ACTION REQUESTED: Contact your Members of Congress and demand that they investigate Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act in the Jebaliya refugee camp and hold Israel accountable to the law. The United States must end military assistance to all countries that violate the Arms Export Control Act.
Contact the State Department and the White House and demand that they condemn Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act.
Send a message to Secretary of State Colin Powell by calling 202-647-4000 or visit http://contact-us.state.gov/ask_form_cat/ask_form_secretary.html
Send a message to President George Bush by calling 202-456-111, faxing 202-456-2461 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: On Thursday, September 30, the Israeli army invaded the Jebaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 23 Palestinians and wounding at least 108. In this invasion, Israel injured and killed Palestinian civilians with weapons provided by the United States.
* The Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829) limits the use of U.S. weapons given or sold to a foreign country to “internal security” and “legitimate self-defense”. U.S. weapons may not be used against civilians. Israel’s invasion of Jebaliya is part of an offensive military occupation to protect illegal settlements. The invasion involved the injuring and killing of civilians with U.S. weapons.
* Israel fired a shell from a tank that killed 7 Palestinians and wounded 23, among whom were civilians. Four of the injured were under the age of 14. In 2003, the State Department issued export licenses to Israel for tank components and spare parts valued at $38,143,300. The use of tanks with components and spare parts licensed by the State Department is subject to the restrictions of the Arms Export Control Act. Israel’s use of tanks in Jebaliya violates U.S. law.
* Israel used armored personnel carriers (APC’s) in its assault on Jebaliya. In 2003, the State Department issued export licenses to Israel for APC spare parts valued at $1,155,600. The use of APC’s with spare parts licensed by the State Department is subject to the restrictions of the Arms Export Control Act. Israel’s use of APC’s in Jebaliya violates U.S. law.
* The Israeli army used machine guns in its invasion of Jebaliya. In 2003, the State Department issued export licenses to Israel for 472 machines guns valued at $3,769,316. The use of machine guns licensed by the State Department is subject to the restrictions of the Arms Export Control Act. Israel’s use of machine guns in Jebaliya violates U.S. law.
* Israel destroyed 22 homes in Jebaliya with Caterpillar bulldozers. In 2003, the United States exported $14 million worth of bulldozers to Israel. Caterpillar has admitted that these bulldozers sales “are openly conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program,” making their use subject to the restrictions of the Arms Export Control Act. Israel’s use of bulldozers in Jebaliya violates U.S. law.
* Israel’s invasion of the Jebaliya refugee camp also violates international law. Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation in the Gaza Strip are “protected persons” according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits attacks against civilians. The United States cannot provide assistance to countries that violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. According to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-195), "No assistance may be provided under this part to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights”.
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