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For Immediate Release: February 6th, 2009

Weapons Transfers to Israel Discussed on Capitol Hill



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Washington, DC -- The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation released today video of a Capitol Hill policy briefing it conducted earlier in the week on the effect of Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons against Palestinian civilians.

The briefing is entitled, "Armed and Dangerous: Weapons Transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration," and can be viewed on-line by clicking here.

The policy briefing featured:

* Rep. Dennis Kucinich who spoke about his request for the State Department to investigate Israel's possible violations of the Arms Export Control Act;

* Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, who presented the US Campaign's research on arms transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration and their effect on Palestinian civilians; and

* Amr Shurrab, a young Palestinian from Khan Younis in the occupied Gaza Strip, who related his heart-breaking story of the death of his two brothers at the hands of the Israeli military just a few weeks ago

The video was released into the public domain and can be re-broadcast without restriction. To view the policy briefing, please click here. To download the PowerPoint presentation accompanying the briefing, please click here.

The policy briefing was part of a national grassroots lobbying day organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Approximately 170 citizen lobbyists from 26 states held nearly 70 meetings with their Members of Congress to discuss recent events in the occupied Gaza Strip and U.S. military aid to Israel. For additional details on the lobbying day, please click here.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 250 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. Additional information about the organization can be found by clicking here.