H.R. 2590 ‘‘Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act’’ / Gaza Fights For Freedom

U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel: $146 billion since 1948  LINK

April 15, 2021  | H.R. 2590 


“A BILL To promote and protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and to ensure that United States taxpayer funds are not used by the Government of Israel to support the military detention of Palestinian children, the unlawful seizure, appropriation, and destruction of Palestinian property and forcible transfer of civilians in the West Bank, or further annexation of Palestinian land in violation of international law.”


“(30)Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of United States foreign assistance since World War II, receiving from the United States $146,000,000,000 (current, or noninflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance and military funding.

(31)In 2016, the United States and Israeli governments signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military assistance, covering fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2028.

(32)Under the terms of the MOU, the United States pledges to provide $38,000,000,000 in military assistance ($33,000,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing grants plus $5,000,000,000 in missile defense appropriations) to Israel, replacing a previous $30,000,000,000, 10-year agreement that ran through fiscal year 2018.

(33)The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116–260), provides the following for Israel:

(A) $3,300,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing (FMF), including $795,300,000 million designated specifically for procurements in Israel, commonly referred to as ‘‘offshore procurements’’.

(B) $5,000,000 in Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) for refugee resettlement.

(C) Reauthorization of War Reserve Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA–I) through 2023.

(D) $500,000,000 in missile defense, of which $73,000,000 is for Iron Dome, $177,000,000 for David’s Sling, $77,000,000 for Arrow 3, and $173,000,000 for Arrow 2.

(34) The sale and export of United States-origin defense articles and defense services to foreign countries are governed by an extensive set of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, including authorizations and reporting requirements in both the National Defense Authorization Acts and in the State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Acts.

(35) Congress has authorized sales to the Government of Israel under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151, et seq.) and the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (22 U.S.C. 2751, et seq.).

(36) The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (22 U.S.C. 271, et seq.) generally prohibits foreign countries from using funds made available under the Act for procurement outside the United States. However, each year since 1991, varying amounts of FMF grants have been designated for offshore procurements in Israel.”  P. 11-13


Link To Full Document_H.R. 2590





400 Jewish studies scholars denounce Israeli annexation as ‘apartheid’

“More than 400 Jewish and Israel studies academics have signed a statement denouncing potential Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank as “apartheid” and say it would be a “crime against humanity” according to international statutes.

“Representing a spectrum of viewpoints, we write in opposition to the continuation of the occupation and the stated intention of the current elected government in Israel to annex parts of the West Bank, thereby formally (de jure) creating apartheid conditions in Israel and Palestine,” the statement reads.

It continues, “Under these conditions, annexation of Palestinian territories will cement into place an anti-democratic system of separate and unequal law and systemic discrimination against the Palestinian population.”    Link To Full Article_The Jerusalem Post





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