New database reveals weapons to Israel, impact on Palestinians

Last week, Congress finally got around to finalizing the 2011 budget, which included a record-breaking appropriation of $3 billion in military aid to Israel (not including an additional $415 million in Pentagon funding for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense projects).This money was the third installment of a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by the United States and Israel to provide Israel with $30 billion in U.S. military aid from 2009-2018, an annual average increase of 25% over previous levels. 
 
It is well-known that Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid and that U.S. weapons provided to Israel make the United States intricately, deeply, and comprehensively complicit in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians. However, until now, the extent of U.S. weapons transferred to Israel and the direct relationship between these weapons and Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians has been difficult to detail.  
 
Not any longer. To coincide with Tax Day, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched a new website: How Many Weapons to Israel? to catalogue and quantify the types, values, and quantities of U.S. weapons transferred to Israel between 2000-2009. Even for someone like myself who works everyday to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel and follows the issue closely, the results of our research are eye-popping. The sheer magnitude of weapons given to Israel is staggering; the devastation caused to Palestinians by these weapons is heart-breaking. Our research shows that during the past decade, the United States provided Israel with more than 670 million weapons and related equipment, valued at nearly $19 billion, through three major weapons transfer programs.  In our database, we detail more than 500 different weapons categories, along with the value and quantity of each type of weapon transferred to Israel.

   
 
How Many Weapons to Israel? paints a disturbing picture of the extent to which the United States is saturating Israel with weapons.  Take just one example: in the last three years alone, the United States has provided Israel with enough ammunition (47 million pieces) to kill every Palestinian in the Occupied Territories more than ten times over!  What a truly frightening thought.   
 
If Israel were using these weapons for their intended purpose under U.S. law, which is restricted to “legitimate self-defense” and “internal security,” then perhaps these weapons transfers would raise only fiscal concerns.  However, How Many Weapons to Israel? also makes clear the moral and political implications of arming Israel.   
 
From September 2000-December 2009, roughly the same period during which the United States transferred these weapons to Israel, the Israeli military killed at least 2,969 Palestinians who took no part in hostilities, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. How Many Weapons to Israel? demonstrates the direct correlation between Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians and types of weapons provided to it by the United States.  Returning to the example of ammunition, the database reveals that Israel killed 1,931 unarmed Palestinians, including 735 children, with small arms gunfire.   
 
The US Campaign launched this website, as part of its ongoing organizing campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel, to provide incontrovertible and irrefutable evidence that Israel is misusing U.S. weapons to commit grave human rights abuses against Palestinians in violation of U.S. and international law.   

With easy-to-use slideshows and spreadsheets, the US Campaign intends for How Many Weapons to Israel?to be used by activists to raise awareness about the moral and political costs of arming Israel with our tax dollars. 
 
This new website is designed as a complement to our sister website How Much Military Aid to Israel? which reveals the budgetary trade-offs involved in arming Israel.  On that website, viewers can use our interactive map to find out how much money their city, county, Congressional district, and state provide in weapons to Israel, and which unmet social needs could be funded instead with this money.                     
 
Both websites are designed as interactive tools for activists to use in their communities to educate people about the financial, moral, and political costs of transferring weapons to Israel. Activists can also sign up to receive an organizing packet from the US Campaign to be a part of our ongoing campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel.   
 
And, after viewing these websites, if you are as outraged at this misuse of our taxes as I am, then you can join with me in “offsetting” the estimated $21.59 you just gave Uncle Sam for weapons to Israel this year by making a tax-deductible contribution to support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 350 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality.  He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service.

About Josh Ruebner

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. He is author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso Books).
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  1. clenchner says:

    Josh, only one thing to say:
    Happy Birthday!

  2. Debonnaire says:

    Yes, but according to the crowd at Israpundit, Jonathan Morse at the Univ. Of Hawaii (Manoa), Canadian “poet” David Solway, Meryl Yourish, and many self-described liberals across the land – Obama and Hillary are virulent Hamas loving Jew-haters who sell out Israel at every turn. These people are really upset and seem to really know the score. There’s much talk that a big chunk of the Jewish vote will NOT be coming Obama’s way in 2012 and maybe they’re right about that.

    • seafoid says:

      How many Jews are there in the US? 7 million. How many voters? 200 million?

      • Potsherd2 says:

        How many Jewish dollars in the 2010 election?

        • annie says:

          jewish dollars? i’m not comfortable with the framing. dollars are dollars. i know what you mean but i still reject the framing.

        • Citizen says:

          Well, here’s some old figures, which have only gone up:
          Got any spare change?
          “In 1976, over 60% of the large donors to the Democratic Party were Jewish. Over 60% of the monies raised by Nixon in 1972 was from Jewish contributors. Over 75% of the monies raised in Humphrey’s 1968 campaign was from Jewish contributors. Over 90% of the monies raised by Scoop Jackson in the Democratic primaries was from Jewish contributors. “Hamilton Jordan, Confidential File, Box 34, File “Foreign
Policy/Domestic Politics, HJ Memo, 6/77,” Atlanta , Carter Library, declassified June 12, 1990.

          Free Jonathan Pollard!
          link to veteranstoday.com

        • Bumblebye says:

          Dollars donated on condition of the advancement of the Zionist agenda?

        • Citizen says:

          Duh. But they don’t talk in terms of “Zionist,” but in terms of “our beloved Jewish people, our best pal in the world.”

        • annie says:

          Dollars donated on condition of the advancement of the Zionist agenda?

          that sounds about right! there’s just something about the sound of ‘jewish money’ that sounds weird to me. shekels ok, but dollars are dollars.

        • MRW says:

          Yes, annie, “dollars are dollars,” but that is not what he was saying. He was saying Jewish donor dollars, and left out the donor adj.

          And as the conversation that Phil wants to have about Jewish political power and Jewish money (Seymour Hersh’s term) becomes more prevalent, people are going to opt for speech expediency, just like the terribly PC African American went back to Black. Everything goes through the Clueless-Touchy-’Ole Hat cycle.

        • Potsherd2 says:

          Dollars aren’t anonymous, annie. Donors to politicians don’t tuck their dollars in an unmarked envelope. They come with large, conspicuous tags. The donors make damn sure the politicians know who they are and what they are buying with their dollars.

          Over half the political contributions to Democratic politicians are Jewish dollars and openly given as Jewish dollars. And this is why Congress does things like unanimously denouncing the Goldstone report. They know who gave those dollars and what they are for.

        • American says:

          What do you mean by ‘framing’?
          Jewish dollars means dollars coming from Jewish donors or Israeli interest groups obviously, as ‘union dollars’ would come from unions, corp dollars from corps and so forth.
          So why are you not comfortable with ‘jewish dollars?

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “So why are you not comfortable with ‘jewish dollars?”

          Conditioning, probably.

        • MHughes976 says:

          I think we’re caught between wanting and needing to be frank about the organisations – and the individual intentions – from which political donations flow and desiring to be painfully careful about using language with anti-Semitic overtones. Not every Jewish dollar by any estimate has Zionism written on its green back but most, in tragic fact, do. That’s one major reason why journalists can tell Obama that offending Netanyahu would be suicide.
          We’re not anti-Semites here but anti-racists. But how do we manage to be careful in our use of words, which we should be, without being mealy-mouthed, which we shouldn’t?
          Just to add that over here in the UK we have ‘Friends of Israel’ – and in response ‘Friends of Palestine’ – attached to all our major political parties. This I consider to be a scandal, though it is calmly accepted, along with the moneys raised.

    • LeaNder says:

      Did you make this Israpundit – Morse connection before? What is this about?

  3. MRW says:

    Holy shit.

    Our research shows that during the past decade, the United States provided Israel with more than 670 million weapons and related equipment, valued at nearly $19 billion, through three major weapons transfer programs. In our database, we detail more than 500 different weapons categories, along with the value and quantity of each type of weapon transferred to Israel.

    • Citizen says:

      MRW, and everything we give Israel is reversed engineered, gingerly tweaked as to one fringe aspect, and sold to the world, including our enemies, as an Israeli-made weapon. This process piggy-backs on the notion that all Israeli weapons are tried and true, reliable as proven by combat. The Us sells weapons the same way, except in the US case, they really are home-grown and US military battle tested. You don’t even want to know how Israel rips off US patents in other areas, e.g., pharmaceuticals. Israel also is a big time player site in the human organ trade, the human traffic trade, and of course, that old stand-by, pornography. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

      • MRW says:

        And the maker of drugs to affect our kids.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        It’s funny when you confront gun-nut Israelis with that, actually. They boost that the “best” weapons they have were “made all by themselves” and that American equipment needs to be “fixed up” to bring it up to “Israeli standards.”

        I doubt if Russia or China minds.

        • pjdude says:

          not to mention most joint miltary devolpment projects are general funded to great degree by the non Israeli partner. I’d say they fund maybe a quarter to a third of money.

        • Citizen says:

          We have hundreds of MOUs (Memorandums Of Understanding) with Israel; in every one of them, the US takes a net bath. We have no other such enmeshed government-government tied bundles with any other state in the world, even though we have, what we don’t have with Israel with some of them, e.g., a full-throttle military treaty making them our Allies in the common-sensical, above-board way any American adult would understand.

        • Potsherd2 says:

          Every time I get a message from my Republican reps in Congress, touting all their efforts to cut funding for projects that benefit Americans, I reply by saying I know they’re not serious about the budget if they still vote to give $3.5 billion to Israel.

      • pjdude says:

        not surprising that Israel is so good at reverse engeering considering the amount of russians in the country. early in the cold war possiblely its entirety the main soviet strategic bomber was a literal rivet for rivet copy of the B-52

  4. zafarz says:

    Debonnaire, I am not sure why anyone would think Obama and Hillary are Jew haters but I have plenty of evidence they are not. In any event, I do believe Obama will have a tough time with AIPAC and to be sure his speeches at their upcoming annual convention will be exceedingly appeasing. This is also the convention that will be addressed by the American Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Also on the weapons front, there is no way we can get any support for stopping the flow of money to Israel. I believe it is high time the U.S. tax payer got an ‘Israel Tax Credit’ for the money that we have been forking over to Tel Aviv. Israel Tax Credit

    • Citizen says:

      zafarz, Americans are about as likely to get an “Israel Tax Credit” as they are to lose the mortgage deductions. Besides, Americans who donate to anything Israel already get IRS favorite tax treatment. Wake up.

  5. “This new website is designed as a complement to our sister website How Much Military Aid to Israel? which reveals the budgetary trade-offs involved in arming Israel. On that website, viewers can use our interactive map to find out how much money their city, county, Congressional district, and state provide in weapons to Israel, and which unmet social needs could be funded instead with this money. ”

    What a fantastic tool, and one that I intend to use in my organizing work. I am about to start a new SJP chapter and have been brainstorming effective ways to bring this issue to campus. Just a few weeks ago a group of activists staged a walk-out to protest deep bugdet cuts to California schools in general, and San Francisco’s cuts to our campus in particular. Piggybacking on the movement with this website’s information is going to be amazing. Thanks for the post.

    • Citizen says:

      Well, good luck, maggielorraine. I’ve already sent lots of American fundies to that website and they don’t care because they don’t have a brain and are happy God chose the Jewish people to lead them to “the world next.” The more secular “Christians” are just happy the Jews have joined them to prevent Sharia law from taking over the USA.

  6. MRW says:

    Josh,

    Have you seen this? Might be the inspiration for a third website in keeping with Jeff Halper’s theme here (17:50-25 min) that Israel has brought the I/P situation to the US and is infecting out local law enforcement. In other words, a 3rd website showing the reverse.

    This is really outrageous. The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.

    Look who the Principles are, all Israelis:

    RON SERBER, CO-CEO
    YOSSI CARMIL, CO-CEO
    AVIAD OFRAT, CEO CELLEBRITE USA
    AYELET STEINBERG, CFO
    DROR HALIVA, HEAD OF MARKETING
    YUVAL ADAM, COO

    Check out their customers. . .as Eben Moglen says, “We get all spying all the time for free.”

    • Citizen says:

      The links don’t work, so here:

      Tuesday, April 19, 2011
      Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

      The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.
         ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.
         “Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,” ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. “No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the Michigan State Police should be willing to assuage concerns that these powerful extraction devices are being used illegally by honoring our requests for cooperation and disclosure.”
         A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.
         “Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”
         The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
         “With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity,” Fancher wrote. “A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.”
         The national ACLU is currently suing the Department of Homeland Security for its policy of warrantless electronic searches of laptops and cell phones belonging to people entering the country who are not suspected of committing any crime.
      link to thenewspaper.com

      Cellebrite Executive Team

      RON SERBER, CO-CEO
      Ron Serber provides both external and internal technology leadership for Cellebrite .
He leads Cellebrite’s development in the fields of mobile phone synchronization software and hardware, and is responsible for the development of the UME series. Mr. Serber joined the Cellebrite Executive Team as CTO in 2001. He came to Cellebrite from Pegasus Technologies where he served as Director of Software Development and as a consultant to telecommunication companies. Mr. Serber’s reputation for excellence began in university where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and received a practical engineering degree with honors in Electronics and Computers from Singalovski College (Israel).
      YOSSI CARMIL, CO-CEO
      At Cellebrite, Yossi Carmil provides the leadership for the company’s international marketing and sales activities and heads the company’s efforts to further its involvement as a service provider to the cellular and mobile communication industry. Mr.Carmil joined Cellebrite in 2004, bringing with him 10 years of international business experience. His professional expertise was developed from his years as the Marketing and Sales Director of ITS Telecom in Europe and as Commercial Manager for Siemens in Israel. He holds an MBA from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.
      AVIAD OFRAT, CEO CELLEBRITE USA
      Aviad Ofrat has been CEO of Cellebrite USA Inc. since its inception in 1999. Under his leadership, Cellebrite is now positioned as the primary supplier of phonebook synchronization solutions. This has been accomplished through Mr. Ofrat’s development of strategic alliances between Cellebrite and leading American cellular providers, such as Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, US Cellular, and Nokia. Aviad Ofrat began his successful career path with a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa (Israel). He later founded and became the CEO of a successful jewelry manufacturing enterprise with production facilities in South Africa and Israel and marketing facilities in the U.S.
      AYELET STEINBERG, CFO
      The versatile and accomplished Ayelet Steinberg oversees Finance, Operations, Legal, and Investor Relations for Cellebrite . Ms. Steinberg holds a CPA and an MBA from Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and has more than 10 years experience as CFO and Controller of a VC fund and high-tech companies. Ms. Steinberg is dedicated to building Cellebrite’s corporate infrastructure, facilitating our continued growth both internally and in the marketplace as a leading service provider to the cellular and mobile communication industry.
      DROR HALIVA, HEAD OF MARKETING
      Dror Haliva joined Cellebrite in 2005, bringing with him 15 years of global experience in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Haliva was part of the design and definition team of the company’s core products UME-36Pro and UFED family of products and works closely with technology partners in order to establish premium solutions for Cellebrite’s customers. Haliva’s focus on corporate strategy and the future of technology ensures that Cellebrite’s services are one step ahead of the business requirements of our customers in the mobile and forensics industries.
      YUVAL ADAM, COO
      Yuval Adam joined Cellebrite in January 2007, brining with him 20 years experience as Purchasing and Operation Manager in the communications industry for companies such as C.Mer, Unitronics, Ensambel and Celerica. He holds a BA in mathematics and computer science from Tel-Aviv University (Israel).
      link to cellebrite.com

      • Citizen says:

        And here:

        Cellebrite products are the exclusive in-store transfer solution for Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Orange, O2, Apple, Turkcell, Telcell, Cingular Wireless, US Cellular, Metro PCS, Western Wireless, Cricket, Telstra, and other leading providers of the cellular phone industry. link to cellebrite.com

  7. seafoid says:

    It’s a bad time to be mentally ill in the US. It’s a bad time to lose your home or your job. But there is always money for Zionism.

  8. How many weapons does a country need? What is adequate for self-defence? Your ‘enemy’ is poor indigenous Palestinians who have some tinpot home made rockets and light arms. Yet every year you are so fearful, so paranoid, so convinced these farmers with swords are about to bring down a state which is armed to the teeth with the latest jet fighters, tanks and submarines that you must go cap in hand to the American taxpayer to beseech them to buy you even more high-powered weaponry which would be enough to annihilate most of the entire Middle East. You don’t even plead poverty, since you are substantially better off than many of the US citizens you demand money from. But somehow it is imperative that you should obtain this stockpile of killing technology for nothing. Armed to the teeth, like an addict perpetually convinced that you must have more, you devise ever more cruel and deadly ways of treating the native people, trapping them in a labyrinth designed to torture their existence, while all the time demanding more bombs, bigger bombs, planes and remote killing devices, just in case they should protest about the degradation you have forced them to live under. You are an example to us all: how to destroy a people and their way of life and get someone else to pay for it.

    • bijou says:

      You forgot a key point — the native people become the “laboratory” for “testing new technologies” – an indispensable component of the “global marketing strategy.” “Wham bam new killing device has been‘battle tested….’ and performed flawlessly…”. A 1-second google search proves my point:

      Far from losing business after Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza recently, the Israeli arms exporters have enjoyed a mini-boom, as a number of countries have lined up to buy battle tested hardware from the Israelis, who have been supplying leading edge drone technology to war zones around the world.

      After Georgia attacked Russia recently, aided by Israeli Hermes drones, the Russians were persuaded to arm themselves with Israeli drones.

      This points to the high motivation that arms companies have to encourage their host countries and their customers to skirmish and be involved in campaigns, since without active campaign experience, new technology lacks credibility that can only be gained in warfare. Arms companies have a high motivation to encourage armed conflict, and to present armed conflict as a good solution to international problems.

      Among the countries participating in Israel’s mini sales boom is Finland. Following is an article that describes the Finnish quest to acquire more drones:

      “Finland’s Ministry of Defense has narrowed the field in its competition to provide the Finnish army with mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Of the five remaining bidders, four are Israeli firms with deep ties to the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syrian Golan Heights. In addition, three of the models offered are or have been in active recent use in Israeli military operations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and south Lebanon. The Finnish army already employs a UAV produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, as well as other “battle-tested” Israeli weapons including anti-armor missiles, artillery munitions, avionics and more…..” (more)

      It’s utterly sickening. What is needed now is a corollary database of Israeli arms sales around the world over the past few decades… then we could see the whole happy scheme in full.

      Oh right! It’s already out there, as Adam Horowitz reported a short while back.

      Josh, thanks for the amazing work on this – please keep it up! It’s essential to expose this far and wide.

  9. annie says:

    here’s my state

    This money could have been spent instead to:
    Provide 42,254 households per year w/affordable housing grants OR
    Provide 57,766 job seekers per year w/green jobs training OR
    Provide 102,892 children per year w/early reading education OR
    Provide 2,818,173 people per year w/primary health care.

    • MHughes976 says:

      We have to consider that the money sent to Israel for arms is in large part recycled to United States arms manufacturers and therefore constitutes an economic stimulus by public spending in the United States itself, even though it must be very damagingly skewed towards certain regions and subgroups of the population. The stimulus takes a form – the only form maybe – that right wing politicians are prepared to accept. The workforce in those industries and the regions where they are influential are a storehouse of right wing votes. Whereas housing grants are for wimps and for people who only waste what they’re given.

  10. ToivoS says:

    OT but this might be positive news for the BDS effort. Israel is getting so desperate for celebrity talent, they paid $1 million up front to get Justin Bieber to perform. It looks like the promoters took a big hit on this one:

    link to haaretz.com

    Poor Israelis now becoming victims of extortion.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      Well and on top of paying a ton of money to bring Bieber over, they treated him so bad while he was there, he blogged about how disappointed and perturbed he was that the Israeli government blocked him from visiting the places of the Holy Land where Jesus dwelled. Of course, it’s debatable to wonder whether going to see the proverbial manger in the stable only to find the tread marks of an armored bulldozer would have brightened his impressions any.

  11. annie says:

    there’s an awesome post over @ alex’s thread that pertains to this conversation. i’m going to copy it here

    MSeveral April 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    About 18 months ago, I began tracking the funding of the settlement enterprise by U.S. non-profit foundations and tax-exempt organizations. As a result of my research, I identified 125 foundations that have given approximately $50,000,000 supporting the settlements over the past 10 years. I have also identified 54 tax-exempt organizations that have spent approximately $270,000,000 funding the settlement enterprise over the past 10 years. This information can be viewed at http://www.settlementsinpalestine.org. Though I wish the foundations and tax-exempt organizations provided as complete information as the New Israel Fund, which identifies all donors who contributed more than $1,000 and lists all grantees and the amount awarded, most of the non-profits supporting the settlement enterprise, based on reviewing their annual 990 filings, comply with the law. Whatever problems most have, I would consider technical violations, such as identifying the recipients of funds as being in Israel, when in fact it is in the Occupied Palestinian territory. However, there are some organizations that may involve the laundering of funds. The most obvious is the organizations that Irving Moskowitz controls. Funds from the Irving Moskowitz Foundation (which is a non-profit organization and not a foundation) funds the Everest Foundation (which is a foundation), to acquire properties in occupied East Jerusalem. The IRS should investigate this. But instead of claiming the Moskowitz entities are “illegally confiscating Palestinian lands and committing crimes overseas,” the claim should be based on the failure of the Moskowitz entities to comply with the tax code. I would suggest that people look at the 990s filed by the two organizations (which can be accessed at http://www.Guidestar.org) to file a credible complaint to the IRS. But any complaint based on the charge that the Moskowitz organizations are “illegally confiscating Palestinian lands and committing crimes overseas” will go nowhere because such a claim is a conclusion. The complaint should be based on facts. Unfortunately, the past effort to have the IRS investigated organizations failed because the complaint represents something that too often happens in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict–people use overblown language, make unsubstantiated charges, and ignore essential facts.

    i absolutely recommend going to this site and checking out the ‘roll of shame’ pdf.

  12. American says:

    I don’t believe that 19 billion includes the ‘excess weapons transfers” made by the pentagon to Israel. Supposedly this is obsolete’ equipment and weapons given to Israel. However I doubt it is obsolete or if it is Israel takes it and resells it to some third world country.
    Nor does it include the ‘supposed US weapons stock in Israel, currently at billion worth of equipment and weapons since it was increased last year.
    “Supposedly this US weapons depot is for US use should it be needed by the US military for any reason in the region.
    However Israel depleted the ‘so called US” depot in their war on Lebanon…obviously this “US” weapons supply is for Israel, not the US and a way of hiding yet more aid to Israel.

    The Economist 6 years ago tallied up over 1.4 trillion in US aid and program give aways to Israel.

  13. American says:

    Correction to my prior post.
    It was the Christian Science Monitor, not the Economist.
    And it was done in 2002, nine years ago and the final tally was 1.6 trillion.
    I hate to think what the total figure is now.
    Also I don’t believe most accounting of Israeli cost to the US counts things like the US contribution to special UN fund for Lebanon’s oil clean up after Israel bombed their oil terminals or such expenses as replacing the Palestine power plants built with 58 million in US aid.
    Most people dwell on the aid but the US contributions to replacements of infrastructure and clean ups for Israeli destruction have been enormous also.
    At one time I had the figures for how much US pension money from unions, states and cities and public employees funds are invested in israel and Israeli bonds but don’t have access to the figures right now.
    I noticed last week that the former NY comptroller, Hevas (sp?) was sentenced to prison for fraud and few other dealings, he was the guy who was steering NY pension money into Israeli venture funds and taking kick backs for it.

    Basically it’s a bottomless pit and getting deeper every year.

    link to csmonitor.com

  14. jon s says:

    Doesn’t US military aid to Israel generate jobs and profits in the US?
    Just asking…

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      Less than would be generated if the money were given as direct aid to Americans who are in need, rather than to foreign enemies of human rights, like the Israeli. Also, proving social services to Americans would cease the US being an accomplice to one of the most vile and evil social ideologies in the world today.

    • Citizen says:

      MHughes976 April 21, 2011 at 7:22 am
      We have to consider that the money sent to Israel for arms is in large part recycled to United States arms manufacturers and therefore constitutes an economic stimulus by public spending in the United States itself, even though it must be very damagingly skewed towards certain regions and subgroups of the population. The stimulus takes a form – the only form maybe – that right wing politicians are prepared to accept. The workforce in those industries and the regions where they are influential are a storehouse of right wing votes. Whereas housing grants are for wimps and for people who only waste what they’re given.

    • American says:

      Actually they don’t. In fact there are occasional squabbles between US defense industry and Israel over Israel reselling weapons to what would have been US clients.
      One way to get a good grip on what Israel does is to go to the FAS arms sales data base where you find this interesting fact…..# Israel Exports more weapons than they Import#…..it’s a revolving door. We give them billions in military aid with which they do purchase US equipment..a certain %, can’t remember exactly what it is… and they sell all their own domestically produced Israeli weapons.
      Does it make sense that Israel needs arms aid when they sell all their own and more than they buy?

      There is a good research article somewhere, over at the Washington Report I think, that details how many jobs Israel has cost Americans thru various deals like the Israel free trade bill which was a scandal several years ago. The US business community had gone to the Trade commission or Commerce with a report about how bad it would be for the US to pass that bill and lo and behold the ‘confidential report” ended up stolen and at AIPAC who then launched a blitz in congress to overcome the US industries objections and the bill was passed.
      That congress would ignore a large political donor sector like US industry in favor of Israel I think clears up all doubts about the hold AIPAC has in the US congress…and any illusions that congress actually represents Americans.
      The zionist prefer to use the term ‘ally’ for the US-Isr relationship and why all this occurs but your average person looking at all this would call it a parasite and host relationship.
      It’s a one way street, we get absolutely nothing back from Israel..except intelligence , sometimes, probably most often, ginned up to suit Israel’s needs.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        It’s a one way street, we get absolutely nothing back from Israel..except intelligence , sometimes,

        The Nigerian yellow cake papers, anyone?

    • Chaos4700 says:

      At pennies on the dollar, at best if at all. Especially since you Israelis keep boasting about how many high tech jobs you’ve stolen from the US. I’m pretty sure we’d have more jobs over here if that money were being used to update our collapsing bridges and highways instead of being used to equip Israeli goons with even more ways to break human rights conventions.

  15. It would actually benefit the US the most if the money was invested in Palestine, providing jobs, infrastructure and education. Palestine has a rich resource of people who are intelligent and ambitious. The best hope for peace and for the US to be seen to acting with justice and even handedly would be to help build the Palestinian State.

  16. bijou says:

    It occurs to me that there might be yet another piece of this puzzle to flesh out. Does cycling arms sales through Israel allow arms manufacturers to sidestep legal restrictions in the US? No doubt, but the particulars would be relevant. In other words, using Israel as a conduit allows the arms manufacturers to export weapons to markets that would otherwise be illegal for them to sell to under US law. The US taxpayer foots the bill.

    Not to mention, of course, the limitless possibilities for arming “rebels” and “extremists” wherever in the world it’s convenient…

    I’m pretty ignorant about how all this works but I’d really like to know more. It feels kind of like a giant Ponzi scheme at the expense of the American people… This is the other side of the Lobby – the part that makes it possible for them to get a stranglehold. It’s not just ‘Jewish money’ to political candidates.

    • American says:

      It is a ponzi scheme in which the US weapons industry profits…..you will never hear them complaining about aid to Israel.
      There have been dust ups though over the ‘kick backs’..they don’t call it kick backs they call it something else….in which US suppliers have to pay a “fee” to Israel on what they sell to Israel.

  17. MHughes976 says:

    I still think it’s a stimulus to the American economy even if it is, from that point of view, grossly inefficient and wasteful, even corrupt. Workers, who can vote, and managements, who can make political donations, are enriched and the money trickles around the towns and the streets. A military-industrial-congressional complex needs a fourth element, that is a customer who can never be satisfied, and a fifth, that is voters whose bread is being buttered.
    Ponzi schemes don’t collapse for a time and that is because many shrewd people see that they can get their share of ponzi pie.