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What is FOSNA’s position regarding U.S. aid to Israel?

Many Americans are unaware of the extent of U.S. military aid to Israel. Few know that the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2007, committing the U.S. to provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid from 2009 to 2018. This was a $6 billion increase over the previous nine years, when the U.S. provided Israel with $24.1 billion in military aid. With this money, the U.S. has supplied Israel with hundreds of millions of weapons and related equipment. Learn more at the U.S. Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation.

Moreover, Israel is privileged above any other U.S. aid recipient because it receives all of its aid in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, instead of in quarterly installments. And unlike any other recipient of U.S. aid, Israel is not required to account for its expenditures. See this article in the Electronic Intifada for more background.

FOSNA opposes this use of taxpayer money. U.S. military aid encourages Israel to seek military solutions to conflicts with its neighbors, it helps maintain the occupation of Palestine and threatens stability in the region. U.S. supplied armaments have been used against fishermen and farmers in Gaza, hospitals, schools, mosques and aid workers, such as the nine unarmed members of the 2010 flotilla who were assassinated as they tried to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza. FOSNA works to expose the extent of U.S. military aid that supports actions such as these.

The vast majority of U.S. aid goes to military support in Israel, but some taxpayer funds are used to facilitate the building of settlements and other systems of apartheid control. FOSNA also opposes this kind of aid.