Tuesday, June 16, 2009

40 National Orgs. Tell Congress, "Freeze Military Aid to Israel Until Israel Freezes Settlements"

Washington, DC - As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs prepares to mark-up the FY2010 budget tomorrow, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sent today an open letter to subcommittee members calling on them to cut off or, at the minimum, condition military aid to Israel to achieve U.S. policy goals. Nearly 40 prominent national organizations and more than 150 local organizations in 32 states have signed this open letter opposing President Obama's FY2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel. The letter, which can be read in full here, comes in the midst of the Obama Administration's demand that the Israeli government freeze all settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a precondition for peace talks. The letter argues that military aid to Israel should at the very least be conditioned on Israel's "progress toward achieving the President's stated goals of ending the siege of the Gaza Strip, ending all settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and engaging in a credible negotiating process that results in a just and lasting peace." To read the entire release, click here.