“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.
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.”