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A lawsuit filed Monday in the D.C. federal district court challenges U.S. foreign aid to Israel. IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law is holding a conference call briefing about the lawsuit August 11 at 10 AM EST (details below). IRmep Press Release:

Grant F. Smith, Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep)

Grant F. Smith, Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep)

The U.S. is finalizing a ten-year memorandum of understanding which will reportedly boost aid to $4-5 billion per year. Grant F. Smith, Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), in the suit challenges the authority of the president and U.S. federal agencies to deliver such foreign aid to Israel. Such aid violates longstanding bans on aid to non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) with nuclear weapons programs. Since the bans went into effect, U.S. foreign aid to Israel is estimated to be $234 billion.

The lawsuit reveals how in the mid-1970s during investigations into the illegal diversion of weapons-grade uranium from U.S. contractor NUMEC to Israel, Senators Stuart Symington and John Glenn amended the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act to ban any aid to clandestine nuclear powers that were not NPT signatories. Symington clarified the legislative intent of the amendments: “…if you wish to take the dangerous and costly steps necessary to achieve a nuclear weapons option, you cannot expect the United States to help underwrite that effort indirectly or directly.”

The Obama administration follows precedents established since the Ford administration by ignoring internal agency and public domain information that should trigger Symington & Glenn cutoffs and waiver provisions governing foreign aid. The administration has gone further in criminalizing the flow of such information from the federal government to the public.

In 2012 the Department of Energy under U.S. State Department authority passed a secret gag law called “Guidance on Release of Information relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability.” The gag law and related measures promote a “nuclear ambiguity” policy toward Israel. The primary purpose of the gag law is to unlawfully subvert Symington & Glenn arms export controls, the suit alleges.

IRmep won unprecedented release of a Pentagon report about Israel’s nuclear weapons program through a 2014 lawsuit. A 2015 IRmep lawsuit dislodged CIA files about the NUMEC diversion.

IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law is holding a conference call briefing about the lawsuit August 11 at 10 AM EST. Register online here to receive the conference call phone number, access code and briefing materials. Registration closes 9 PM on August 10.

IRmep is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit researching U.S. Middle East policy formulation.


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  1. inbound39 on August 9, 2016, 9:06 pm

    THAT lawsuit WILL throw the cat amongst the Zionists!

  2. Kathleen on August 9, 2016, 11:50 pm

    Grant Smith amazing work.

    Kennedy last President to challenge Israel on their nuke program.

    Efforts to convince Israel to sign NPT


    An item on Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat was on the agenda of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency for a number of years, and the Conference repeatedly adopted resolutions calling upon Israel to place its nuclear installations under Agency safeguards.

    In 1992 the Conference endorsed the President’s statement that “… in view of the peace process already under way in the Middle East, the aim of which was to conclude a comprehensive and just peace in the region, and which included in particular discussions on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, it would be desirable not to consider the present agenda item at the thirty-sixth regular session.”

    The policies of the present Israeli Government have obstructed the peace process in the Middle East and all initiatives to free the region of the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction, and in particular of nuclear weapons, have failed.

  3. Gregkin on August 10, 2016, 3:40 am

    Dear friends,

    I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on, and ask for your support.

    Here’s some more information about this petition: U.S. aid to Israel should be tied to settlement freeze, progress in peace process, and respect for Palestinian rights.

    The Obama administration is reportedly close to providing Israel with up to $40 billion in funding over 10 years, making it the biggest U.S. military aid package ever given to any country. However, if American taxpayers are going to foot the bill for financing the Israeli military, which continues to occupy 2.7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then conditions must be put on the deal. The proposed military deal comes at a time when Israel’s oppressive and discriminatory settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem continue unabated. The Obama administration should make it clear that there are strings attached to U.S. aid and that Israel’s failure to comply with a settlement freeze will have financial penalties.

    Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 99,999 signatures by September 09, 2016, the White House will review it and respond!

    You can view and sign the petition here:

    • Emory Riddle on August 10, 2016, 12:24 pm

      “U.S. aid to Israel should be tied to settlement freeze, progress in peace process, and respect for Palestinian rights.”

      Why should Israel get any US aid at all? By the way, all the settlements are illegal and are required to be taken down by international law and UN Resolution. What’s this BS about a freeze? And those ongoing peace talks that serve as cover for the continued land theft.

  4. Boomer on August 10, 2016, 7:25 am

    Thanks for this report on an important effort. I hope to read about it in the MSM, and to hear about it on network TV and NPR, but I don’t expect that to happen. It would be easy to be cynical about the effort’s chances, but it is good that some people at least try to uphold the law. After all, it is a good law, and failure to follow it has had bad effects on the U.S. and on the non-Jewish people of the region who have suffered continuing oppression and dispossession enabled by the U.S.

    PS: Normally I don’t approve of those who pick nits about grammar or diction in the language other people use in posts here, but it is relevant that a “gag order” is not a “law.” Neither the President nor any executive branch agency can “pass a law.” An executive order or regulation established pursuant to law is sometimes said to have the force of law, and perhaps that is the case here. In some cases, therefore, the distinction may not be important, but in this case precision of language may be important.

  5. Ossinev on August 10, 2016, 8:08 am

    Not a US citizen so not entitled to sign a petition to the US Govt. I appreciate your good intentions but the wording IMO , specifically the “strings attached ” and “will have financial penalties” are a little too weak and vague .It seems to me that they invite a carry on as normal finger wagging routine from the White House. Perhaps it would have been better to simply request that the deal be suspended completely or cancelled altogether if JSIL does not comply with the current US Obama Administration stated policy on illegal settlements viz:

    “More recently, the official U.S. attitude has been more critical. In 2011, the Obama administration vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling the settlements “illegal” but former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice then denounced “the folly and illegitimacy” of continued Israeli settlement activity. “The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in August 2013.”

  6. dgfincham on August 10, 2016, 9:16 am

    Great news.

  7. Mr.T on August 10, 2016, 11:11 am

    I don’t hold out hope, as the US judiciary is at least as tainted by the evil of Zionism as the political branches, if not more so. But perhaps a miracle will occur!

  8. Doubtom on August 10, 2016, 11:18 am

    Pray what is so unusual about our government ‘selectively’ obeying the law? It is normal routine.

    The president routinely ignores the Constitution for heaven’s sake—what’s the violation of a law or two compared to that? We have an over-reaching presidency, an unrepresentative, corporate controlled Congress, and an extra legal Supreme Court guided by political ideology. It is well past time for a revolution, as Jefferson made clear of its periodic need.

  9. on August 10, 2016, 12:05 pm

    It is good to try to uphold the law and I salute those efforts. The main impact will be any publicity which makes the public and voters aware of what’s going on in U.S.-Israel relations and the power of the Israel Lobby, on that and other fronts, to subvert the law and common sense policy to benefit Israel.

    However, I would be very surprised if the lawsuit had more than a snowball’s chance in hell. This is because of what I believe is the longtime influence of the Israel Lobby in the appointment of Zionist-leaning judges to the Federal Judiciary, from the Supreme Court down.

    Just as the Israel Lobby makes sure politicians will support its agenda before support is given, and opposition withheld, you can bet it has a similar impact when individuals are pitched to the the President for appointment to the Federal courts. The composition of the Supreme Court is Exhibit A, discussed extensively in Mondoweiss and elsewhere.

    My anecdotal research demonstrates that the percentage of Zionist-leaning Judges and Magistrates in the Federal Circuit Courts and District Courts is significantly higher than the percentage of Zionist-leaning individuals in the legal profession. One may argue that even if I’m correct, this is not a reason to conclude that Zionist-leaning judges will favor litigants with Israel Lobby or other Zionist connections and that may right in many individual cases.

    But if you examine the success of the Israel Lobby in the control they exert over politicians they have supported, right up to the President (Obama being the latest example), is it really hard to imagine the success the Israel Lobby may have in the control of judges whose appointment they have promoted.

    The foregoing is the basis on which I draw my conclusion about the likely success of the featured Federal lawsuit.

  10. Marnie on August 10, 2016, 1:23 pm


  11. Boomer on August 10, 2016, 2:17 pm

    I checked Google News to see what MSM are reporting on this lawsuit. Nothing yet. Maybe soon. Or perhaps after Hell freezes over. I did find something of interest, however. Our MSM may be the reason why more Americans believe that Palestinians occupy Israeli land than believe the opposite. Clearly, the Zionist narrative has triumphed, if this poll is correct (but only in the United States). (Note, the lead sentence below incorrectly uses the word “majority” instead of “plurality.”)

    Gullible Americans Duped into Believing Palestinians Occupy Israeli Land Rather than the Reverse

    • inbound39 on August 10, 2016, 10:12 pm

      This is a link on the same site Boomer about NUMEC which originally was an Israeli firm set up in America to smuggle weapons to Israel in the forties.

      • Boomer on August 11, 2016, 6:52 am

        re article about smuggling uranium to Israel and subverting the U.S. government

        An excellent article it is, inbound39. My impression is that the key elemens of this story have been an open secret in “official” DC since the 60’s, which makes it all the more impressive that the pro-Israelites have been able to keep a lid on it for so long. Amazing control of our society.

      • Boomer on August 11, 2016, 8:58 am

        It’s late in life for me to realize that DoJ stands for the Department of “Justice.” They should teach that in civics class in high school.

      • inbound39 on August 11, 2016, 5:43 pm

        If I were an American I would be livid at what the government is doing by selling the American soul to Israel so it can continue to operate its program of ethnic cleansing sponsored by the good ,paying taxpayers of America….thus dragging them down to Israels level and making America complicit in Israeli crimes against humanity.

  12. klm90046 on August 11, 2016, 1:36 am

    This should have happened decades ago. I’m not blaming anyone, though. We’ve all been slackers, while perps have been overly active at hasbara and lawfare.

    But better late than never.

  13. elassis on August 11, 2016, 10:28 am

    US aid to Israel should be increased to 50 Billion per year. This way it would be good for Americans to experience, before long, what it’s like to become migrant workers in Israel.

    • inbound39 on August 11, 2016, 5:57 pm

      It’s time for Americans to do some serious soul searching about themselves and ask why their government is subservient to Israel.

  14. lonely rico on August 19, 2016, 9:46 pm

    Grant Smith’s – IRmep briefing about the lawsuit to block US Aid to Israel – 8/11/2016
    From description:
    Published on Aug 15, 2016
    A lawsuit filed August 8, 2016 in the D.C. federal district court challenges U.S. foreign aid to Israel. IRmep’s Center for Policy and Law is held a conference call briefing about the lawsuit August 11 at 10AM EST. This video introduces the call, begins the slide presentation at #9, and presents additional slides as Grant F. Smith responded to conference call participant questions.

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