Written byÂ Josh Ruebner
USCPRâs newÂ interactive map of military aid to IsraelÂ is featured in anÂ article by Middle East EyeÂ with commentary from USCPRÂ Policy Director Josh Ruebner.
The interactive tool onÂ militaryaidtoisrael.orgÂ 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.
âThis map is a tool for local activists to engage their members of Congress,â said Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.Â âThis is especially useful in discussing accountability for Israelâs 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.â
The tool, Ruebner said, will help continue building this type of âintersectionality workâ between Palestinian solidarity activists and other social justice groups.
âBuilding political power from the municipal level upward is an important component to changing federal-level policies that sustain Israelâs oppression of Palestinians,â he said.
âThis 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.â
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)