Written byĀ Josh Ruebner
USCPRās newĀ interactive map of military aid to IsraelĀ is featured in anĀ article by Middle East EyeĀ with commentary from USCPRĀ Policy Director Josh Ruebner.
The interactive tool onĀ militaryaidtoisrael.orgĀ can disclose to Americans just how much they are paying each year for weapons to Israel and what programmes could be funded instead to benefit their state. For a deeper dive, citizens and activists can find out the annual allocation of military aid to Israel by Congressional district, county and even city.
āThis map is a tool for local activists to engage their members of Congress,ā said Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.Ā āThis is especially useful in discussing accountability for Israelās violations of US weapons laws in the current context of the Great March of Return, where Israel is using US weapons to kill unarmed Palestinian protesters.ā
The tool, Ruebner said, will help continue building this type of āintersectionality workā between Palestinian solidarity activists and other social justice groups.
āBuilding political power from the municipal level upward is an important component to changing federal-level policies that sustain Israelās oppression of Palestinians,ā he said.
āThis map will be a tool to help activists pass local city council resolutions to end US weapons to Israel and redirect that money to unmet community needs, thereby furthering this process.ā