Friday, June 5, 2009

Palestinian demonstrator killed--your tax dollars at work

The International Solidarity Movement is reporting that the Israeli army shot and killed a demonstrator in the West Bank village of Ni'lin today.

The army shot 36 year old Yousef Akil Srour in the chest with .22 caliber live ammunition while he was participating in the weekly demonstration against the construction of the apartheid Wall. He died before reaching the hospital.

Another 4 demonstrators were shot with live ammunition today in Ni'lin, including 15 year old Mohammad Mouslah Mousa.

Read the full story here.

In FY2001-2006, the U.S. provided $2,515,080 worth of .22-.50 caliber ammunition to Israel--26.619,524 bullets. In FY2007, the U.S. provided $4,181,378 in ammunition--28,672,145 bullets (the State Department changed their practice for publishing weapons sales data from 2006 to 2007 to no longer include a breakdown of ammunition by caliber, so the comparison is not exact).

The Israeli army uses small caliber live ammunition to wound and kill unarmed demonstrators. Is this what you want done with your tax money?

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