Thursday, December 17, 2009

US Campaign member group rep: "Settlements, attacks drive out Palestinians"

Check out this great op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette Online from Sarah McDonald, who works with US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. McDonald was one of the CPT members who was attacked by Israeli settlers recently. Here, she comments on the contrast between settler violence and rhetoric about settlements in the United States:
"These attacks are a systemic effort to push Palestinians off the land...When Palin insists that the Obama administration has no right to “tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand,” she also ignores a direct relationship between U.S. and Israeli policies. Israel is the largest annual recipient of U.S. economic and military assistance, receiving at least $7 million per day in military aid. This gives the U.S. administration — and every U.S. taxpayer—the right and the responsibility to investigate and to speak out about what Israel does with that money."
Read the full article here. Click here to speak out about what Israel does with U.S. military aid. To find a US Campaign member group near you, click here. And click here to learn about upcoming member group events in a community near you.