News Flash: We’ve Killed Over 1,000 Palestinians.

Via on Feb 12, 2009

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by Sarah Janelle Miller

It’s a harsh reality, but we as Americans have helped the slaughter of the Palestinian people to occur. With over 1,000 Palestinians currently dead as a result of the Israeli attacks, we need to get our facts straight.

Several nights ago on my local Pacifica station, I caught the tail end of one of my favorite shows, Arab Voices. They were playing clips from last week’s briefing held on Capitol Hill by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

There were also comments made by Congressman Dennis Kucinich about his request for the State Department to investigate Israel’s possible violations of the US Arms Export Control Act (AECA). He’s the only politician who has openly made this request.

None of this was news to me, but it got me thinking.

We as Americans, are allowing our government to continue their violent blunders. We are allowing them to act- by doing nothing. By being passive and lethargic.

We are also making HUGE contributions to this war (and other wars) through our tax dollars. Over half of our tax dollars go to weapons, military spending or foreign military aid. The US is also the largest manufacturer and exporter of war machines, weapons and arms- bankrolling such giants as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and picture-28Raytheon.

The largest recipient of such financing and weapons is Israel “who received over $21 billion in US security assistance, including $19 billion in direct military aid under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program. Through the FMF program, Israel remains the single largest recipient of US military aid each year, which they use to purchase US weapons.”

Money talks. Now that the banks are officially owned by the governemnt, Americans will have to be even more mindful of how and where their hard earned dollars are going.

We need more transparency. But we really need more action. If the people of the US could unify (or atleast a strong percentage of us) and demand that individual citizens be able to decide where and how their tax dollars are being used, that would be progress.

We must demand a peace wing, tactics of prevention and responsible peace keeping technologies. We must demand that our government be held accountable for its actions and that it act within the laws- both US and global. This, after all, is the body that represents us. As a people. As a Nation.

picture-19As Antony Loewenstein States in his new book, My Israel Question, A peaceful solution for the Middle East exists, but the fuel needs to be cut off. The central theme is money. Money buys weapons. Weapons are fueling this war.

Our Government needs change. But more importantly, the people allowing it carry out its tragic tasks needs to change.

That means you and me.

About Saraswati J.

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7 Responses to “News Flash: We’ve Killed Over 1,000 Palestinians.”

  1. [...] There were also comments made by Congressman Dennis Kucinich about his request for the State Department to investigate Israel’s possible violations of the US Arms Export Control Act (AECA). He’s the only politician read the rest>> [...]

  2. Tim Crosby says:

    I am very happy to see you (elephant) finally come out with something, anything, on the complicity of all of us, (practicing Bhuddists included), on the continuing “facts on the ground ” genocide and manifest destiny of the 61 years of Israels’ relentless campaign to expel Palestinians from Palestine. I sometimes think our collective hand wringing over Tibet, Darfur, etc. is a cover for NOT facing up to and talking out loud, in public, over the horrible truth of what America- Israel has been doing in Palestine.

  3. Thanks, Tim! Anytime you want to write anything for us, as long as it’s constructive (or brutally vicious is fine, too) let us know! editorial@elephantjournal.com

  4. Katja Miller says:

    Prof. Sharrani here at IU led a very loud and vocal protest of the war in Gaza and the unreal persecution of the Palestinians not long ago. I noticed that FSRN or Democracy Now (can’t remember which ) picked it up and reported on it. He’s a very powerful speaker and a very humble, brilliant man. I think his words and actions have done much to wake up the IU community at large.

  5. Have you thought about adding some social bookmarking buttons to these blog posts. At least for twitter.

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