ACTION ALERT: Urge Congressional Action to Curb Israel’s Disproportionate Violence

July 17th, 2006 - by admin

Stacey Tallitsch / USAlone – 2006-07-17 23:15:12


Over the weekend an ad hoc group of Jewish leaders in Los Angeles denounced Israel’s collective punishment attacks on civilians and their infrastructure. It is time for Congress to do the same thing, and to back it up with a threat to cut off all military aid and foreign assistance to Israel.

This last Thursday, July 13th, the diplomatically hostile John Bolton vetoed a U.N. security council resolution calling for ALL sides to exercise restraint. This was in response to Israel’s “disproportionate” over-reaction in launching a massive new military assault on Gaza because of the kidnaping of a single soldier.

The resolution called not just for Israel to suspend its attacks, but for the other side to do the same and to release that soldier. But even that was not reasonable enough for the rabid war-mongers who are driving current US and Israeli policy.

The failure of the UN to act because of the Bush administration’s anti-leadership has now precipitated even graver escalations of insanity as Israel attacks the Beirut international airport, power stations and other civilian installations.

This is NOT self defense. This is the Bush Doctrine of gross violations of the Geneva Conventions. These are war crimes of aggression which no atrocity on the other side can justify. And they must stop.

We have no direct influence on Hamas or Hezbollah. But we are currently giving Israel $2.5 billion dollars a year in foreign aid, most of it direct military assistance. It is time for us to stop being apologists for the inexcusable. It it time to demand Israel conduct itself as a civilized nation or we’re cutting them off. Congress must lead where the president will not.

• Call your members of Congress NOW at 888-355-3588 or 800-828-0498 and demand action, and follow up by submitting this action page.

This alert is brought to you through the activism of Stacey Tallitsch, running for the US House in the 1st Congressional district, and one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Louisiana. Many of you have already submitted his action page calling for the troops in Iraq to start coming home now, a policy that is more surely correct with every passing state of emergency in Baghdad.

Stacey has already produced his first call to action radio spot, calling for an end of the obstinate occupation of Iraq, a military escapade which has brought nothing but death and destruction to both their country and our own.

Thanks to your generosity, Stacey needs just a couple more donations to start running these radio spots on his local stations, to build the consensus to actually start bringing our brave troops home. You can hear the new spot on this page.

Nobody can predict how a particular race will turn out. But we know that the spots we ran on impeachment had tremendous secondary impact, as TWO other groups were inspired to run their own call to action ads on this issue as a result of the investment we made in this action.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours.