That extra $1 billion in military aid to Israel that Congress came together to earmark in the midst of a budget crisis did indeed happen, contrary to the assertion by a letter writer (TNT, 12-7) that it was mere pre-election grandstanding that wouldn’t pass. The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act became law in July; $70 million was immediately disbursed, with hundreds of millions more pledged for Israel’s “Iron Dome.”
This is atop $3 billion in annual military aid we already give to Israel, whose economy has grown handsomely since 2001 due in part to Israel’s export of its “security industry.”
If all this aid was actually helping, it might be justifiable. Instead it’s hurting Americans, Palestinians and Israelis. U.S. support prolongs Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian land and lives, and abets Israel’s ongoing building of illegal settlements that render a contiguous Palestinian state impossible. It also enabled Israel’s descent into apartheid, characterized by favorable designations in law and living conditions for Jewish Israelis only.
The film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” narrated by Alice Walker, is useful for understanding this hard-to-digest fact of Israeli apartheid. So is the report “Is Israel an Apartheid State?” available on the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions website.
Citizens globally are employing BDS – boycott, divestment, sanctions – to help end Israeli apartheid. The South African government recently made support for BDS its official policy.
Apartheid is a crime against humanity. U.S. billions and bipartisan political accord that support Israeli apartheid should be reallocated for use here at home – for good.