Stop U.S. Tax Dollars from funding $3.8 billion dollars of weapons per year to Israel
Do you want your tax dollars to support an illegal military occupation that is in violation of United Nations resolutions and international law?
Join Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine on May 17, 2021 – Tax Day – to protest the use of our tax dollars that support this illegal occupation and medical apartheid in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. We will be at the main post office on Federal Place in Santa Fe from 4:30-5:30.
What does Israel do with this money in violation of U.S. laws?
- Daily human rights abuses against Palestinians living under military occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip
- Prevention of free movement of Palestinians for school, work and medical care using technology manufactured in the U.S.
- Detention of and abuse of children
- Home demolitions
- Israel has rejected any responsibility for providing or even facilitating vaccines for the millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, despite the fact that from 1967 through the present day, Israel exercises overarching control over these areas (and despite the fact that Israel has provided vaccines for its own citizens living in illegal West Bank settlements). The average U.S. taxpayer gives $25.25 in weapons to Israel each year. Imagine if the U.S. invested $3.8 billion per year to our local communities. This is what we would see:
- 51,300 clean energy jobs
- 46,982 elementary school teachers
- 1.5 million children receiving healthcare
- 253 million COVID-19 vaccine shots
What can you do?
- Write to your congressional representative and ask them to co-sponsor HR2590, introduced by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) – the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.
- The legislation has been endorsed by more than 20 groups, including mainstays in the Palestinian rights movement like the Adalah Justice Project and Jewish Voice for Peace Action, as well as the liberal pro-Israel group Americans for Peace Now and the progressive Justice Democrats. J Street, a liberal group that supports U.S. aid to Israel but opposes Israel’s military occupation, is backing McCollum’s bill.
- Make sure your community is not supporting the Deadly Exchange program which brings police, ICE, border patrol and FBI to train with Israeli soldiers, police and border agents. “Worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.