Barbara Olson and Tsela Barr: Stop Funding Israel’s Oppression Campaign | Column
As soon as the first rocket left Gaza, the mainstream press suddenly discovered that “tensions were escalating” and that the “conflict”, which by the way has just been described by Human Rights Watch as an apartheid system, calls for “restraint on both sides”. . “
And then came the predictable statements from pundits and politicians on all sides that Israel has “the right to defend itself.”
Do Palestinians have the right to defend themselves? Do they have the right to declare, like the Black Lives Matter protesters and all human beings around the world, that they have a right to freedom and dignity? That without justice there is no peace?
The guarantee for this injustice is massive US aid to Israel, currently $ 3.8 billion a year, which does not include, for example, tax-exempt private donations to Israeli “charities” that fund and lead the expropriations of Palestinians like the residents of Sheikh Jarrah.
All citizens who pay taxes in this country pay for military equipment that is used to slaughter innocent civilians, illegally hold prisoners without charge, including children, destroy homes, seize land and property, and generally making daily life hell for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Appreciating this largesse, the Netanyahu government recently asked the State Department to withdraw from Jerusalem. After the “high sugar” of the Trump years, even the slightest hint of disapproval was too much; Americans are expected to simply support Israel no matter what.