January/February 2003 Postcard

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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.