here.

4. Learn more about U.S. military aid to Israel and its deadly impact on Palestinians.
We’ve posted links to reports from other organizations, which you can access by clicking here.