Are you an advocate for peace with Justice in Palestine and Israel?
Watch this short video on U.S. weapons transfers to Israel. We speak with Middle East policy author and analyst Josh Ruebner, who discusses some things you should know in advocating to end U.S. military assistance to Israel.
Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. assistance since World War II, giving $236 billion in aid to Israel (adjusted for inflation), Ruebner explains. Every year, Israel receives $3.3 billion in foreign military financing from the U.S. In addition to getting more U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons than all other countries combined, Israel also is singled out for special treatment that makes this allocation even more valuable–it receives its allocation in unique circumstances and is able to spend the allocation on its own weapons industry.
Ruebner defines some of the terminology used to describe U.S. assistance, such as FMF (foreign military financing) and the “memoranda of understanding” (MOU) that is a long-term presidential pledge of weapons for Israel. He also details the laws that are supposed to protect human rights and regulate U.S. weapons transfers, including the “Foreign Assistance Act,” “Arms Export Control Act,” and “Leahy Laws.”
These weapons help enable the Israeli military to continue its occupation of the Palestinian territory and abuse Palestinian rights, says Ruebner. And we must work to change that.
Please share this video and learn more about U.S. military assistance and arms transfers to Israel. Then take action to send a message to your members of Congress.
- “Bringing Assistance to Israel in Line with Rights and U.S. Laws” by Josh Ruebner, Salih Booker, Zaha Hassan, May 12, 2021
- AFSC's Jehad Abusalim responds to House vote on $1 billion in additional military assistance to Israel (Twitter)
- 2012 Church leaders call for conditioning military aid to Israel
- Congressional Research Service Report on U.S. foreign aid to Israel
- U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, overview on military funding to Israel
- The Database of Israeli Military and Security Export (DIMSE) provides data on trade and use of Israeli military, security and police weapons and equipment as well as other services from the year 2000.
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