New Voices Against Unconditional Support to Israel Getting Momentum in U.S.
|Tuesday, August 12,2008 09:18|
|By Khaled Salam|
The Council for the National Interest (CNI), founded by former Congressman Paul Findly, launched a campaign to lobby U.S. Congress to stop U.S. aid to Israel unless Israel “follows through with measures that are deemed essential for peace” according to the petition sent to members of Congress.
A statement on the CNI website reads “As Israel continues to expand its illegal settlement activity, blockade
“Continued aid to
It is unclear how successful this campaign will be or what impact it will have, if any, especially in light of the strong influence the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S has on the highest decision making circuits in the government and Congress.
The campaign, however, represent a new voice that’s getting momentum in the U.S. speaking up against U.S. unconditional support to Israel and its implications on U.S. interests and security.
Earlier this year, the JStreet.org, which is a new pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby was founded in the U.S. by liberal American Jewish activists to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, and support a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region, according the statement on their website.
Click here to sign the petition. Below is template of the petition letter CNI asked supporters to send to their congress representatives.
“This letter is to urge you not to support military aid to
Israeli policy also violates stated
This reality has existed for decades and is certainly one of the root causes of radicalism against the
I’m sure that you will agree that the first consideration on any
I appreciate your consideration of my views and hope that you will take action to help reverse this destructive policy.