Friday, July 29, 2011

Lower the Debt -- End U.S. Military Aid to Israel: 10 Things You Can Do!

As the President and Congress grapple with a formula to raise the debt-ceiling by next Tuesday to avert the United States defaulting on its loans, we offer this suggestion to our elected officials:

Lower the debt by ending U.S. military aid to Israel.


Click to check out our new site, weaponstoisrael.org
Above: Check out our new slideshow of unique billboards and public transit ads opposing military aid to Israel. Also read below to join next week's conference call where the organizers of these ads will explain how you can do this in your city!


We know that cutting off the $30 billion in weapons pledged to Israel from 2009 to 2018 won't solve our country's gargantuan $14.3 trillion debt crisis, but it sure would help.  From a moral and financial perspective, we cannot afford to provide Israel with the weapons it misuses to sustain its illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Here are 10 things you can do to advance our coalition's ongoing campaign to educate people in the United States about the true costs of arming Israel and mobilize them to end our country's military support for Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights:
1. Learn from experts how to place an ad in your community to oppose military aid to Israel. US Campaign member groups have purchased ads in at least nine U.S. cities. Find out how to make your city the next.  Join us for a conference call on Thursday, August 4, at 9:00 pm Eastern.  To join the call, dial (760) 569-7676 and use the access code 545802#. No RSVP needed.

2. Join more than 2,000 people in more than 800 cities and 49 states (come on North Dakota -- we know you're out there) who are educating and mobilizing people in their communities.  Sign up to receive an organizing packet in the mail.  It includes postcards, petitions, flyers, fact sheets and stickers -- everything you need to lay out your case.

3. Get your city council to pass a resolution opposing military aid to Israel.  Read our brand-new organizing how-to guide, download templates and resources, and let us help you publicize your campaign.  Fund community needs, not Israel's misdeeds!

4. Find out the staggering amount of money that people in your state, congressional district, county and city give in weapons to Israel and what that same amount could purchase instead for unmet needs like housing and health care.


Last night's demonstration at the White House
Above: Last night members of CODEPINK, a US Campaign member organization, held a banner in front of the White House: "NO U.S. TAX $$ FOR ISRAEL." Click image to enlarge.


5. Use the numbers on our website to write President Obama and your Members of Congress a letter opposing military aid to Israel. Urge them to redirect that money to unmet needs here at home.

6. Use those numbers to write a letter to the editor of your local paper or call in to your local talk show.  Reference a recent story on the debt-ceiling negotiations, and make the point that we could reduce our debt and improve our moral and financial standing by ending military aid to Israel.

7. Learn more about the prices and quantities of weapons transferred from the United States to Israel in the past decade (more than 670 million weapons!) and the devastating impact these weapons make on Palestinians living under Israel's brutal military occupation.

8. Sign up to arrange a local meeting with your Members of Congress during the August recess to discuss with them ending U.S. military aid to Israel and other policy issues.  We'll provide you with templates, suggested talking points, and memos for your meeting.

9. Help end U.S. military and diplomatic support for Israel that enables it to deny Palestinians their freedom and self-determination. Sign our petition telling the Obama Administration not to veto Palestinian UN membership.

10. Last, but not least "offset" the taxes you pay in weapons to Israel -- $21.59 for the average taxpayer this year -- by making a tax-deductible contribution to support our work to educate and organize even more people to end U.S. military aid to Israel.
Now more than ever, people in this country are concerned by the unsustainable level of government debt we are carrying.  Let's take action to educate, organize and mobilize to improve our country's financial and moral position by ending U.S. military aid to Israel

Thanks for taking action today!