Friday, February 26, 2010

Josh Ruebner at Huffington Post: U.S. Can't Afford Military Aid to Israel

US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner writes at Huffington Post:
"In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to "go through the budget line by line to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work." One week later, he sent his FY2011 budget request to Congress, which included a record-breaking $3 billion in military aid to Israel.

This requested increase in U.S. weapons to Israel -- part of a ten-year $30 billion agreement signed between the two countries in 2007 -- qualifies on both counts as a program that the United States can't afford and that doesn't work in establishing a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Data published recently by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation shows that U.S. military aid to Israel comes at a financial and moral price that this country cannot afford to pay. Its website reveals that this same $3 billion earmark for Israel could be used instead to provide more than 364,000 low-income households with affordable housing vouchers, or to retrain 498,000 workers for green jobs, or to provide early reading programs to 887,000 at-risk students, or to provide access to primary health care services for more than 24 million uninsured Americans."

Read the full article here, and check out How Much Aid to Israel? to find out how much tax money your state, county, city, and Congressional district are contributing in weapons to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians, and what that money could pay for in services instead.