A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
January/February 2003 Postcard
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DEAR SENATOR or REPRESENTATIVE:
Israel has quietly asked Washington for $4 billion in new military aid plus $10 billion in loan guarantees to bolster its economy. (That’s in addition to the $2.7 billion already earmarked for Israel in the 2003 U.S. foreign aid budget.) If your constituents knew that we are being asked once again to bail Israel out of a situation of its own making, they would be furious.
I know, and I am furious. At a time when our own economy is faltering we are being asked to bankroll Israel’s illegal policy of occupation and its brutal and wrong-headed war against the Palestinian people.
It is high time the United States placed conditions on aid to Israel. Until Israel agrees to obey international law by dismantling its illegal settlements and ending its 35-year occupation, please consider using American tax dollars to benefit another failing economy—our own.