Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Oppose $30 Billion in Military Aid to Apartheid Israel

To whom it may concern:

I oppose the proposed ten-year agreement between the United States and Apartheid Israel for $30 billion in U.S. military aid to Apartheid Israel. This military aid package, amounting to $3 billion per year, represents a 25% increase over the current U.S. annual military aid appropriation to Apartheid Israel of $2.4 billion. Apartheid Israel is already the largest recipient of U.S. military aid before the proposed increase.

Rather than increasing military aid, the United States should sanction Apartheid Israel by cutting off military aid to it for its continued violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and U.S. Foreign Assistance Acts.

The U.S. Arms Export Control Act prohibits foreign countries from using U.S. weapons against civilians or civilian infrastructure and limits their use to 'legitimate self-defense' or for 'internal security.' The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act states that 'no assistance may be provided under this part [of the law] to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights'.

Rather than use U.S. military aid for 'legitimate self-defense' or 'internal security,' Apartheid Israel relies upon it to prosecute its illegal 40-year old foreign military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip as well as it's altogether illegitimate existence. 'Gross violations of internationally recognized human rights' against Palestinians living under Apartheid Israel’s illegal military occupation have been well-documented by numerous Palestinian, 'Israeli,' U.S., and international human rights organizations, as well as by the U.S. government.

I urge you to take action to uphold the laws of the United States and hold Apartheid Israel accountable for its violations of U.S. law rather than provide it with additional military aid.

Thanking you in advance,
Zahra Billoo
San Francisco, CA

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