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We Are Having an Impact on Discourse and Policy!

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
December 6th, 2011

Now that the "super committee" has failed to produce a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit, across-the-board budget cuts could take effect in 2013.  While this could mean that funding to desperately needed social services is cut even further, every cloud has its silver lining.  



Poster #1 shows trade-off: school programs vs. weapons



Poster #2 shows trade-off: jobs vs. farm destruction



Poster #3 shows trade-off: housing vs. apartheid wall



Poster #4 shows trade-off: healthcare vs. more weapons

These impending cuts mean that Israel is scheduled to lose $250 million in U.S. military aid each year.  What's more, the Forward reports that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most influential of the organizations within the Israel lobby, has yet to publicly protest the cuts, because it "may fear a backlash if Israel is singled out for special treatment in the face of broad cuts favored by both Democrats and Republicans."

While we can't take credit for these automatic cuts in military aid to Israel, we most definitely can claim victory for helping to create a political environment in which AIPAC does not feel comfortable advocating to restore cuts in funding to Israel at a time when food will be literally taken from the mouths of the 20 percent of U.S. schoolchildren living under the poverty line who rely on school meals programs.

Find out more about the budgetary trade-offs involved in providing weapons to Israel on our newly redesigned website aidtoisrael.org and check out the moral implications of giving weapons to Israel at our site weaponstoisrael.org

No doubt that our long-standing campaign to end military aid to Israel is making crucial inroads to the mainstream discourse on Palestine/Israel. In September, a study by the Center for International and Strategic Studies concluded that U.S. military aid to Israel "needs to be rethought." In October, Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus stated that it is "time to examine the funding the United States provides to Israel."

Help us continue to shape the political landscape to end U.S. military aid to Israel by signing up today to educate and organize people in your community.

When you do so, you'll join more than 2,000 people in 49 states and more than 900 cities who have received an organizing packet with fact sheets, flyers, petitions, stickers, and more—everything you'll need to spark conversations in your community and identify more people who agree with us that we should be funding community needs, not Israel's misdeeds against the Palestinian people. 

And, for the first time, we're excited to include in these organizing packets this sharp-looking series of posters (shown at right) that illustrate the moral and economic costs of providing U.S. military aid to Israel. The four posters include a code scannable with your smartphone's camera, bringing you directly to a page where you can take action and get involved.

Whether or not you sign up for an organizing packet today, you can support our campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel by making your generous tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign. For a limited time, when you donate $50 or more, we'll send you a set of these brand new posters as our thanks to you for helping us to expand this campaign. 

Thank you for everything that you do to end U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid and to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support freedom, justice, and equality.


Don't forget to get your set of posters today by making your tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more. Your generous support in any amount will help us expand our educational and organizing campaign to end military aid to Israel.