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Really, President Obama…$40 Billion More Weapons for Israel?

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
April 15th, 2013


This Tax Day, #DemandARefund

Last Wednesday, President Obama released his 2014 budget request, which includes $3.1 billion in military aid for Israel, plus $316 million for joint U.S.-Israeli anti-missile systems.

This level of support for Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians is bad enough. Unfortunately though it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what Obama is planning as his legacy of largesse for Israel.

Last month in Jerusalem, Obama pledged to extend U.S. military aid to Israel well beyond his presidency, with one report noting that his administration is opening negotiations to give Israel up to $40 billion in U.S. taxpayer-financed weapons through 2028! [1]

Not if we can help it! Today, Tax Day, #DemandARefund.

Join us and US Campaign member groups the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, and Jewish Voice for Peace in opposing President Obama’s plan to give Israel $40 billion more of U.S. taxpayer money for weapons to oppress Palestinians.

This plan is even more outrageous now that the effects of the sequestration are denying cancer-fighting drugs to Medicare patients and Obama is proposing to cut Social Security. 

How is it possible that we supposedly don’t have money to take care of our senior citizens, but we do have ever-increasing amounts of money to give Israel for weapons?

We couldn’t help noticing  that tonight begins Israel’s celebration of its independence. After 65 years, we believe it’s time for Israel to stop being dependent on the U.S. taxpayer to implement its apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

In addition to signing our petition to President Obama opposing his terrible plan to give Israel $40 billion in weapons, this Tax Day you can also:

Post our Tax Day infographic on your Facebook page and tell us why you demand a refund of the taxes you give in weapons to Israel.

Tweet why you #DemandARefund of the taxes you give in weapons to Israel.

Send this sample tweet by clicking Tweet Now

This #TaxDay, I #DemandARefund for weapons we give to Israel because... www.demandarefund.org (Tweet Now)

We’ve got lots more sample tweets for you to send by clicking here and be sure to follow @US_Campaign for more tweets throughout the day.

“Offset” the taxes you give in weapons to Israel by making a tax-deductible donation to the US Campaign to support our work to end U.S. military aid to Israel. In 2013, the average taxpayer will give Israel $21.29 in weapons!

Learn more about why we should end U.S. military aid to Israel.

Find out how much your community currently provides in weapons for Israel. Check out newly-launched ad campaign with Visualizing Palestine opposing U.S. aid to Israel. Read our policy paper on ending U.S. aid to Israel and much more. 

Thank you for taking action this Tax Day to oppose President Obama’s outrageous plan to give Israel $40 billion in additional U.S. weapons.


Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director

[1] Barbara Opell-Rome, "U.S.-Israel to Negotiate Military Aid Extension," Defense News, March 24, 2013.