Hold Israel Accountable to the US Arms Export Control Act
“Weapons Watch” is an ongoing program of the US Campaign to hold Israel accountable for the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians with weapons provided by the United States.
The US Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829) limits the use of U.S. weapons given or sold to a foreign country to “internal security” and “legitimate self-defense” and prevents their use against civilians. In 2005, U.S. taxpayers are providing Israel with $2.2 billion worth of arms. Israel often uses U.S. weapons in an external, offensive manner to prosecute its illegal 37 year-old military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Using U.S. weapons to enforce a foreign military occupation can never be justified as “internal security”.
When the US Campaign is able to document that the killing of Palestinian civilians by Israel was committed with U.S. weapons, it issues an action alert with specific information on the incident and mobilizes a nation-wide network of volunteers to collect petition signatures to Congress and the President calling for an investigation into Israeli violations of the US Arms Export Control Act and a halt in arms transfers to Israel until it complies with human rights standards and international law.
The US Campaign is seeking 100,000 petition signatures in 2005 to create a powerful nation-wide political movement to challenge ongoing arms transfers to Israel while it violates human rights and domestic laws with these weapons. Collecting petition signatures will also help your local organizations grow and become stronger.