How Much Is Your US State Paying for Israel’s Weapons? This New Tool Will Tell You
USCPR’s new interactive map of military aid to Israel is featured in an article by Middle East Eye with commentary from USCPR Policy Director Josh Ruebner.
The interactive tool on militaryaidtoisrael.org can disclose to Americans just how much they are paying each year for weapons to Israel and what programmes could be funded instead to benefit their state. For a deeper dive, citizens and activists can find out the annual allocation of military aid to Israel by Congressional district, county and even city.
“This map is a tool for local activists to engage their members of Congress,” said Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. “This is especially useful in discussing accountability for Israel’s violations of US weapons laws in the current context of the Great March of Return, where Israel is using US weapons to kill unarmed Palestinian protesters.”
The tool, Ruebner said, will help continue building this type of “intersectionality work” between Palestinian solidarity activists and other social justice groups.
“Building political power from the municipal level upward is an important component to changing federal-level policies that sustain Israel’s oppression of Palestinians,” he said.
“This map will be a tool to help activists pass local city council resolutions to end US weapons to Israel and redirect that money to unmet community needs, thereby furthering this process.”