Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Local Human Rights Group in Albany, NY Posts Billboard to Stop Military Aid

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2013

Local Human Rights Group Posts Billboard to Stop Military Aid

New Billboard and Web Site say unconditional aid to Israel deterrent to peace, harmful to both U.S. and Israel. Endorsements arrive.

Contact: Mary Folsom mfolsom@aol.com 

What: Billboard

Who: Sponsored by the NYS Coalition to Stop 30 Billion, a grassroots collection of peace and human rights activists http://stop30billionnys.org/

Where: Billboard is located on Fuller Road, between Cherry Street and Dorlyn Road, visible when travelling on Fuller from Central Avenue toward Washington Avenue.

How: Billboard is funded by donations.

Why: Because unconditional aid to Israel siphons funds from domestic use, and supports hard-line Israeli factions, thwarting a just peace.

Endorsements: The coalition has received the following statements endorsing the Board and its message:

“The billboard and web site communicate that huge grants of aid to Israel, unique in international affairs, are harmful to prospects for peace in a region in turmoil and encourage elements in Israel that are most dangerous – to its own future as well. They are also an outlandish drain the US budget, depleting funds need for constructive purposes, at home and abroad. They are a scandal that should be ended.”

Professor Noam Chomsky – Nationally known author, speaker, and political expert

"By placing a billboard in Albany calling on the United States to end $30 billion of taxpayer-financed weapons to Israel, Stop $30 Billion--New York State is providing a valuable resource to people in New York, educating them about how our tax dollars could be better spent on unmet community needs rather than on enabling Israel's oppression of Palestinians."

Josh Ruebner - National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

“I support the billboard calling for no military aid to Israel. Israel has not only continually violated the rights of the Palestinian people but has attacked it’s neighboring states, maintains nuclear weapons yet has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and today pushes for war with Iran and Syria.”

Joe Lombardo - Co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition http://unacpeace.org/

“Sending $30,000,000,000 of our money as military aid to a country with the 10th most powerful military in the world may seem like a good idea to politicians looking for campaign contributions from members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But to Americans who are struggling to feed their families here at home or who care about health crises in less developed countries, it sends a message of indifference towards people who are in genuine need of help.

Paul Rehm, Christian Peacemaker Teams reservist