Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's Going Mainstream! Military Aid to Israel Challenged

Take Action: Support Church Leaders’ Call to Investigate Israel’s Violations of U.S. Law


Earlier this month, 15 prominent church leaders sent Members of Congress an historic letter in which they decried “widespread Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinians.”

The church leaders wrote that “unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel has contributed to this deterioration, sustaining the conflict and undermining the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

We fully support their call for “an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act” and for the “withholding of military aid for non-compliance” with these laws.

This letter is huge
—our demand for accountability for Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons is now going mainstream!

Whether or not you identify with one of the denominations whose leaders signed the letter, please take a moment right now to thank the church leaders for their important letter to Congress.

We are proud to launch this petition in coordination with many faith-based member groups of the US Campaign and our friends at Kairos USA. 
Help us send a strong signal to these courageous church leaders that we support them in their efforts.

Also, please post this petition to your 
Facebook page and Tweet it! 

Pro-Israel organizations issued 
harsh denunciations against the church leaders who signed the letter and are trying to pressure them to rescind it by canceling an interfaith dialogue. 

We can’t let this “
interfaith bullying” succeed in stifling conversation about holding Israel accountable for misusing U.S. weapons to commit human rights abuses of Palestinians. Let’s show these church leaders that there are thousands of people from all backgrounds who support them!

Try as they might, however, to tamp down efforts to question the moral and financial implications of providing 
$30 billion of taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel from 2009 to 2018, pro-Israel organizations are losing the battle as activists are mounting successful public awareness campaigns to challenge U.S. complicity in Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

Despite months of efforts by local pro-Israel organizations in Chapel Hill, NC to cajole the city into censoring a year-long ad campaign paid for by the Church of Reconciliation as part of our national “Be On Our Side—End U.S. Military Aid to Israel” ad campaign, these ads are still running on 98 buses and generating a huge amount of conversation. Thanks to the ACLU of North Carolina for defending our right to freedom of speech in this great letter they sent the city council.

Also, recently, Louisville Students for Justice in Palestine put up this eye-catching billboard in Louisville, KY calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.
And, the Palestine Education Network placed these yard signs all over New Hampshire during the election season after being censored from advertising a similar message in the Manchester airport and in theater playbills.

Pro-Israel organizations attempt to censor our message and engage in “interfaith bullying” because 
we are right and the policies they advocate are wrong. We cannot afford the moral and financial costs of arming Israel any longer.

Let us know
 if you’d like to replicate these types of public awareness campaigns and we’ll put you in touch with the organizers, and be sure to sign up to receive an organizing packet in the mail filled with all the materials you’ll need to go out into your community to educate and organize people to end U.S. aid to Israel.


Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director

PS: The average taxpayer will give Israel $21 in weapons this year. You can “offset” this by making a tax-deductible donation to the US Campaign. Your support will strengthen our increasingly visible and successful campaign to end U.S. aid to Israel.

 Don’t forget to take a minute to sign the petition of support to the 15 church leaders who called on Congress to investigate Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons against Palestinians.