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For Immediate Release: March 11th, 2008

300+ Organizations Call for Cutting Off Military Aid to Israel

Washington, DC - The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation delivered today a letter signed by more than 300 U.S.-based organizations to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs calling upon the subcommittee to cut off military aid to Israel for its repeated violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts.

The letter, which was signed by 25 national organizations and local organizations from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. citizens living abroad, was delivered to the Appropriations Subcommittee one day prior to its hearing, featuring testimony from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the FY2009 international affairs budget.

The President's FY2009 budget request includes $2.55 billion in military aid to Israel, a proposed 9% increase over actual spending in 2007. This is the proposed first installment of a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding to increase military aid to Israel by 25%, totaling $30 billion by FY2018.

According to Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, "Israel continuously uses weapons supplied by the United States and paid for by U.S. taxpayers to enforce its brutal and illegal military occupation and siege on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem. These weapons are being used to commit massive human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts. The Appropriations Subcommittee must sanction Israel for its illegal uses of U.S. weapons and cut off military aid, not increase it."

The full text of the letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee, along with the list of endorsing organizations, can be viewed by clicking here.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 250 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality for all. For more information on the US Campaign, please click here.