Event of The Jerusalem Center, Washington, DC.
The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Mr. Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EST
The Palestine Center
From 2000-2009, the United States gave Israel more than $24 billion in military aid and delivered more than 670 million weapons, rounds of ammunition, and related equipment to the Israeli military. These weapons had, and continue to have, a devastating impact on Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.
Drawing upon extensive original research on the quantity of weapons transferred, and the human impact and budgetary trade-offs of U.S. military aid to Israel, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will launch its first-ever policy paper, “U.S. Military Aid to Israel: Policy Implications & Options,” at this event. The policy paper lays out the human rights, legal, political, and economic rationales for ending U.S. military aid to Israel.
Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 380 organizations, including The Palestine Center, that works to end U.S. support for Israel’s illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality.
Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. His analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appear frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, CSPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Middle East Report and more.
The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation and equal rights for all by challenging U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Campaign is based on human rights and international law, providing a non-sectarian framework for everyone who supports its Call to Action. Its strategy is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public so as to change the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to support peace, justice, human rights, and international law.
Occupy AIPAC is a coalition of over 100 peace and justice groups who have organized a gathering in Washington, D.C., called “Move Over AIPAC: Building a New U.S. Middle East Policy.” Timed to coincide with the annual policy meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), this gathering will bring activists and concerned citizens from around the country to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on U.S. policy and how to strengthen an alternative that respects the rights of all people in the region.
Copies of the 40-page report will be made available for attendees.