Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ask the State Department about US Support for Israeli Oppression

Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, will hold a discussion with Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, on August 21, 2013. The conversation is meant to highlight the Department's efforts to advance U.S. national security by working with partners in priority countries to break cycles of violent conflict, strengthen civilian security, and mitigate crisis.  

They are inviting people to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Below are some sample questions to submit via Twitter asking the State Department how the United States plans on breaking cycles of violent conflict while it sends military aid to Israel to oppress Palestinians.  

If you are not on Twitter, you can submit via DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.

  • If U.S. wants to break cycles of violence #AskAmbBarton, then why are we giving $30 billion in weapons to Israel? @EngageState
  • Don't you think US should "mitigate crisis" #AskAmbBarton by stopping U.S. taxpayer weapons to Israel to oppress Palestinians? @EngageState
  • Why do Palestinian civilians have to die #AskAmbBarton b/c of weapons we give to Israel? Aren't we complicit in their deaths? @EngageState
  • Won't Obama's negotiating of $40 billion in more weapons to Israel #AskAmbBarton only prolong its subjugation of Palestinians? @EngageState
  • How can US support Israeli-Palestinian peace #AskAmbBarton when we give weapons to Israel to occupy/colonize Palestinian land? @EngageState