Petition by: James Harris – Berkeley, CA – Congressperson Barbara Lee, who calls herself a “renegade for peace and justice” is on this issue actually a “conformist for war and occupation”, a vocal supporter of “robust” US military aid to Israel, as she has received campaign funding from an organization that requires this position before it supports any candidate. While giving lip-service to peace, she supports funding the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. It is time to end this hypocrisy. US law demands that no military aid be granted to governments that uses its weapons against civilians. It is time that Barbara Lee complies with that law and call for an end to this aid to Israel.
Three particular incidents are of great concern. On May 15th of this year the Israeli military shot and killed two youth, Muhammad Abu Thahr, 16, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, as they took part in a demonstration, using live ammunition. Human Rights Watch has called this a possible war crime.
The brutal beating of Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem by the Israeli police on the 4th of July is another case of what Israel does with impunity, though only rarely does it get international coverage. Tariq was beaten and then arrested, initially denied medical care.
Finally, there is the unchecked violence of the members of the Israeli government itself. Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians. “Including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” This call has been answered, in the grisly death of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair.
Beyond the recent escalation of violence against Palestinian civilians, there has been the relentless demolition of Palestinian homes and farms, the build-up of Israeli settlements that are illegal under international law. “Peace talks” seem only to speed up the process of colonialization. It is time to match words for peace with action for peace. Call for an immediate end to military aid to Israel.
Rep. Barbara Lee, California-13
We demand Barbara Lee call for an immediate end to military aid to Israel.