Over $3bn in US aid to Israel in FY2012

The AIPAC-bought Congress continues to hand over American money — surely needed at home when unemployment is at over 10%, a lot of infrastructure failing and poverty rising — to Israel, a country that defies US demands, breaks international law, and continues encroaching on Palestinian land.

From the US Campaign to End the Occupation:

Obama Gives Israel Too Much Love in Valentine’s Day Budget

(Washington, DC) February 14 -- The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today criticized the Obama Administration for giving Israel "too much love" in its FY2012 budget request to Congress. The budget request, delivered today to Capitol Hill, contains a record-breaking $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel. 

"With the United States facing an ongoing budget deficit and an unsustainable debt, it is difficult to believe that President Obama would actually request an increase in U.S. military aid to Israel," stated Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, "especially given the fact that Israel misuses U.S. military aid to commit systematic human rights abuses of Palestinians in violation of the Arms Export Control Act."

Ruebner added that "Now is the time -- with the U.S.-backed 'peace process' in tatters and Israel continuing to illegally colonize Palestinian land -- to end, rather than increase, U.S. weapons transfers to Israel."

Last month on CNN, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for ending U.S. military aid to Israel, an idea endorsed by the Israeli think tank Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) and Israeli journalist Ran Dagoni writing in Globes.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a multi-year campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel.  On its interactive web site, www.aidtoisrael.org, users can view how much money their cities, counties, Congressional districts and states provide in military aid to Israel, and determine how much health care, education, housing and jobs training this money could purchase instead.


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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.