Driving force behind Deir Yassin massacre still alive today

Deir Yassin
Photo: Deir Yassin Remembered

CHICAGO 04/09/2014) – Today marks 66 years since the Deir Yassin massacre in Palestine that occurred on April 9, 1948, when Jewish terrorists crept into the small village near Jerusalem in the early morning hours and slaughtered nearly 200 men, women and children.

Deir Yassin was not the first massacre or even the largest that occurred between the Partition of Palestine in November 1947 and the end of the Zionist war in January 1949. But it was the one Zionist Jews used to terrorize the native Palestinians, causing them to flee their homes and their beloved Palestine. Deir Yassin has come to symbolize the Nakba, or Catastrophe.

The Zionism that was responsible for the Deir Yassin massacre continues today and is the driving force behind Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Zionism is a racist ideology that calls for a state of racial and religious purity, a tyrannical idea that is an affront to humanity. Zionism has at its core the call for the removal of Palestinians from Palestine. It is destroying Palestine and erasing the Muslim and Christian histories from the land, in the effort to Judaize the land.

US aid to Israel: Fact Sheet

Total American aid to Israel since 1949 exceeds $118 billion (in non-inflation-adjusted dollars).

In the 2013 fiscal year, the U.S. gave Israel $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing funds (FMF).

“Foreign Military Financing refers to congressionally appropriated grants given to foreign governments to finance the purchase of American-made weapons, services and training. The vast majority of these funds goes to Israel and Egypt,” according to the Federation of American Scientists.
At the completion of this 10-year-plan in 2018, the U.S. will have given Israel $30 billion in unconditional military aid. The United States awards this grant in one lump sum, unlike other foreign recipients, which receive their payments in installments. Israel uses the interest it earns on this amount to pay down its debt to the United States, valued at $455 million in January 2013.

Under the terms of the agreement, Israel will be able to spend 26 percent of these U.S. funds on Israeli-manufactured military equipment. (This is known as Off-Shore Procurement.) This agreement, which is unique only to Israel, has allowed Israel to grow to be the world’s 7th largest exporter of military weaponry and equipment.
Israel also receives aid in other ways such as loan guarantees, refugee resettlement assistance, and reduced cost or free military equipment.

How does Israeli aid impact us?

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(WASHINGTON DC, 03/17/2014) — The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy group, is using the beloved Cherry Blossom Festival to attract attention to its message: US aid to Israel has got to stop.

The ad, which depicts Uncle Sam holding an Israeli flag with the tagline “Americans are sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to,” calls for an end of US foreign aid to Israel. It is appearing on Metro buses on the Cherry Blossom Festival route in order to attract the attention of tourists.

“While Americans are struggling to pay their taxes during these difficult economic times, our hard-earned money is going to a country that has implemented the last and longest-lasting military occupation in the modern world,” said AMP board member Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, of the DC area.

US Aid to Israel: Impact on America

BUYING POWER OF $30 BILLION
What’s the impact of giving Israel more than $3 billion every year for 10 years on the average American? What could that money buy here at home?

  • Saved Detroit from bankruptcy: In July 2013, the city of Detroit’s deficit was $380 million, a drop in a $3 billion bucket. Even the city’s $18 million short- and long-term debt is less than our cumulative $30 billion payout to Israel.
  • Supply homes to working families: $30 billon would build more than 40,000 new homes for working families in the Washington DC area. (US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation)
  • Provide job training: $30 billion could train nearly 5 million Americans in green job technology. (US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation)
  • Save school programs. Just one-third of this year’s payout to Israel – or $1 billion – would balance the education budget for two years for the entire state of Kansas, according to Topeka-Capital Journal. Or, just a fraction -- $304 million – could have been used to rehire the nearly 4,000 Philadelphia School District staff members that were laid off in 2013. (Non Profit Quarterly, October 2013)
  • Allow more students to go to college: Again, roughly a third of our annual payout to Israel – or $1.4 billion – would make up the projected budget shortfall in the federal Pell Grant loan program in 2015. (Inside Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2013)

Empowerment Through Education and Action

The American Muslims for Palestine firmly believes that educating the American public is key to bringing about change in the Middle East. Because once Americans know what is truly happening on the ground in Palestine, they will no longer allow their tax dollars to be used to support Israel's military occupation of Palestine, the world's last and longest-lasting occupation. We are all empowered to act for justice when we know the truth.

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