Join WILPF and and 100 Groups at Move Over AIPAC Gathering in DC

Obama meeting with Israeli Prime MinisterTell Your Congressperson to Stop Giving $3 billion in Military Aid to Israel every Year!

Join WILPF and and 100 other peace and justice groups, who have organized “ Move Over AIPAC”, a gathering in Washington, DC from May 21-24, 2011, to expose the American Israeli Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) lobby and build the vision for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East. WILPF works to abolish all war, and demands that US foreign policy in the Israeli/Palestinian region shift from a position of funding militarism and violence to a stance of advancing economic development, human rights for all, and sustainable and inclusive peace.

Israeli/Palestinian culture and history resides in the heart of our civilization. Conflict in this region brings about destruction to our selves as human beings, while inflicting the ongoing terror and devastation of war. Despite the efforts of many Israelis and Palestinians citizens to make rapprochements with one another and create peace, the Israeli government has pursed a politics of occupation, murder, humiliation, siege and war supported by huge US subsidies in the form of foreign aid, including loans for arms sales. Hatred and violence in this region has been institutionally sustained, and must come to an end.

Israeli/Palestinian culture and history resides in the heart of our civilization. Conflict in this region brings about destruction to our selves as human beings, while inflicting the ongoing terror and devastation of war. Despite efforts of many Israelis and Palestinians citizens to make rapprochements with one another and create peace, the Israeli government has pursed a politics of occupation, murder, humiliation, siege and war supported by huge US subsidies in the form of foreign aid, including loans for arms sales.  Hatred and violence in this region has been institutionally sustained, and must come to an end. 

In 2007, the United States increased its military aid to Israel by over 25%, to an average of $3 billion per year for a ten-year period.  The increase in funding began in October 2008, as American aid to Israel was scheduled to end due to Israel’s “growing economy." The new foreign aid deal allowed Israel to spend 26.3 percent on arms from its own domestic defense industry, but required that the rest of the money be spent on American equipment.

In 2010, again the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved President Obama's request for $3 billion in military aid to Israel in the 2011 budget. Former aide of Israel Air Force, retired Major Eitan Ben Eliyahu, referred to the American sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightening II nuclear capable stealth fighter bombers to Israel a key test of the strength of US/ Israel relations.

Yet, Congress has not yet approved the appropriation.

US policy and federal aid increasingly fuels war and devastation to the region. This policy is maintained in part by the American Israeli Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) who has a key role in it. It is crucial that while there is still time, we call on AIPAC to move over towards a policy that could bring economic development and peace to the area and safety to its people. 

Tell your Congressperson to stop giving $3 billion in military aid to Israel a year! It’s time to bring our war dollars home and invest in rebuilding America, not in weapons manufacturers!  US Policy changes can end violence and promote justice. Convert “Swords into Plowshares " NOW and listen to women for a CHANGE!

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