Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Media Release: Tax Day Events Highlight Cost of U.S. Military Aid to Israel

Washington, DC — On Tax Day, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a national day of action to highlight the ways in which U.S. tax money is misused by the Israeli military to violate international law and Palestinian human rights. Events will be held at post offices across the United States, including in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and the Bay Area, as well as at the Washington, DC headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in order to educate taxpayers about the role that U.S. military aid plays in maintaining Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. A full list of events can be found here. From 2009-2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel--the largest recipient of U.S. assistance--$30 billion in military aid. Through its illegal 42-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, Israel misuses U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, destroy Palestinian civilian infrastructure, blockade the Gaza Strip, and build illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. “On Tax Day, activists across the country will be educating last-minute tax filers that Israel is misusing their hard-earned money to colonize Palestinian land, entrench its illegal military occupation of Palestinian territory, and commit human rights abuses against Palestinian civilians,” stated Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. “Given that important needs such as infrastructure, health care, affordable housing, and education are all under-funded in this country, there are much better uses toward which we can put our tax dollars than giving Israel billions of dollars of weapons every year,” Ruebner added. U.S. taxpayers can learn how much money their state, Congressional district, county, and city contribute in U.S. military aid to Israel, as well as what this money could have provided instead for unmet domestic needs at: The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 325 organizations working to change to U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. For more information about the US Campaign, please click here.