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Churches In U.S. Call On Government To Review Aid To Israel

By Saed Bannoura | IMEMC & Agencies | October 12, 2012

Israeli Radio reported that 15 church organizations in the United States issued a statement calling on the United States to review the financial aid to Israel, and to question its unconditional financial assistance to the country, adding that this unconditional aid will not help improve the situation but will only sustain the status quo of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Churches said that the U.S. Congress must hold Israel accountable for its actions by placing a condition that the U.S military aid to Israel should depend on Israel’s compliance with the laws and policies of the United States.

The call caused controversy while former official of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), MJ Rosenberg, wrote an angry column nearly describing the 15 Church organizations as “anti-Semites”.

He added that American Jewish organizations are furious with the call to evaluate the aid.

The Churches did not call for boycotting Israel but asked the Congress to reconsider the [annual] $3.5 Billion of U.S. aid to Israel, and said that U.S. Congress members should determine each year, before sending the aid, whether Tel Aviv is violating U.S. laws and principles.

The Churches said that Christian leaders have the responsibility to question the continuation of this unconditional aid to Tel Aviv, adding that achieving a long and lasting peace in the region requires accountability.

Angered by the statement, AIPAC said that it rejects the evaluation of the aid, and accused the signatories of the letter of distancing themselves from the “mainstream values”.

They said that protecting the Israeli American relations is a wise investment America makes to protect its people and interests in the region.

October 12, 2012 - Posted by | Militarism, Wars for Israel | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Wonder what Rachel Corrie would say ?

    Comment by Anthony Clifton | October 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. Under the Symington Amendment of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, Israel is not entitled to one penny of US taxpayer support, because – as has been validated by both former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former US President Carter, that Israel has nuclear weapons, but will not be a signatory to the NNPT, nor will it allow IAEA inspection of their facilities.

    Comment by Arminius | October 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Israel is a sovereign nation… Therefore it alone decides whether it wishes to join any international treaties (such as the NPT)… As long as Israel hasn’t joined the NPT it’s not required to allow IAEA inspection of their facilities…

      As for these church organizations, I note that they have nothing to say about other US aid recipients (e.g. Egypt) where local Christians (and other minorities) are being discriminated against…

      Comment by Bambi | October 12, 2012 | Reply

      • Typical zionist tactic, when you can’t win with facts, change the subject. No one has claimed Egypt has nuclear weapons.

        Comment by ruby22-kate | October 12, 2012 | Reply

      • Oh Bambi – thank you so much for pointing out the intransigence of the Jewish state. It is true – clearly the Jewish people do not feel that they have to follow the moral norms of the family of nations.

        Comment by JohnJ | October 12, 2012 | Reply

  3. 3.5 billion? Or 70 billion?

    Comment by JG | October 12, 2012 | Reply

    • 3.5 billion is a little over the annual aid… 70 billion is a meaningless number in this context…

      Comment by Bambi | October 12, 2012 | Reply

  4. GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Jay Colbe | October 12, 2012 | Reply


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