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For Immediate Release: December 27th, 2008

Experts Available to Discuss U.S. Role in Israeli Attack on Gaza

Washington, DC-The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is making experts available for interviews to discuss Israel's attack today on the Gaza Strip and the U.S. role in it.

Phyllis Bennis, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a Steering Committee member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, stated:

"Israeli Air Force attacks today on the occupied Gaza Strip killed an estimated 200 or more people and injured hundreds more. These Israeli attacks come on top of a brutal siege of the Gaza Strip, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe of dire proportions for its 1.5 million Palestinian residents by Israel's restrictions on access to food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and other necessities of life.  The United States remains complicit in Israeli violations of U.S. and international law through its continual provision of military aid. The U.S. is also complicit through its protection of Israel in the United Nations, which prevents Israel from being held accountable by the international community."

Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, stated:

"While the scope of civilian casualties in today's attacks is not yet clear, it is unmistakable that Israel carried out these attacks with F16 fighter jets and missiles provided to it by the taxpayers of this country. From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel. Last year, the United States signed a $1.3 billion contract with Raytheon to transfer to Israel thousands of TOW, Hellfire, and "bunker buster" missiles. In short, Israel's lethal attack today on the Gaza Strip could not have happened without the active military and political support of the United States."

Earlier today, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation issued an emergency action alert protesting Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip and calling for an immediate ceasefire. The alert can be viewed by clicking 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. For additional information, please click here.