Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Help the U.S. Stop Israeli Settlements

An article in today's online edition of the Haaretz Israeli newspaper is reporting that senior U.S. officials are expressing their anger with Israeli construction plans in East Jerusalem:
"Washington is furious over the Interior Ministry's anticipated approval of a plan to build a new hotel in East Jerusalem, just 100 meters from the Old City's walls. The plan, which would see the demolition of a wholesale market and kindergarten, is slated to be approved today."
And Mondoweiss today features video from Max Blumenthal in East Jerusalem, reporting on settler activity. In meetings last week with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Obama Administration again made its position on Israeli settlements crystal clear. While tough words on settlements are certainly appreciated, words by themselves are unlikely to produce a change in Israel's behavior without corresponding action on the part of the United States. If the United States wants to see Israel stop the expansion of settlements, then it should cut off or, at the very minimum, conditions its military aid to Israel until this and other policy goals are met. Find out how to make this happen by clicking here.