Israeli Air Strikes: American Tax Dollars at Work
As you’ve probably heard, Israel has begun to bomb the world’s largest open-air prison—Gaza—killing 280 people. Most of these victims are civilians, many of them are women and children.
This is happening against the background of an inhumane and illegal blockade, which has left residents of Gaza without food, water, fuel, or electricity. Hospitals in Gaza are (like the rest of the strip) extremely overcrowded and without adequate power supplies; now they are having to deal with an influx of wounded people that can only be expected to increase in the days ahead.
As Americans, we should be aware that these are our tax dollars at work. Three billion American dollars a year subsidize the apartheid state of Israel and its ethnic-cleansing of the Palestinian people:
Israel receives on average about 3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, an amount that is roughly one-sixth of America’s direct foreign assistance budget and equal to about 2 percent of Israel’s GDP. In recent years, about 75 percent of U.S. assistance has been military aid, with the remainder broken down into various forms of economic aid. In per capita terms, this level of direct foreign assistance amounts to a direct subsidy of more that $500 per year for each Israeli.
(Source: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy)
Rather than taking care of our own citizens, our government would rather send that money abroad to destroy other countries and terrorize their people. The US government’s support of this injustice is beyond shameful—and I include in this indictment President-Elect Barack Obama, and his upcoming administration. Obama’s record on Israel, from his ass-kissing at the Knesset to his Cabinet picks, suggest that while the face of US imperialism has changed, the underlying policies have not.
~ by Kimchi on December 29, 2008.
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