Washington,9 Rabiul Awwal 1434/21 January 2013 (MINA) – Americans have taken to the streets in Washington DC to condemn US President Barack Obama’s ongoing financial support of Israel, as his country continues in its economic doldrums, Press TV reports as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
“We are providing a big part of the budget to a country…spending a lot of money in Israel and we are not asking any questions about how the money is being spent,” said Cathy Lisa Schneider, with the Jewish Voice for Peace, at a rally march held in the nation’s capital.
Activists criticized the US for its incontestable financial support of Israel, particularly at a time when numerous polls also indicate that a majority of Americans are not in favor of the White House’s policies regarding the handling of the economic crisis.
“We should question what is being done with that money and if the country is violating international law, domestic law,” added Schneider.
The demonstrators went on to condemn Washington for supporting Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people.
“We are giving Israel aid to help the country to demolish other people, to demolish their homes, to obstruct peace,” said Ibrahim Oweiss a former professor at Georgetown University.
Experts point out that US financial and military support of Israel has been deeply embedded in an ongoing cycle involving aspects of politics, business, and society.
“Our tax dollars are going in and then that money is coming back to US contractors, US companies that in turn have a lot of lobbies that support US military aid to Israel,” a protester said.
Conservative estimates put US aid to Israel at USD 123 billion since the late 1940s, but that number may be much higher due to indirect funding through various US agencies. (T.R-014/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)