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Stop the Blank Check to Israel


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: foreign aid, economy, ethics, Israel, Palestine )

Kathleen
- 745 days ago - stoptheblankcheck.org
A campaign to stop the $8,000,000.00 per day in aid to Israel, from USA tax dollars. Especially since this aid is used to occupy & oppress the Palestinian people & the very real need of our American tax dollars for domestic needs. Charity begins at home.



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Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:55 pm

Thanks, Kate. GLADLY signed (and promoted to friends).

 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:15 pm
Thank you, Angelika, for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!
Signed with the greatest of pleasure! Thanks Kate and Carole! Have you read the ifamericansknew link?
And that's not even all what is mentioned there, counting in the generous "gifts" in the planning for the next 2 years or so.(at least 2 new mega military constructions US funded, as reported recently)
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:16 pm
Thank you, J L... for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:29 pm
In addition, what makes the whole outrageous insanity even more insane is the fact that America, by supporting this his love-child ally in such an extraordinary way, is acting AGAINST her own interests but sadly still remains a slave to the zionist lobby, AIPAC being just a part of it.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:54 pm
Thank you all for your support of Palestine. The If Americans Knew site & Alison Weir are brilliant, I was considering submitting their article on ordering Bethlehem Cards, which I'm familiar with as I passed them out last year. They are post card sized with facts about how "the 4,000 year old city is a virtual prison for its Palestinian Christian and Muslim citizens. Bethlehem has only three gates to the outside world, all tightly controlled by IOF."

For more information: IfAmericansKnew.org * CNIOnline.org
Cannot do it myself tonight and if anyone else wishes to submit, please feel free.
And thank you for supporting my first successful submission. kate
 

Sandrea S. (210)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:55 pm
Signed my cheque for zero dollars (against the insanity)
Thanks for sharing Carole, and posting Kate.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:55 pm
THIS is in truth the No1 "entitlement" that needs to go into the "fiscal cliff" debate for cuts!!
 

Vicky P. (466)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:57 pm
noted and signed
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:01 pm

(Do I have the best friends . . . or what???)

Thanks, guys -- and please consider offering your friendship to my new friend (and like-mind), Kate.

 

Sandrea S. (210)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:01 pm
Oh those cards sound great (for my zionest friends..... not)
Now I want a badge along these lines that I can display on various social settings, hmmm, hmmmmmmm.
 

Sandrea S. (210)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:04 pm
Friend-vite sent to Kate :)
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:06 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhh, Sandrea, you are just too friggin' wonderful! (Laughing . . . she's from Nova Scotia, and as such, still believes in true values.)

*GIANT HUG*

 

Kathleen B. (37)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:11 pm
Dear Sandrea: I know where you can find inexpensive bracelets & pins ($5.00 & $1.50) representing Palestine.
wrmea.org has a shopping section that I was looking at yesterday, I'm going to get some organic Palestinian olive oil, couscous, maybe soap for Christmas gifts. That is Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, who publish a magazine and were the ones who OPENED my eyes to the truth.
 

Sandrea S. (210)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:18 pm
That's a good one Carole, what eh wuh?

Ahhh Kate, that's wonderful. Thanks, I'll head ther right now. I'll be supporting good people in exchange for goods I'll enjoy = win-win!
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:53 pm

Eh, Sandrea. We need to set ourselves down, with a cup o' coffee some morning . . . and have a good talk.

(Luv ya.)

 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:59 pm
Signed, Thanks Kate for posting, Carole for forwarding. I also forward to others.
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:01 pm

Thank you, dear Henriette.

 

Sandrea S. (210)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:03 pm
Sounds great, Carole! Big, big hug to you!!
 

Edwin M. (356)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:07 pm
Signed, thanks Kate and thanks Carole for the forward.
 

Abdessalam Diab (150)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:12 pm
Thank you, Abdessalam Diab, for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!

Thanks Kate for the post. Thanks to all who signed.
 

Bee S. (208)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:12 pm
Signed. Thank you, Kate, Carole and Henriette.
 

Cher Away Moving (1470)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:17 pm


Thnx for the post Kate!! And thnx for the forward Carole hun.


 

Barbara W. (342)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:18 pm
I have added this to Rumble and several other places.. Thanks Carole for the share..

My comments:

"We give Israel, a wealthy nation, billions of America's hard to come by tax dollars and Israel, in return, buy WMD from US! Then Israel turns around and pays US with American tax dollars for these WMD and then, Israel use's American WMD to murder Palestinian children, the elderly, etc. Charity begins at home America, and there's no charity in the killing of innocence.

American families are asked to sacrifice for the better good? What better good is that? How sick is this ugly agenda? It's more then sick, it's downright UN-American, UN-Christian and evil.
Stop the blank check to Israel!
http://stoptheblankcheck.org/check.php#.UL_FUaz4KSp

Please sign the petition..Add your thoughts.. Share
 

Pat B. (354)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thank you, Kate, and Carole for FW. Signed.
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:29 pm

OMG, you ALL are so wonderful.

THANK YOU!

(If I can send you a green star, I will . . . but, if I can't please know that I owe you one -- or more.)

 

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:48 pm
Thank you for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:52 pm
If you didn't take time to read on, here's a bit from the site:

Critics point out how much brighter our future would be if we had invested these billions or trillions in veteran rehabilitation and care, education, job creation, social security, housing, environmental clean-up and prevention, roads, bridges, health care, and scientific and health research. Or if Americans had simply held onto their tax dollars and used them as they saw fit, in our own economy. If some of the higher estimates are closer to the mark, our support for Israel could easily have covered the $700 billion TARP bailout with a great deal left over for massive stimulus spending and/or tax breaks.

If Israel were using these funds for a good purpose, one could debate whether the price was worth it. But Israel uses most of the money to prolong a 45-year military occupation (which regularly involves gross violations of international law),[49] commit egregious human rights violations,[50] and destroy billions of dollars worth of Palestinian homes and infrastructure[51] (resulting in still more U.S. tax money being sent to Palestinians to rebuild demolished homes, hospitals, and schools), while building illegal Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land.[52]

It makes the prospect of peace ever more distant, creates dangerous hostility to the US, placing Americans in peril, and puts the US Congress in violation of the Arms Export Control Act,[53] all for the sake of campaign contributions.

There is no good reason to keep throwing good money after bad in a failed, ill-founded policy. It's long past time for a fundamental rethinking of the American government's blank check to Israel.
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:56 pm

That is so true.

Thank you for your breath of reality, Angie.

(Bless your heart.)


 

Ros G. (84)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:19 pm
Thanks Carole for the forward and Kate - signed with a message that all World Governments should take a lead as well - that means Australia too.
 

Jim Phillips (3201)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:28 pm
Check signed.

http://stoptheblankcheck.org/check.php#.UL_zVN3AObA

No more "blank" checks to Israel. Bring US dollars home to USA for US Citizens.

Ty, C forward & Kate for news.
.
 

Abo r. (103)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:45 pm

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Kate because you have done so within the last week.
 

Abo r. (103)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:54 pm
I have said in previous various posts directing questions to the Amricans and specially taxpayers , thier money is so valued to be used within US for buildings to the homeless, for creating jobs for the jobless, for education, for supporting health insurance and for food to feed the hungy ones much better than to donate it for killing and murdering civilians children and women and aged ....
Donation to the IDF must be stopped and the US money to be used for US people not for demolishing houses over its inhibitance and not for destructing fruit trees specially the Olive trees .
 

jo M. (3)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:37 pm
While we're at it, no financial aid to any other nation, and none to Palestinians, either.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:05 pm
The herd is coming! ...I'm so not surprised!

Thanks for posting, Kate. I am short of green stars right now, but I managed to send a few. To my favourite green star targets: if you have not get one today, please, take a rain check. (pun intended!)
 

Mary T. (185)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:28 pm
Thank you for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel, Signed and shared.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:39 am
Thank you, Robert Ortiz, for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!

Thanks Kate.
 

Arild Warud (170)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:48 am
Signed,thanks Kate and "C" for the fw.
 

Tinkie K. (71)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:30 am
The American Foreign Aid is a disgrace. It's not 'aid' at all, only for the American Military Industry it is 'aid'.
Israel, and other countries which receive this 'aid', must purchase military equipment with the money. It's not intended for education or for any other positive action - it's purely about profit and war. The aid comes to Israel and Israel must purchase equipment from American military manufacturers.
So in fact, your tax money is going to the military industry in the USA. A 'great' plunder straight into the pockets of the war-mongers.
It's outrageous, but up to now I think not many people bothered to actually understand this process and now, of course, it's too late. They will go on with their horrendous system until 'the end'.
 

John Gregoire (264)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:23 am
Signed and shared
 

tasunka m. (338)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:44 am
when the US first started helping Israel it was truly needed.
Alas, The Israel that exists now,is not the one I visited twice in my younger life.
Religious fanaticism ( on all sides) has made the holiness of the historical sites a mockery.
We have way too many domestic problems to give away so much of the money we need to rebuild THIS COUNTRY.
I used to think they fought defensively only,and truly prayed for peace. To have peace you have to respect your neighbors no matter what your differences. And in all honesty semitic applies to both Israeli (born there)
and Palestinian, in a time long ago they were brothers of the same father.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 7:26 am
Thank you, Olivia, for signing the check to stop the blank check to Israel!
Thanks Kate and Carole for the forward
 

Arielle S. (317)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 7:35 am
Kudos to Kate and Carole - and to all who signed....
 

. (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 8:58 am
signed, thnx!
 

Kathy Chadwell (365)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:01 am
I did fill it out and added everything including a message and I still get this after 6 tries,,, I give up
Your contact information is required so that we can pass your message on to the candidates.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:07 am
Kathy, are you SURE you also filled in your email at the BOTTOM and did the security/verification check?
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:10 am
I signed this protest of American spending on war activity. I'm against all war activity right now. We should not be spending the money we do in Afghanistan, either, IMO. In no way am I anti-Israeli; I am pro-peace between all countries, neighbors or not. I think it is unconscionable for the US to be spending these huge amounts while its own citizens are finding it difficult to survive in their own country. Where have our values gone? I hope Israel & Palestine find a way of coexisting without killing each other further. Thanks Kate & Carol for forwarding. Indeed charity should begin at home.
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:26 am

I so agree, Caitlin.

"Where have our values gone?"

Yes, I don't know why ANYONE can't see that it is immoral to deny needed health coverage, food, Soc. Security, etc. to a country's own most-needy citizens . . . and then spend much more than what those services cost by engaging in, and/or funding, foreign wars!

 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:32 am
I think this petition is grossly biased against Israel.

US Aid pays much more to much less deserving countries. The greatest US Aid recipient is Pakistan, even though the government of Pakistan was hiding Bin Laden and jailed the doctor who helped to find him.

Islamic countries get 30 BILLION a year, all the while lots of folks there hate America and bite the hand that feeds them.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:31 am
@Bob: I don't know where you're getting your information from but Israel is the largest recipient of US aid.
Also, countries you label "Islamic": Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Algeria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Bahrain, UAEmirates, Kuwait, Turkey (just off the top of my head) have billions of people, unlike the few million Israelis.

The time for balance is long passed, the deck has been stacked to favor Israel since 1947 and in return it spies on US, kills Americans without consequence, ignores UN resolutions, breaks international law, commits war crimes routinely, cries anti-semitism at every criticism, smears the character & destroys careers of those who dare criticize it, (Helen Thomas, Jimmy Carter, General Petraeus, M. Vanunu) spring to mind) and has greatly contributed to the corruption of USA elected officials.

Excuse me if my opinion is that it is Israel that bites the hand of America. And the people under brutal tyrants of our client states hate America? Go figure. Israel is no victim, it is an abusive occupier, to put it mildly.
 

Beth FS (149)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:39 am
Gladly signed, thanks Carole :)
 

Beth FS (149)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:43 am
A big thanks to Kate as well for the post :) Gladly noted.
 

Robert B. (58)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:46 am
As long as Israel insists on building new settlements on occupied territory, they should get no aid other that humanitarian aid from the US. They need to settle this once and for all by coming up with a two state solution.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:37 pm
Dear Jelica, thank you, I wondered if you saw my post about buying
authentic items from Palestine at wrmea.org ? Also wanted to share a link
to a group of women peace activists who started a project to find who's
profitting from the occupation at
www.whoprrofits.org/ or if link doesn't work
http://www.coalitionofwomen.org/?page_id=187&lang=en thanks too about the
star, I'm a bit overwhelmed at response & think you did. I credit Just
Carole for promoting the article, I was fearful it would languish. Thanks
again. kateb
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:27 pm
Without knowing who published this article, or who even WROTE it, there were a lot of figures flying through this article. It's amazing how many readers don't see huge faults in what they read before they post.
The obvious ones are the people who simply hate Israel.
 

Sandrea S. (210)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:47 pm
Lots of figures here: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost_of_israel.html
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:27 pm
ILots of numbers here too: rememberthesechildren.org which lists chronologically Palestinian and Israeli children's deaths from 2007 to present. Alison Weir is her name, she also published an investigative report on the Israeli bias in reporting on the "conflict" in the Holy Land, in the early 2000's. Page after page of how Israelis have names while Palestinians usually do not, what gets reported and what is omitted. Page after page of numbers, dates and other fascinating stuff, especially if you're a statistician.
 

Diane O. (167)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:32 pm
First of all, Israel doesn't get a blank check. Israel is an island of democracy surrounded by dictatorships or theocracies that serves as an anchor of democratic values and economic prosperity. Our support of Israel is constantly challenged in the United Nations and among "politically correct" influences in international circles. However, if you have ever visited Israel and other countries in the middle east, you realize that in the long term Israel and it's example is the best hope for long term stability in the region.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:35 pm
OOOps, the Israeli bias of the New York Times, the supposed US newspaper of record is the investigative report that I'm referencing in the Dec. 6, 2012, 3:27 pm post. sorry about omitting.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:43 pm
It's amazing how some readers don't see huge faults in what they think before they comment.
The obvious ones are the people who simply hate Palestinians.

For anyone to read on the site who is able to read:
Sponsors on the "Stop the blank check to Israel":

The Council for the National Interest (CNI) is a nonpartisan think tank that was founded in 1989 by former U.S. Congressmen, Ambassadors, and other Americans to work for Middle East policies that serve the U.S. national interest; that represent the highest values of our founders and our citizens; and that work to sustain a nation of honor, decency, security, and prosperity. For more information see Council for the National Interest.org

If Americans Knew is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 to provide factual information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. connection to it, and to analyze media coverage of this issue. For more information see If Americans Knew.org
 

Diane O. (167)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:01 pm
There's no such thing as a non partisan think tank and there's certainly no such thing as an authoritative think tank for telling the truth. I will look at their website and get back with you. It comes down to what you believe to be a "non partisan" think tank.

Regarding Palistinians, ask those who live on the West Bank how their quality of life is compared with those on the Gaza Strip how their life is. Palistinians on the West Bank have far more political and economic freedom and prosperity than their compatriates on the Gaza Strip. Why? Because of Israeli governance vs. Hamas governance.
 

Judy C. (100)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:14 pm
Why the hell should we throw money away when we cannot even take care of our own children and elderly? If we'd quit doing this, the Arab world would not have reason to hate us. We need to stop feeding the bloated war profiteers. Signed. Thanks Kate.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:48 pm
@Diane: Did you get your talking points from Mitt Romney? It couldn't be the land, air, and sea blockade since the capture of Gilad Shalit could it?
The West Bank is occupied Palestinian Territory. It is against international law for an occupier (Israel) to move their population there. The West Bank is being ethnically cleansed as we sit here typing. Over 2,000 tenders issued in November to displace Palestinians from East Jerusalem, which is also OPT.

Economic prosperity is cold comfort when your ten year old is dragged out of bed in the middle of the night and arrested, with no charges. Don't you read B'tselem, the Israeli human rights group?
 

Jelica R. (157)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:33 pm
Kate, I doubt that Israeli apologists ever bother to read or think outside the "Israel=good; Palestina=evil" paradigm. That would shatter their fundamentally racist system of world order.
 

jo M. (3)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:39 pm
One could say exactly the same thing about the Palestinian apologists Jelica. Ya know, the Palestinians=good; Israelis= evil, non-thinkers.
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:51 pm
 
There is no "good" side to war.
 
One of my favorite articles on war (bookmarked for my future reference): War Is Sin (from Canadians Against War) (Posted June 1, 2009)
 
One of my favorite quotes from that article . . . and mind you, I am an agnostic, not a "believer" in any religion:
 
"War is always about betrayal. It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians. Society's institutions, including our religious institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, are unmasked. This betrayal is so deep that many never find their way back to faith in the nation or in any god. They nurse a self-destructive anger and resentment, understandable and justified, but also crippling. Ask a combat veteran struggling to piece his or her life together about God and watch the raw vitriol and pain pour out. They have seen into the corrupt heart of America, into the emptiness of its most sacred institutions, into our staggering hypocrisy, and those of us who refuse to heed their words become complicit in the evil they denounce."  
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:54 pm
 
The article I originally posted that comment on is one many could benefit from viewing:
 
What You Don't See in Media About Gaza
 
 
 

Sandrea S. (210)
Friday December 7, 2012, 6:50 am

The video Carole refers to, in the post above, is a must see to get a visual on the horrendous reports we've only read about.

Here's a commentary, by The Young Turks, about the $100 million dollars Israel is now holding back of Palestinians' money:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjd1eDBH-y4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

Jelica R. (157)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 7:07 pm
Not quite jo M. (December 6, 2012, 9:39 pm: " One could say exactly the same thing about the Palestinian apologists Jelica. Ya know, the Palestinians=good; Israelis= evil, non-thinkers")

Where did you find a Palestinian apologist on this page? Give me a single name and comment here where you see it.
 

jo M. (3)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:31 pm
I didn't state that I found a Palestinian apologist on this page Jelica, nor did I find any Israeli apologists here. Just being general, like you.
 

Suheyla C. (226)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 6:00 am
noted
Thanks carole and Kate
not signed
only for American citizens
 

nadia salem (1)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 9:28 pm
This has been my personal opinion that this conflict would end if the israelis would stop getting money from the US.
 

nadia salem (1)
Monday December 24, 2012, 12:08 pm
I'm pretty sure that if the US stopped paying Israeli's the money they keep paying the medicare problems would not only be resolved but increased in services. Heck if the US just asks for the money back from that wall that the Israeli's constructed to control Palestinians from going to and from placing the US would not have to cut anything from the budget.
 

Nancy C. (812)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:19 pm
sorry to be so late...n,s,fb
 

Ee F. (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:35 am
Stop it! It's perpetuating war, damage, injury, death, and killings. We want life, peace, and well-being for all!
 
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