Monday, December 21, 2009

This isn't what accountability looks like

Last week we asked an important question: "What does accountability for human rights abuses and violations of international law look like?"
Well, here's what it doesn't look like, from The Forward:
"Leaders in Washington and Jerusalem have publicly locked horns over the issue of West Bank settlements. And Israeli public opinion has largely viewed America’s new administration as unfriendly. But behind the scenes, strategic security relations between the two countries are flourishing....Among the new initiatives taken by the administration, the Forward has learned, are adjustments in a massive arms deal the Bush administration made with Arab Gulf states in response to Israeli concerns. There have also been upgrades in U.S.-Israeli military cooperation on missile defense. And a deal is expected next year that will see one of the United States’ most advanced fighter jets go to Israel with some of America’s most sensitive new technology."
Read the full article here.
So while settlements continue to expand, Gaza continues to suffer under siege, and Israel continues to imprison (often without charge) leaders of nonviolent resistance to the occupation, the U.S. taxpayer continues to fund Israel's military-industrial complex. That's not just a lack of accountability--it's the opposite of accountability.
Demand accountability--meet with your Members of Congress during the winter recess and let them know that you've got plenty of better things to spend tax money on than rewarding Israel for violations of Palestinian human rights.