Diplomacy, human rights and justice, not more war and more weapons is what Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is imploring the people of the U.S. to press on Congress. The full letter reads:
On August 17, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Israel and the United States assuring that military aid to Israel would be increased for the next ten years. But Congress still has to approve the Appropriations bill, so there is still time for you to oppose the increase in aid to Israel, the $13 billion of military aid to Egypt and the $20 billion arms sales package to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states. Tell Congress that the solution to the spiralling conflicts in the Middle East is diplomacy, human rights and justice, not more war and more weapons.
Earlier this month, the Bush Administration announced that it would be increasing military aid to Israel 25% to $30 billion, would be guaranteeing $13 billion in military aid to Egypt and would sell $20 billion to the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, all over the next ten years. The Middle East is lacking for many things, but the one thing that every Middle Eastern country is awash in is weapons. This is a time for the United States to be promoting diplomacy, not more violence. For more information about the proposed military aid and sales, click here.
US law states that military aid is only to be used for defense, and is not to be provided to countries which engage in a “consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” None of the recipient countries, including Israel, meet this standard. Click here to demand that our leaders uphold US law and that they promote justice, peace and diplomacy, not more war in the Middle East. Your e-mail will be sent to your congressional representatives, as well as the President and the Secretary of State.
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Will Gordon Brown and other leaders add their voices? He told Bush: “We share the same values”. It is said that Bush is a “lame-duck” president, well rats in a corner become very dangerous. Cheney’s malign influence still prevails in the dying embers of the neocon programme. But can the opposition be depended on? Barack Obama proposes more of the same with intervention in Pakistan. As in the U.K. all parties drive the same bus so when it comes to voting you can only change the driver.