New billboard links continued aid to Israel to interstate bridge collapse

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“Stop $30 Billion to Israel” 14′ x 48′ billboard facing westbound on I-90, outside Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and near the Spokane, Washington, suburbs. Interstate 5 bridge collapsed in Washington state.

Spokane Veterans for Peace:

While social programs and infrastructure in the United States, across the board, are being devastated by the sequester cuts, AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Committee) successfully lobbied Congress to INCREASE aid to Israel, not to include it in the sequester cuts. The U.S. will give Israel an additional $200 million dollars during this fiscal year, on top of the $10 billion already slated.

American aid to Israel is given in cash at the start of each fiscal year. The only stipulation imposed on Israel’s use of this cash gift is that it spend 74 per cent to purchase U.S. military goods and services.

Spokane Vets for Peace views our $30 billion funding for Israel as both unnecessary and counterproductive to the aims of 1) peace in the Middle East and 2) filling domestic needs.

Stop 30 Billion cofounder Armen Chakerian: “the Coalition has helped put up billboards in 10 cities around the country, including Denver, LA, San Francisco, …and Spokane.”

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  1. just
    August 23, 2013, 9:45 am

    Bravo Spokane VFP! Great image, great message– thank you!

  2. amigo
    August 23, 2013, 9:57 am

    Fabulous Billboards.

    I just bet the zios and their apologists hate driving to work every day having to look at these.I also hope the traffic is REAL slow.

  3. Citizen
    August 23, 2013, 11:38 am

    Great! Keep it up! It’s actually $170 Billion, going by the prior US track record, which reveals about $3 Billion per year, but that doesn’t count interest and all the indirect aid, which amounts to a minimum of $17 Billion per year adding up both direct and indirect aid.

    Also the billboard’s $30 Billion refers to Bush’s ten year promise @ $3 Billion per year in direct aid. Obama has since then promised, what, $4 Billion per year in direct aid for the following 10 years? I forget the exact figure, but its a lot higher than Bush’s 10 year promise.

    • Chu
      August 23, 2013, 12:17 pm

      170 billion. Where’s our return on investment? A spartan apartheid state?
      no thanks. Funding such a nightmare ball & chain state is an embarrassment
      on so many levels.

    • Citizen
      August 23, 2013, 1:08 pm

      My mistake: the $17 Billion total annual aid figure was only the estimated minimum indirect aid plus interest. Add to it the current $3 Billion in direct aid, then consider Obama has now upped the direct aid figure. So it’s now $20 Billion total per year plus Obama’s new promise. It’s staggering. The billboard has to be updated, made more inclusive–maybe then Dick and Jane driving by (looking for a job), might just get curious…

      • john_manyjars
        August 24, 2013, 4:30 pm

        We must remember the massive cost of the Arab oil embargo, as well- surely increased oil prices stemming from inflamed Mideast tensions (read Zionist land-grabs) have run into the trillions.

        Ahh… Apartheid Israel, the ‘gift’ that keeps on giving.

  4. Chu
    August 23, 2013, 11:48 am

    excellent!!! this could start a great trend.
    Way to stick it to the man! lol…

  5. Citizen
    August 23, 2013, 11:48 am

    From the Observer last April 2:

    “The strength of the Jewish Lobby in Washington DC has been demonstrated once again with US President Barack Obama’s approval of a new congressional bill which boosts US taxpayer donations to $11 million every day.
    Previously, this figure stood at “only” $8 million every day, but in terms of the now finalized “United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012,” American taxpayers will give an additional $40 billion in military funding to Israel over a ten-year period.
    The military aid package will automatically start when the current 10-year aid package (worth $30 billion), signed by President George W. Bush in 2007, comes to an end.”

    Actually under Bush Jr’s 10 year package it amounted to giving in direct aid $ 8.5 Million every day.

  6. David Doppler
    August 23, 2013, 12:05 pm

    This is very interesting. Veterans for Peace sounds like it may be a hard group to undermine with the usual smears. Israel’s problem is that it got what it wanted, unaccountable control over the US Congress. It cannot help itself pulling more and more out of the cash machine, with the powers that be in Congress and the MSM unwilling to do anything but grin and bear it. “Is this legal?” “Is this allowed?” they must be asking themselves. What it is is unsustainable.

    • john_manyjars
      August 24, 2013, 4:28 pm

      They’ll find some way to smear the vets, as the ‘right’ did to Kerry’s honorable service record. But I am hoping you’re right.

  7. jon s
    August 24, 2013, 5:02 am

    Ending military aid to Israel would cost lots of American jobs.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 24, 2013, 3:42 pm

      why? do you think the money would just evaporate. if the US invested federal tax dollars in jobs for americans, they do not have to do it thru military aid to israel. it’s not as if that’s israeli investment, it’s american investment.

      iow, they could spend that money on american infrastructure (the kind referenced in the billboard), this too creates jobs. what it would do is shift investment from one sector to another, but there’s no reasom the federal government should protect weapons manufactures and their employees over and above other industries.

      • ritzl
        August 24, 2013, 4:56 pm

        Exactly right, Annie.

        The money can be used for anything that creates jobs. It could even be used to buy more of the same military stuff for US use, if it had to be spent on military stuff at all.

    • john_manyjars
      August 24, 2013, 4:23 pm

      Horse-hockey. The money wasted on pumping still more weapons to the ME sinkholes could instead be spent at home, as Annie points out, and create things that actually have financial returns. ]

      Weapons, once built, never make money for anyone and indeed cost vast sums to maintain.

      • just
        August 24, 2013, 6:51 pm

        Very true, john…..

        IF we could stop this destructive lockstep “alliance” with apartheid Israel, put a stop to our never ending hypocrisy, and stop the drive for regional hegemony, we would not ‘need’ so many weapons/soldiers/mercenaries/contractors/’enemies’.

    • Ellen
      August 24, 2013, 6:59 pm

      Hardly Jon. Not a single job would be lost; and more created as investments in productivity and infrastructure at home are made.

      In fact, jobs are being lost as our government squanders on “aid” to Israel that in large part goes to military contractors for war toys that have a short shelf life and are rapidly obsolete.

      The newest and greatest war toy — Iron Dome — was made in Israel and wholly produced by the Israeli firm Rafael with practically full U.S. funding,

      What US jobs did that create????

      Much of the Israeli economy depends on war and the arms industry — making a few families very very rich. Imagine if all those resources were put into productive industries?

      US Company Lockheed is now building a major tech hub and technology center in Israel. Guess who is indirectly funding it? Joe and Jane taxpayer.

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/topic/bynet-data-communications/

  8. john_manyjars
    August 24, 2013, 4:20 pm

    GO Spokane VFP!

    We need this multiplied 1000x…now if only our spineless Congress would collectively do an Eisenhower, and stand up to the apartheid ‘sole ME democracy’!

    I can dream, anyway.

  9. Ellen
    August 24, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Meanwhile Israel has just put in a request to the Obama Administration to increase “aid.” once again.

    “Defense News” reports that Israel has asked the Obama administration to increase US annual defense aid. Representatives of the two countries have begun initial talks on a new ten-year aid package, which will come into effect when the current program ends in 2017. The Israeli request is not only due to Israel’s growing defense needs, but also to keep Israel’s qualitative edge, which has eroded following US sales of advanced arms to Arab countries in the past few years.

    http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000873893

    • just
      August 24, 2013, 7:19 pm

      All I can think of are expletives……….

      Just what is “Israel’s qualitative edge”??? I see none, none at all.

      Oh wait. Is this what they are talking about?

      “113th CONGRESS

      1st Session

      H. R. 1992

      To amend the requirements relating to assessment of Israel’s qualitative military edge over military threats, and for other purposes.”

      &*%$#@@$ Congress!

      http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1992/text

    • eljay
      August 24, 2013, 10:28 pm

      >> The Israeli request is not only due to Israel’s growing defense needs, but also to keep Israel’s qualitative edge …

      Looks like the leaders of the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” didn’t get the “we don’t need anyone’s help” memo that Zio-supremacists keep circulating here at Mondoweiss.

  10. radkelt
    August 24, 2013, 8:00 pm

    My understanding is that worse than our crumbling, neglected infrastructure, Fukashima (collective nuclear power complex, many times larger than Chernobyl) is
    an earth tremor, tsunami away from a planetary catastrophe. The cost to perhaps mitigate this impending disaster will take all of our current defense budget several
    times over, plus those of other countries, plus a combined international effort. Puts on the back burner our leaking nuclear storage sites, discretionary wars and military foreign aid.

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