Christian leaders ask Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance

Presbyterian News Service reports: Fifteen religious leaders representing many major faith groups in the country, have written a letter to Congress seeking to make U.S. military aid to Israel contingent upon its government’s “compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies.”

Signers of the letter include Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons.

The signers say they “have worked for decades to support both Israelis and Palestinians in their desire to live in peace and well-being” and “have witnessed the pain and suffering of Israelis as a result of Palestinian actions and of Palestinians as a result of Israeli actions.”

Though they recognize that both Israelis and Palestinians bear responsibility for the prolonged violence in the region, “unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel has contributed to deteriorating conditions in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories which threaten to lead the region further away from the realization of a just peace. Furthermore, such aid sustains the conflict and undermines the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

The signers urge an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which respectively prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations and limit the use of U.S. weapons to “internal security” or “legitimate self-defense.”

They urge Congress to hold hearings to examine Israel’s compliance, and request regular reporting on compliance and the withholding of military aid for non-compliance. [Continue reading — full text of the letter follows]

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2 thoughts on “Christian leaders ask Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance

  1. rosenberg

    Do not deceive yourself! These clergymen are motivated by malice and use the language of human rights as a cover. They are not interested in the context of Israel’s need to control a hostile population many of whom will settle for nothing less than Israel’s destruction. Check out the names of these clergy and their organization to see what are their attitudes and affiliations with regard to such terrorist organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah.rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg

  2. Paul Woodward

    Rabbi Rosenberg — I’m not sure whether to interpret your comment as an expression of paranoia, anti-Christian bigotry, or a combination of the two.

    76% of Americans identify themselves as Christians while less than 2% are Jewish. Who has a greater interest that there be cordial relations between these two faiths? I ask this as someone who is neither Christian nor Jewish.

    A rather strident minority of Christians share your view of “Israel’s need to control a hostile population”, but the majority of Americans have a less partisan view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Moreover, the idea that any group of people can claim the right to control a population who they view as hostile, is the mindset from a bygone era. No doubt there were many slave owners who believed that emancipation threatened the future of America.

    Demands for equal rights are reverberating across the globe and sooner or later Israel will either have to adapt to these changing conditions or if incapable of doing so its future will be untenable.

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