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Tell Congress: No Blank Check for Military Aid to Israel

May 2009

President Obama’s 2010 budget calls for $2.775 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel, an increase of $225 million compared to the 2009 budget.  Send a resounding message to Congress that this appropriation for military aid to Israel is unacceptable.

Israel has consistently misused U.S. weapons to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians and systematic violations of international law.  Some of those violations are documented every year in the State Department’s own human rights reports. Even more are documented by the United Nations and respected human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Israel is the world’s 25th wealthiest country according to the World Bank.  In the context of an economic crisis and two other costly U.S. wars being fought in the region, increasing foreign military aid to Israel makes no sense either politically or economically.

Contact members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees right now to tell them that we don’t want anymore of our tax dollars funding weapons that result in human rights violations.

During the Israeli military assault on Gaza this past December and January, the Israeli military killed nearly 1,200 non-combatants, many of them women and children, using U.S. weapons, including F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, as well as aviation jet fuel, all  paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

If you agree that U.S. foreign assistance programs should meet human needs, not underwrite human rights violations, please help make sure Congress hears us unequivocally saying “no blank check for military aid to Israel.”

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