US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation Denounces MOU on Israeli Military Aid

August 17th, 2007

Washington, DC--The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today denounced yesterday's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Israel for the provision of $30 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

The agreement represents a 25% increase over the current U.S. annual military aid appropriation to Israel of $2.4 billion. Israel is already the largest recipient of U.S. military aid before the proposed increase.

Earlier this month, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched an advocacy campaign against the proposed increase in military aid to Israel. As of today, nearly 2,000 people have sent nearly 8,000 letters to Congress and the Bush Administration opposing this deal.

Instead of increasing military aid to Israel, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation calls on the Bush Administration and Congress to sanction Israel by cutting off military aid to it for its continued violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and U.S. Foreign Assistance Acts.

During Israel's attacks last summer upon civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation documented many instances of Israel using U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law and demanded that the Bush Administration and Congress hold Israel accountable for these violations of law. For additional details, click here.

Upon the signing of the MOU, Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, called upon Congress "to uphold the rule of law and sanction Israel for its repeated violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and U.S. Foreign Assistance Act. A country with such a poor human rights record as Israel should be sanctioned, not rewarded with more military aid."

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of nearly 250 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights and international law and end U.S. support for Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories.