FAQ

Some Facts about AIPAC:

#1: How much military aid has the US granted to Israel?

Between the years 1949 and 2010, the United States granted $61.3 billion in military aid to Israel.

#2: How much military aid will the US grant Israel in this decade?

A whopping $30 billion in U.S. military aid has been promised to Israel for the years 2009 to 2018.

#3: What is the question of the settlements?

Approximately 600,000 Israeli settlers currently live within the occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law.  United Nations Security Council Resolution 446, adopted in 1979, determined “that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” (http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/370/60/IMG/NR037060.pdf?OpenElement)

#4: How many Palestinians currently live under Israeli occupation?

There are approximately four million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, according to 2007 census figures compiled by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and reported in Ha’aretz.

#5: I often hear about Israelis threatened by Palestinian violence.  Are Palestinians killed and injured in this conflict, too?

Between September 29, 2000 and August 31, 2010, 1,084 Israelis were killed by Palestinians, including 124 minors. During the same period, 6,408 Palestinians were killed by Israelis, including 1,315 minors. These statistics, reported by B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, reflect the extreme disparity in the capacity of the two parties to inflict trauma, loss, and death through acts of violence. Israel’s military dominance is largely a result of U.S. largesse through military aid, as well as access to sophisticated U.S.-designed military technology.

#6: Weapons purchased by Israel using U.S. military aid are used against civilians in violation of U.S. laws.

Source: http://www.twopeoplesonefuture.org/background/fastfacts/

Read more about US military aid to Israel here:

Israelis march to oppose War on Iran in Tel Aviv in March 2012.

 

Some Background Information and Reading on AIPAC:

How (not) to hide the elephant in the room

20 September 2012 | Stephen M. Walt

In caving on Jerusalem, Dems pulled back the curtain on the lobby

6 September 2012 | Philip Weiss

Romney’s Iran Campaign: Made in Israel

30 July 2012 | Jeff Klein

How the Israel lobby erodes US sovereignty 

29 June 2012 | Ahmed Moor

Sunlight on the lobby: AIPAC’s push for war exposed in ‘Atlantic’ magazine blog

5 March 2012 | Dana Milbank

AIPAC beats the drums of war

24 February 2012 | Alex Kane

AIPAC and the Push Towards War

21 February 2012 | Robert Wright, The Atlantic

Iran War: What Is AIPAC Planning?

9 February 2012 | MJ Rosenberg, The Huffington Post

The downside of unbridled support for Israel
27 January 2012 | Mairav Zonszein, Ha’aretz

AIPAC’s “War With Iran” Bill Passes House Committee
13 January 2012 | MJ Rosenberg, The Huffington Post

Under the Influence, a critical look at AIPAC
University of South Carolina, School of Journalism

Why did it take 6 years to talk about the Israel lobby?
14 December 2011 | Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

Former AIPAC president hopes to oversee Iran divestment

4 August 2010 | Hilary Leila Kriegerla

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