Friday, April 3, 2009


Amnesty International sent me notification today that the U.S. has just completed a massive arms shipment to Israel. How could Barack Obama's administration approve this shipment after seeing what Israel did to the Palestinians in Gaza at the beginning of January. Israel bombed the Palestinians most of whom are under 16 constantly day and night. The Israeli Defense Forces used white phosphorous shells to terrorize the population. IDF soldiers shot defenseless men, women and children in the streets. And there was no escape for the Palestinians. Israel had closed and sealed all of its borders. The result was that civilians in Gaza had no where and no means to flee.

So how could the U.S. re-arm Israel now?

Writes Amnesty:

"New information obtained by Amnesty researchers this week confirmed a massive shipment of U.S. weapons was delivered to Israel on March 22nd.

"The administration allowed the delivery, despite clear evidence of Israeli human rights violations, some amounting to war crimes, including the controversial use of U.S. made white phosphorous munitions over densely populated areas. That's the white phosphorous that sticks to flesh and sears it until completely deprived of oxygen. . .

"Last month, our researcher from Gaza came to Washington, DC and met with State Department officials to present our evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza. They told us during those meetings that they were concerned and would review our evidence.

"The State Department has a moral and legal obligation to make sure U.S. weapons don't go to foreign forces with a record of committing gross human rights violations.

"So, what happened? Did they decide against overwhelming evidence that Israel's actions were completely justified and didn't violate numerous international and U.S. laws? Did they put any extra restrictions on the use of these new arms? . . .

"There is no way you and I can let tons of weapons land in Israel's hands with no questions asked."

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